|UTM’s Askey atop early CNFR standings |
|Posted: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 5:41 pm |
MARTIN, Tenn. – Senior Jeff Askey must have a fancy for matinees. Not movie matinees, but bull riding matinees.
The University of Tennessee at Martin bull rider turned in an 86.5-ride in Sunday afternoon’s “Bulls, Broncs and Breakaway” matinee, the first performance of the 2010 College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) at the Casper (Wyo.) Events Center.
“Jeff drew a bull that he rode in last year’s national finals and did a good job,” said UT Martin head rodeo coach John Luthi. Askey finished fifth in the nation last year.
Askey’s lead has UT Martin sitting in fourth place in the team standings with 80 points after the “Bulls, Broncs and Breakaway” performances.
Chase Miller turned in a 68.5-point ride in the saddle bronc competition and is currently 17th.
Josh Chase is ninth in the bareback competition, just five points away from the leaders after turning in a 75.5-point ride Sunday night.
On the women’s side, Abby McDuff is currently 23rd in the breakaway with an 11.9 run. McDuff broke the barrier and was penalized 10 seconds on the breakaway run.
“I am happy with what we did after four events today,” Luthi said. “We have to stay focused and hope for a good draw.”
Casey Cason is working the bareback riding for UT Martin, but failed to record a score in Sunday’s matinee. Luthi said Cason’s “hand came out” and it is extremely sore. Nelson Davis, the team’s athletic trainer and assistant coach, worked on Cason’s hand.
The CNFR, which continues through Saturday, June 19, is the “Rose Bowl” of college rodeo. It is where the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association crowns individual event champions in saddle bronc riding, bare back riding, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping, and goat tying. National team championships are also awarded to both men’s and women’s teams. Over 400 cowboys and cowgirls from over 100 universities and colleges compete in Casper each year.