MITCHELL WINS SHORT GO, PLACES SECOND NATIONALLY IN TEAM ROPING AT 2017 CNFR
CASPER, Wyo. – Ross Mitchell, who recently completed his freshman season at the University of Tennessee at Martin, earned a victory during Saturday evening’s short go in team roping before finishing second in the national standings at the 69th annual College National Finals Rodeo.
A native of Bolivar, Tenn., Mitchell once again joined forces with East Mississippi’s Ethan Wheeler to record a time of 5.5 seconds during Saturday’s performance round – which was clocked as the best time out of the 12 qualified teams. Their overall score of 28.1 seconds finished second in the nation behind only the Texas Tech squad of Wesley Thorp and Cole Wheeler (25.2 seconds).
Mitchell was the lone UT Martin representative to compete for a national championship at the 2017 CNFR. Other final results involving UT Martin participants included Ryan McDaniel finishing 17th of 39 cowboys in bull riding (no score), Houston Herbert coming in 18th place out of 34 in bareback riding (191.5), Douglas Rich and East Mississippi’s Marcus Theriot placing 25th out of 44 in team roping (5.4), Kenzley Wilson finishing 30th out of 48 with a 2.3 in breakaway roping, Nealey Dalton coming in 36th place out of 52 in barrel racing (48.70) and Madison Crow placing 46th out of 52 with a 50.63 in barrel racing.
The 2017 CNFR concludes another strong season for UT Martin rodeo. The men’s team earned five top-three finishes with two victories while the women’s squad placed third or better in seven rodeos, including one win.