By Kaylee Burnett on 06/14/2016
Casper, Wyo. — An even more difficult task than winning a national title is trying to repeat that two years in a row. Clay Elliott is doing everything he can to leave the Casper Events Center as the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) Saddle Bronc Riding Champion for the second year in a row.
Monday afternoon brought the first go-round of the 2016 CNFR to a close. It also kicked off the second go-round in the rough stock events and the breakaway.
On the rough stock side of the arena Clay Elliott got the second go-round off to a good start for the team. Elliott rode for a score of 73 which was good enough to tie for first place. He now has to wait through the rest of the round two bronc rides to see if that score will hold him at the top. Elliott also leads the average with a score of 148 points.
The Aggies had two tie-down ropers compete in the Monday morning slack. Caleb Bullock had a solid run of 10.1 which was good enough to place tied for ninth in the first go-round. Shade Etbauer unfortunately had some tough luck.
For the women, Kaylee Burnett had a clean run in the first go of the barrel racing. Lucy Lawson fell short and missed her second go-round calf in the breakaway roping.
Tuesday morning slack kicked off at 7 a.m. and will conclude the second round. Many OPSU Aggies will be showcased; Shade Etbauer and Jake Finlay in the bronc riding, Logan Patterson in the bareback riding, Josh Frost in the bull riding, Shade Etbauer and Caleb Bullock in the tie-down roping, and Kaylee Burnett in the barrel racing. The Tuesday night performance starts round three action. Burnett, Etbauer, and Patterson will compete.
Courtesy of OPSU