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Burr Wins CNFR Saddle Bronc Title

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Coach Marty Eakin with National Champ Preston Burr

6/19/2017 1:43:21 p.m. - Hobbs, NM.  

[Story by Jason Farmer, Hobbs News Sun]

Preston Burr ended his rodeo career at New Mexico Junior College in the grandest way as the Thunderbird sophomore went to Casper, Wyoming and won the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) championship in Saddle Bronc.

As a team, New Mexico Junior College finished 10th in the CNFR standings, scoring 325 points. Heading into the CNFR, Burr was ranked ninth nationally in the Saddle Bronc and was second in the Southwest Rodeo Association and the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.

Burr took the early lead, scoring a 78.5 in his first ride. He then scored a 60 on the second ride before putting up a 72 on his third ride. In the short go, Burr turned in a score of 74 to win with a score of 284.5 over his four rides.

Joining Burr in Casper, Wyoming were Wyatt Hayes and Tyce McLeod. Like Burr, both are sophomores. The T-Bird duo finished 13th overall in team roping.

Of the top 10 finishing schools, only three were junior college/community colleges. Hill College was the top-finishing two-year school, placing fourth overall while Eastern Mississippi Community College was seventh.

For schools in the Thunderbirds’ conference, only three other schools made it to the CNFR. Western Texas College (243.3) finished 18th, Odessa College (160) was 29th, and South Plains College (55) was 48th.

Panhandle State University won the team championship with 827.5 points while Sam Houston State (715) was second. Tarleton State (690), Hill College (620), and University of Montana, Western (550) rounded out the top five.

Texas Tech was sixth with 520 points while East Mississippi Community College (425), Southeastern Oklahoma State University (365), and Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obis-po (350) placed seventh eighth, and ninth.

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