CASPER, Wyoming—In a year that started with hundreds of athletes from every region of the country, South Plains College made its mark at the 2017 College National Finals Rodeo over the past week as Rainy Robinson and Chet Boren ended the year as two of the top athletes in the collegiate ranks.
Robinson advanced to Saturday's final round in the barrel racing event where she ran a 14.51, earning her an eighth place finish for the round and a 10th place national finish for the year. Robinson used times of 14.74, 14.80, and 14.70 to earn a spot in the finals.
"Rainy ran her fastest time of the week tonight and had a really good week," South Plains head coach Kerry Doster said. "I'm real proud of her for what she's done at South Plains College the past two years. She had a good run and a good year all around and we're real proud of her."
Boren went on to place 14th in the country in the steer wrestling event in his first year competing for the Texans. The Vernal, Utah native ran a 5.7 in the opening round, followed by a 14.9 in the second round after breaking the barrier, and finished with the third fastest time in the third round with a 4.6 to end the year.
"Chet had a really good week and I'm really proud of him and what he was able to do this year," Doster said. "He had a really good finals, broke the barrier on the second one but really did well. I'm really proud of what he did this week, and we're going to regroup and come back and try it again next season."
Full results from the CNFR can be found at the following link: http://www.collegerodeo.com/cnfr/cnfr-2017-results/