The Southern Arkansas University Rodeo Team enjoyed another successful season and finished the year strong at the College National Finals in Casper, Wyoming, earlier this month. 

Hannah Springer (pictured above), a native of Lavaca, Arkansas, won the Reserve National Champion Breakaway Roper title in the Finals, and the Women’s Team finished with a Top 10 National Placing, said Rusty Hayes, coach of the rodeo team. “This is our third consecutive year for an individual National or Reserve title and Top 10 team placing,” Hayes said. It is the 11th straight year for the team to go to Finals in Casper.

According to the Press release, Student-athletes representing SAU at this year’s Finals included Springer; Michaela Caudle, of Horatio, Arkansas; Ashton Glascock, from Ashland, Missouri; Jacie Sullivan, from Mount Vernon, Arkansas; Cooper Lee, from Quitman, Arkansas; Britt Driggers, from Hot Springs, Arkansas and West Smith, from Emmet, Ark.

The Women’s Team finished 2016-2017 as the Reserve Champions of the Ozark Region while the Men’s Team placed third in the Region. Hayes said he thought this year’s team was “the strongest I’ve seen” and expressed little surprise at its success on the national level.