CASPER, Wyo. — Heading into the final day of qualification at the College National Finals Rodeo, Southeastern’s women are projected in fourth place while the men are in 17th with the conclusion of the third round set for Friday evening.
The finals are slated for 7 p.m. tonight and can be followed on ESPN 3/Watch ESPN.
In the Breakaway Roping, freshman Cheyenne Epps started the week off strong posting a 2.3 in the breakaway roping competition, winning the first round of competition, which earned her a College National Finals Rodeo ring and points toward the women’s team total as well as rookie women points.
She came back and had some tough luck in the second round missing her calf. In order to have a chance for the short go round Cheyenne knew she needed to post a strong third go round time. Epps answered with a 2.7 in the third go which is good for 5th in the round with 10 contestants left to compete in the third round of competition.
She is also currently leading the Women’s Rookie Competition, which includes all freshman women competing at the CNFR, as well as 5th place in aggregate competition.
In the Goat Tying event, junior Shelby Whiting and freshman Kylee Bennett have competed in all three rounds are in a waiting game until Friday night’s competition is over to see if they qualify for the finals.
Whiting posted a 6.5 in the first round just out of placing in the first round of competition. She came back and had a little tough luck stumbling and falling but still reacting fast enough to post a 7.3 in the second round of goat tying.
Whiting improved her time to a 6.6 in the third round and is currently 11th place with a 20.4 with ten competitors left to compete.
Bennett started the first round off with some unfortunate luck by slipping while she was in route to flank her goat and ended up with a 7.6. She bounced back and posted the current fastest time off the competition with a 6.0 winning the 2nd round and earning her a CNFR ring.