CASPER, Wyo. – The University of Tennessee at Martin men’s rodeo team put the finishing touches on a dominant performance at the 2014 College National Finals Rodeo on June 21, earning the national men’s team championship with 755 overall points.
The team's performance capped off a spectacular week for head coach John Luthi and UT Martin, who sat atop the men’s team standings for the final five days of the event. The previous best finish for the UT Martin men’s team at the CNFR was third place in both 1985 and 2008.
UT Martin held off a late charge by Tarleton State University, who finished second with 730 points.
Individually, UT Martin boasted three cowboys who finished with top-four national finishes. Clark Adcock’s time of 8.8 in tie down roping earned him second place accolades in the short go while also earning a rank of second place overall (37.5). Tyler Waltz’s score of 75.5 placed fifth in the short go tonight, clinching a third place CNFR finish with 311.5 total points. Will Lummus (10.8, seventh) also competed in the short go of tie down roping this evening, finishing with an overall fourth place finish (40.1). Lummus also earned a spot in the short go finals of steer wrestling tonight but ran into some bad luck and did not score. He finished 10th in the nation in that event.
Adcock also placed third in the men’s all-around cowboy category with 270 overall points.
Photo Caption - UT Martin rodeo coach John Luthi and his wife, Diane, were welcomed back home Tuesday, June 24, in the UT Martin Office of Intercollegiate Athletics. Skyhawk coaches, members of the athletics staff, Chancellor Tom Rakes, fans and others congratulated the Luthis and celebrated the men's rodeo team's first national championship.