Day one of the College National Finals Rodeo is in the books, and Northwest College currently sits in ninth place in the team standings with 55 points. Panola Junior College is in first with 150 …
Day one of the College National Finals Rodeo is in the books, and Northwest College currently sits in ninth place in the team standings with 55 points. Panola Junior College is in first with 150 points, Panhandle State University is second with 145 points and Clarendon College rounds out the top three with 110 points.
NWC’s Caleb McMillan, ranked No. 1 in the nation in the all-around going into the CNFR, had a rough go in saddle bronc during the first rodeo of the day. Riding a horse called Bay Watch, McMillan was bucked off in two seconds for no score. McMillan was able to rebound in the day’s second rodeo in bull riding, scoring 78.5 points on a bull called Game Changer, though he cut his time a little close.
“It went alright,” McMillan said following his successful run. “After I got hooked I stood up and I was right next to the judge and he said I made it. I’ve been hooked in the last four rodeos, but I’m feeling good. I’m feeling pretty good about tomorrow [Monday].”
Sunday’s ride put him in a tie for third in bull riding. McMillan had a busy day at the CNFR on Monday, competing in bull and bronc riding as well as tie down roping.
Day two for McMillan started much as the previous day, as he missed his calf in the first round of tie down roping. McMillan will have a tough battle ahead in the next two rounds of the event to qualify for the finals on Saturday.
Three other Trappers competed Sunday, including bull riders Keaton Martz and Justin Ketzenberg and saddle bronc rider Clancy Glenn. Martz failed to finish on a bull called Pistol Packin Mama and Glenn was bucked early on a horse called Moonlight. Ketzenberg just missed finishing on a bull called Hot Rooster, lasting 7.91 seconds before he was thrown.
In Monday’s second round of saddle bronc riding, Glenn posted a score of 62 on a horse called Crazy Girl. Ketzenberg, meanwhile, was thrown for the second straight day, this time from a bull called Hoodlum.
The NWC roping team of Will Griffel and Colten Fisher missed their calf in the first round, scoring no points.