LEVELLAND—Winning your conference in the junior college ranks is a daunting task.
Winning the region against fellow two-year schools, even tougher. Winning your region while competing against four-year universities and earning a berth to the College National Finals Rodeo, as good as it gets.
South Plains' Rainy Robinson and Chet Boren each accomplished that task and will get an opportunity to compete for a national crown at the College National Finals Rodeo on June 12-17 in Casper, Wyoming.
A native of Caldwell, Idaho, Robinson was named the Women's Athlete of the Year and a first-team all-Conference selection after winning the region in barrel racing with 530 points.
"It's pretty exciting especially coming from the region that we're in," Robinson said. "160 barrel racers to compete against every week is a lot, and knowing that I've been competing against the best is pretty exciting but at the same time makes me nervous know there are others just as good that I have to compete against.
"The barrels are kind of different than a lot of other rodeo events just because it's mostly your horse. If you have a good horse you're well on your way to be good. Keeping her in good shape and making sure she's healthy is the main thing that I do."
Boren solidified his claim as one of the top steer wrestlers in the country when he won the Southwest region with 585 points. For his efforts, Boren was named a WJCAC first team all-Conference selection and looks forward to the opportunity to compete against the nation's best at nationals.
"This is pretty exciting, and it's been our goal the entire year to win regionals and get a chance at nationals," Boren said. "It's exciting to see the work pay off. We practice four to five hours a day pretty much every day and bust our butts. I just want to go have some fun and win."
Boren will compete in the Monday morning slack beginning at 7 a.m. Robinson will compete in the Tuesday morning slack at 7 a.m. The full draw and order of events can be found at the links below.
The 2017 College National Finals Rodeo will be broadcasting the Wednesday through Saturday performances live on ESPN3. The CNFR will be available on the following devices and platforms: WatchESPN.com, iOS, Apple TV, Android, Chromecast, Kindle Fire, Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Xbox, Windows 8, and Roku. You must receive TV video service from At&T, U-Verse, Charter, Optimum, Bright House, Comcast, Cox, Dish, Timer Warner Cable, Verizon, Midcontinent, or DirectTV. To see if your provider has access to WatchESPN, visit WatchESPN.com/about.
Boren and Robinson recently spoke with Paul Tubbs of KLBK News in Lubbock which can be seen below. You can also access the full schedule at the following link: http://cnfr.com/schedule/