NMJC's Hayes, McLeod, and Burr Heading to CNFR
The College National Finals Rodeo begins its sixty-ninth finals this Sunday, June 11 and runs all week, concluding the final round Saturday evening June 17. Called the "Super Bowl for College Rodeo "and "The Best of the Best" over 400 intercollegiate cowgirls and cowboys from over 100 colleges and universities that make up the eleven regions of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association will converge on the city of Casper, Wyoming, to compete for individual and team titles to be CNFR Champions for 2017. NMJC's Head Coach Marty Eakin said, it will be a very exciting time for NMJC team ropers Wyatt Hayes (Header), Tyce McLeod (Heeler), and saddle bronc rider Preston Burr, all three have a great opportunity to show case their talents and compete in their event, as they represent New Mexico Junior College at the highest level of college rodeo".
Wyatt Hayes from Val Marie, SK, and team roping partner Tyce Mcleod from Waldeck, SK, earned their way impart, to the CNFR by winning the Tarleton State University and Howard College Championship team roping titles during the late spring NIRA/SWR season which allowed them to finish fourth in the region. Hayes and McLeod team roping runs will be during both Monday, June 12th Tuesday, June 13th CNFR-slack, and then their third go round run will be during the evening CNFR- performance June 14th.
Preston Burr from Stratford, TX will return to his second CNFR in saddle bronc riding. He finished second in the NIRA/SWR to qualify by winning the SB Championship at Vernon College rodeo and second in the average at both the ENMU and TSU rodeos. Preston will compete in the CNFR Matinee this Sunday afternoon, June 11 titled "Bulls, Broncs, and Breakaway". Then his next draw will be Tuesday, June 13 CNFR-slack and third go round CNFR -performance June 16.
All three NMJC Cowboys will have three go rounds during the week to qualify in their event. The top twelve cowboys per event will come back on Saturday evening, June 17, CNFR Championship Performance. You can follow the college rodeo finals on the internet at www.cnfr.com .