Finlay spurs strong in Round Three at CNFR

Jake Finlay spurred his way to a 78 point ride on Tuesday night to land himself currently in first place in round three at the CNFR. —Photo Courtesy Dan Hubbell

OPSU Communications

CASPER, Wyo. — The Oklahoma Panhandle State University Rodeo team wrapped up Rounds One and Two at the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) on Monday and Tuesday. Round Three kicked-off on Tuesday evening.

Finishing out Go Number One, Ben and Nate Johnsrud were 12.0 in the team roping. The ladies in the barrel race were just out of the points. Randi Buchanan was 15.34 and Melanie Roman was 14.89.

The Aggies picked up the pace in round number two. Ben and Nate Johnsrud were 5.4 seconds to split the round win in the team roping. Junior Jake Finlay was 74 points in the saddle bronc riding to finish second in the round. Cody Ballard and Josh Frost both got their bulls covered. Ballard was 72.5 and Frost was 66.5. Both men gathered a few points in the round. In the bareback riding, Will Martin was 70.5 to split seventh in the round. Joining Martin was Dylan Riggins who was 57.5 points. In the barrel racing Melanie Roman was 14.84 and Randi Buchanan 14.93.

The third round began Tuesday night and Jake Finlay proved he was here to ride. Finlay spurred his horse for 78 points and is currently winning round three. Dylan Riggins was 61 points in the bareback riding, but was rewarded a re-ride and will have another chance tonight. Unfortunately, Randi Buchanan took a no time in the third round of the barrel racing and Cody Ballard came down early in the bull riding.

Round Three will continue through Friday night.