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Shafer, Whitcher solid in 6th Annual TVCC Rodeo
   
Posted: 2/13/2014 4:17:07 PM
Team members trying to gain points to qualify for CNFR in June

Justus Whitcher of Athens goes to work Friday night during the steer wrestling event at the 6th Annual Southern Region NIRA Rodeo hosted by TVCC.

Justus Whitcher of Athens goes to work Friday night during the steer wrestling event at the 6th Annual Southern Region NIRA Rodeo hosted by TVCC.
A pair of Trinity Valley Community College rodeo team members turned in solid performances at last weekend’s 6th Annual Southern Region NIRA Rodeo at the Henderson County Fairpark Complex.

Chase Shafer, a sophomore from Terrell, split first place in the first round of bull riding with a score of 76. He also split first in the short go and average. Justus Whitcher, a sophomore from Athens, placed fifth in the first round of steer wrestling with a time of 5.3 seconds. He was fourth in the short go with a time of 5.8 and third in the average.

Each NIRA member college has its own club composed of student members and sponsored by a faculty advisor who supervises the club's activities. Each year, a men's team consisting of six members and a four-member women's team is chosen from each school. These team members travel to the regional rodeos competing against other NIRA member schools. Those not chosen for the team may compete on an individual basis and still be eligible for all prizes except those given to the team.

The top three contestants in each event from each of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s 11 regions qualify for the 66th College National Finals Rodeo, which is set for June 15-21 in Casper, Wyo. The top two men's teams and women's teams also qualify from the regions.

The TVCC Rodeo featured approximately 400 contestants representing 20 colleges and universities including: Hill College, Southwest Texas Junior College, McNeese State University, Trinity Valley Community College, Northeast Texas Community College, Lone Star Community College - Montgomery, Panola Junior College, Texas A&M University, Sam Houston State University, Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas A&M University - Kingsville, and Wharton County Junior College.