April 24, 2018
UT Martin Rodeo Team Wraps Up Stay At CNFR; Williford Advances To Bull Riding Finals For Second Consecutive Year Trevor Williford, a recent graduate from the University of Tennessee at Martin, finished his college rodeo career by advancing to the championship round of the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) bull riding Sunday at the Casper, Wyoming Events Center. Williford, from Macedonia, Illinois, finished second in the bull riding second 4round with a 74. A year ago, Williford finished sixth in the bull riding average at the CNFR. Williford was one of six men from UT Martin to qualify for the CNFR. Four UT Martin men qualified for the CNFR's bareback competition. Senior Tim Hensley's best ride was in the third go when he scored a 69. Hensley is from Peoria, Arizona. Junior Andy Carter, from Ellsinore, Missouri, had good rides in the first and second goes. Senior Josh Moon, from Lanette, Alabama, also had good rides in the first and second goes. Freshman Scotty NeSmith, from Russellville, Tennessee, had three good rides. He racked up 197 points, but missed the short round. He finished 16th overall in the average. Senior Mark White, from Reagan, Tennessee, concluded his collegiate rodeo career by competing in the CNFR's team roping. White and his teammate from Missouri Valley College finished 10th in the third go. Three UT Martin women advanced to the CNFR finals. Diane Alwardt, from Altamont, Illinois, finished eight in the goat tying third go with her time of 7.9. Jamie McPeake, a senior from Lexington, Tennessee, was fifth in the breakaway second go with a time of 2.4. McPeake also turned in a 2.8 in the third go. Senior Angela Reynolds, the daughter of Phil and Vickie Reynolds of Martin, competed in the CNFR's barrel racing. Reynolds had three good runs. She advanced to the CNFR as the two-time Ozark Region reserve champion barrel racer. The College National Finals Rodeo concluded Saturday. The nation's best college cowboys and cowgirls from 11 regions, were competing to win national titles in saddle bronc, bareback, bull riding, steer wrestling, calf roping, team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping and goat tying.
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