PRCC’s Burks closing in on spot in National Finals Rodeo
By Echo staff
Apr 28, 2017, 21:39
Pearl River Community College freshman Andrew Burks is in good position to qualify for a spot in the 2017 College National Finals Rodeo.
With one event remaining in the Wildcats’ inaugural season in rodeo, Burks, a Hancock High graduate, is in second place in the tie-down roping event in the Ozark Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.
Burks was the tops in total points in calf roping at the Northwest Mississippi event held April 20-22 at Senatobia. Burks finished with 155 points after a second-place finish in the championship round of the event.
Burks was tied for first after his first run in the finals, with a score of 9.6, good for 55 points, and was second in his final run with a score of 10.8 and a total 20.4, each good for 50 points.
Through the first nine events of the 2016-17 season, Burks has accumulated 530 points, trailing the top rider in the tie-down competition by 65 points. He leads the third-place rider by 105 points.
The top two teams, plus the top three individuals in each event from each region advance to the College National Finals Rodeo, scheduled for June 9-17 at Casper, Wyo.
In team roping at the NWCC event, freshmen Nick Gonzales and Kelton Carr finished fourth, each totaling 75 points.
Their first run in the championship round produced a sixth-place standing after a score of 7.7, but they finished their second run with a score of 6.9, for a total of 14.6.
Pearl River will conclude its first season of rodeo this weekend at Texarkana, Ark., hosted by Arkansas-Cossatot Community College.