CASPER, WYO. – A broken arm could not stop Hill College’s Tim Bingham from becoming the eighth National Champion (seventh in bull riding) for Hill College. It is the fifth national title in bull riding for the school in the last 11 years.
“He is the new face of the rodeo cowboy,” Hill College Rodeo Head Coach Paul Brown said. “With Tim’s guts, determination and brains he will go far in the rodeo world. Bingham is also a model student athlete as he not only won the NIRA National Championship in bull riding, but he will also be an Academic All-American this year.”
After winning the first round with a score of 83.5, Bingham landed on his free hand and broke his arm in three places. He proceeded to ride three more times and scored twice (79.5 and 79 in the championship round) to claim the title.
Fellow teammate Blane Cox also had a strong showing as he finished seventh in tie down roping and 10th in steer wrestling which placed him fifth in the men’s all-around. Michael Houston finished 22nd in saddle bronc riding, Colt Bruce 29th in bronc riding, Dalton Votaw 12th in bull riding, and Joe Norell 14th in team roping to round out the team. The Hill College team finished fifth out of 58 universities and colleges (best finish since 2005).
“This was probably one of the best well-rounded teams that Hill has ever sent to the College National Finals Rodeo,” Brown added.
For more information on the Hill College rodeo team, visit www.hillcollege.edu/athletics/.