Tarleton rodeo notches back-to-back team titles
Tarleton State University
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Tarleton’s men and women’s rodeo teams continued their win streak and claimed back-to-back titles as the spring season of competition in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s Southwest Region presses on.
Both the cowboys and cowgirls won team championships at South Plains College, March 21-23, after capturing event titles in bareback riding, goat tying, team roping and tiedown roping. Tarleton was well represented in the short round, having 24 competitors advancing to the finals.
Tarleton’s men racked up 750 points at South Plains pushing their season total to 4,015 in the Southwest Region standings and maintaining the No. 1 team ranking ahead of Odessa College with 2,886. The women’s team collected 360 points, followed by West Texas A&M’s 195, to hold on to the top spot in the region with 2,160 points. Trailing Tarleton’s cowgirls is Texas Tech with 1,303.
Last year’s College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) qualifier Billy Bob Brown continued his hot streak in both tiedown roping and team roping with partner Logan Medlin of Eastern New Mexico University. Brown won the All-Around Cowboy award over the weekend and is currently leading the Southwest Region’s all-around, tiedown roping and team roping (heading) events.
Brown placed fourth in the long round of the tiedown roping with an 9.6 second run, came back and won the short round with an 8.5-second effort—good enough to win the average—and collected 160 points. In the team roping, Brown and Medlin won second in the long round, however, the duo took a no-time in the short round, costing them an average placing. Brown and Medlin did collect 50 points for the second place finish.
CNFR reserve national bareback rider Jake Self displayed his skills by winning the long round, short round and average, scoring 80 points in the long round, 79 points in the short round, and picked up 159 points for the average title win. He collected 180 points moving moved him into the number two position of the Southwest Region bareback riding standings. Richmond Champion, current leader of the region, also had a good weekend and placed second in both rounds and the average. He collected 150 points. Self and Champion are in a great position to represent Tarleton during the 2013 CNFR held in Casper, Wyo. in June.
Saddle Bronc rider Dustin Moody continues to maintain the lead in his event. Moody won the long round with a score of 77 points, third in the short round with 69 points, and was reserve champion in the average with 146 points. Chet Smith is currently third in the region. Smith scored 68 points in the long round placing fourth, took sixth in the short round with 55 points, and fifth in the average.
2012 Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association tiedown rookie of the year and Tarleton senior Reese Riemer moved into the third for the regional ranking. Riemer tied his calves in 10.8 and 9.2 seconds, to win fourth in the average. His 9.2 was fast enough for a second place finish in the short round.
Tarleton was well represented in the short round of the team roping with seven students making the cut. This is the only event in college rodeo where cowboys and cowgirls actually compete against each other, while the other events are designated as either cowboy only or cowgirl only.
Cadee Tew took the average win with partner Landon Williams of Weatherford College. Tew and Williams had an 8.1-second effort in the long round for fourth place, 7.9 for second in the short round, and 15.7 to win the average. The pair collected 140 points and moved into fourth place in the team roping standings.
Bernard McGuire and Charlie Putnam began roping together this semester and have had great success. They won the long round and placed in the average at the Ranger College rodeo several weeks ago, but this past weekend the pair won the short round with a speedy 6.4-second run and a 19.2 for the average which was good enough for second place. They moved into seventh in the regional standings.
CNFR qualifier Chase Williams is third in the heading standings and collected 60 points for his fourth place finish in the short round and fourth in the average. Trent Tatom and Shay Carroll placed third in the long round with their time of 7.4, but unfortunately received a no-time in the short round. Carroll is currently ninth in the heeling standings.
Tarleton’s barrel racers ended up winning second, third, fourth and fifth in the average. Kynder Starr, currently second in the region, placed third in the long round with her 17.43, fifth in the short round 17.57, and second in the average with 35.0. Kaci Smith and Shaylee Williams split third and fourth in the average. Smith stopped the clock with an 17.68-second run in the long round, just out of the money, but came back in the short round with a great time of 17.34, good enough for a second place finish.
Williams was very consistent was a 17.49 in the long round to place fifth, and 17.53 to win fourth in the short round. Michele Allison also placed in both rounds with her times of 17.44 for fourth and 17.68 placing sixth, and fifth in the average. Smith moved into fifth place in the regional standings, with Williams and Allison both in the top 15.
The Tarleton rodeo teams will return to competition April 4-6 at Western Texas College in Snyder, followed by the Howard College rodeo. The purple and white will wrap up the season with the Tarleton Stampede, which serves as the final competition before teams and individuals learn who will qualify for the CNFR.
Tarleton State University
A member of The Texas A&M University System
Contact: Tibba Smith, assistant rodeo coach