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Skyhawks hang on to spot

Skyhawks hang on to spot
Skyhawks hang on to spot

HOLD ON — University of Tennessee at Martin’s Tyler Waltz tried to stay on a bull at the 43rd Annual UT Martin Spring College Rodeo
Typically, a team faces insurmountable pressure to finish first or stay in first place in every sport.
Second place is usually not a pressure position.
That wasn’t the case for the UT Martin men’s rodeo team. They needed to hang on to second place in the Ozark Region standings in order to claim an automatic berth in the College National Finals Rodeo in June at Casper, Wyo.
Entering this past weekend’s 43rd annual UT Martin rodeo at the Ned McWherter Agricultural Complex on campus, the Skyhawks had a slim 85-point advantage over rival Murray State, which was in third place in the Ozark Region standings.
Competition between UT Martin and Murray State was close for three nights. In fact, it was so close that UT Martin head coach John Luthi had to wait for the official results.
Troy won the UT Martin rodeo with 610 points, while Missouri Valley College finished second with 575 points.
UT Martin was third with 480 points and Murray State was fourth with 420 points.
With the third-place finish and the 60-point advantage, UT Martin claimed its 37th consecutive berth in the CNFR.
Freshman Tyler Waltz scored the only rough stock points for UT Martin when he finished fourth in the bareback average with 143 points on two rides.
Jordan Thrasher finished fourth in the steer wrestling average for UT Martin and fourth in the first round with a time of 6.7. He was fifth in the second round with a time of 8.6.
UT Martin also scored points in the team roping where Ben Walker and Thrasher finished second in the first go with a time of 8.1.
The duo tied for fifth in the average. Clay Mitchell and John Alley turned in a 6.5 run in the first round and finished third in the average.
On the women’s side, UT Martin finished second in its own rodeo with 300 points, while Troy was first with 500 points.
Junior Chelsie McDade finished first in the breakaway roping average, while Heather Moore was fifth in the average.
Abby McDuff was second in the second round of the goat tying with a time of 7.3. She finished fourth in the average.

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