Tarleton teams dominate Sul Ross college rodeo
Tarleton State University
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
STEPHENVILLE, Texas—In just their second rodeo of the season the Tarleton men’s team captured another team championship at the Sul Ross State University (SRSU) college rodeo, while the women’s rodeo team also earned a first place finish in Alpine just one week after claiming reserve champion honors in their fall 2012 debut.
The men’s team collected 563.33 points in their season opener at Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) to claim the championship, and had another stellar outing at Sul Ross with 705 points. Currently, Tarleton’s cowboys are atop the Southwest Region men’s standings with 1,268.33 points after their first two competitions. The women’s team won reserve champion honors with 240 points at ENMU and improved their performances to amass 465 points at Alpine—giving them a 270-point lead over Texas Tech University in the regional standings.
Jake Self, a Tarleton senior and 2011 College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) reserve champion bareback rider, won both rounds and the average this past weekend to collect 180 points. He scored 76 points in the long round and 78 points during the short round. Self collected 63.3 points at ENMU, totaling 243.3 for the Southwest Region standings.
Self is currently in 2nd place in the region standings behind teammate Richmond Champion. Champion split second and third place in the average at SRSU after he scored 75 points in the long round to take 2nd place, and a 65-point ride in the short round for a 4th place finish. At ENMU, Champion won the bareback riding average, while Caleb Hindi took 6th place in the long round.
All-around cowboy Dustin Moody split second and third in the average of the saddle bronc riding event and collected 110 points for the weekend. Moody won 3rd in the long round with a 72-point ride and split fourth/fifth in the short round with 69 points. He is currently leading the Southwest Region saddle bronc standings.
Chet Smith placed 6th in the long round and average, as well as 4th and 5th place in the short round. He earned 45 points for the weekend and is currently in the top seven for the year-end standings.
Tarleton had four tiedown ropers earn points at Sul Ross, including Clayton Shaw who extended his winning streak. Shaw won the event at ENMU, and placed in both go’s and average at Alpine. He is leading the tiedown roping standings for the region with 270 points.
Cade McLaughlin was the average winner at SRSU and collected 130 points. He won 6th in the long round with a 9.7-second effort; his 8.7 in the short round was good enough for the 1st place win and to secure 1st in the average. Tye Thompson made a good run in the short round to place 2nd in that round and 3rd in the average. Billy Bob Brown won the long round with an 8.4-second effort, but an unfortunate barrier in the short round took him out of the average.
Casey Harmon earned 40 points in the steer wrestling event with a 5.8-second run in the short round to win 4th place, and finished 6th in the average. CNFR qualifier and 2011 Southwest Region champion Tim Sparing won the average at ENMU.
Transfer student and talented roper Shay Carroll and partner Seth Hall from Odessa College earned 145 points by placing in both rounds and the average. Carroll split third/fourth in the long round, and second in both the short round and average.
Billy Bob Brown earned points in both the team roping and tiedown roping event. Roping with Logan Medlin of ENMU, the duo collected 85 points by placing 4th in both rounds and the average. They are currently second in the region after their 2nd place average win at ENMU.
All-around cowgirl Tara Schroedter made the short round in the barrel racing event and the goat tying, and won the All-Around Cowgirl award at both ENMU and SRSU. Schroedter made outstanding runs in the barrel race, earning 170 points. She won 2nd in the long round, and won the short round and the average. She is currently in 2nd place for the year-end standings. In the goat tying, she placed 5th in the long round, 4th in the short round, and 5th in the average.
Freshman barrel racer Kynder Starr won the long round, but an unfortunate hit barrel cost her placing in the average. Starr is currently in 3rd place in the region standings after her 2nd place finish at ENMU. Kaci Smith won 3rd in the long round, 2nd in the short round, and 2nd in the average, and collected 140 points. Smith is currently 4th in the region. Kaley Wilson placed sixth in the short round.
Kathy Anthony roped consistently to earn 160 points in the breakaway roping. Anthony won the long round with a quick 2.1-second run, and placed 2nd in the short round and the average. Jayci Miller and Devin Nicolls made the short round, too. Miller collected points at ENMU and is 5th in the region standings.
The Tarleton rodeo teams will host the Jordan Freeman Memorial Rodeo this weekend, Oct. 6-7. The event will be held at the Erath County Cowboy Church on U.S. 67, east of Stephenville. Competition will be based on age divisions, including 12 and under, 13-15, 16-19, and open. Events include: breakaway, tiedown and goat tying on Saturday at 9 a.m. Team roping No. 10, 12, 14 (all run together) is three for $50, with books opening at noon and the roping beginning at 1 p.m.
Tarleton’s teams will compete in their next college rodeo, Oct. 11-13, at Vernon College. Rodeo coach Mark Eakin said he is excited about both teams this year and expects numerous Southwest Region championships, along with a repeat appearance at the CNFR as well as a national championship.
Tarleton State University
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Contact: Tibba Smith, assistant rodeo coach