June 25, 2021

WHARTON, TEXAS – Wharton County Junior College rodeo team members garnered some national attention at the 2021 College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR).

Held on June 11 through June 19 at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper, Wyo., the CNFR attracted hundreds of competitors from across the nation. Three WCJC rodeo team members qualified for the competition: Conner Atkinson of Needville, Logan Moore of Pleasanton and Mayce Marek of Arp.

Atkinson finished third in the nation in tie down roping, Moore finished 20th in the nation in team roping and Marek finished 10th in the nation in goat tying.

Marek was further awarded the Walt Garrison Award, an honor bestowed each year upon a sole competitor who displays exceptional commitment, loyalty, perseverance, honesty and leadership. The award is named for former Dallas Cowboys football player and professional cowboy Walt Garrison.