Rodeo teams win Southwest Region titles, advance 12 to CNFR

TSU Rodeo Southwest Region

Tarleton State University

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Tarleton’s rodeo teams continued their decade of dominance in the arena this past weekend and qualifying, once again, for an appearance at the College National Finals Rodeo.

The men’s and women’s teams wrapped up the 2012-2013 rodeo season by being crowned as this year’s National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s (NIRA) Southwest Region champions. Tarleton’s cowboys won the region with 5,845 points, ahead of runners-up Odessa College, while the cowgirls collected 2,730 points to claim first place in the Southwest Region over Texas Tech (1,761).

The purple and white concluded their outstanding season at the 48th annual Tarleton Stampede Rodeo at Lone Star Arena by qualifying 12 individuals for the “Rose Bowl” of College Rodeo, the CNFR, slated for June 5-19, in Casper, Wyo.

Tarleton’s men protected their home turf and captured the team championship this past weekend, adding 585 points to their season total. The women’s team finished in fourth place at the Tarleton Stampede with 143 points, but the tally was more than enough to maintain their lead atop the region’s rankings.

The accolades continued for the Texans as Tarleton’s Katelyn Jo Anthony (944.5 points) and Billy Bob Brown (1,197.5) won the All-Around Cowgirl and Cowboy titles over the weekend. The year-end Southwest Region standings were dominated by Tarleton’s women, with four of the top five finishers leading the rankings, including: Anthony, Tara Schroedter (745), Cadee Tew (720) and Jayci Miller (602.83). Two Tarleton cowboys also led the year-end men’s all-around standings with Brown and Chase Williams (767.5).

“Both teams have had an amazing season,” said head rodeo coach Mark Eakin. “I am really proud of everyone and very excited that they will be representing Tarleton at the CNFR in eight events.”

“I am very proud of both teams this year. They had a terrific season,” added assistant rodeo coach Tibba Smith. “We will be taking 12 team members to the CNFR and are expecting a national title out of this group, they are that good. If the luck of the draw could fall their direction, there could be multiple national titles.”

Clayton Shaw clinched the tie-down roping title for Tarleton with a total time of 18.3 on two runs. He also split 2nd in the long round with a 9.3-second effort. Garrett Rose also represented Tarleton, winning 4th in the long round with a time of 9.5.

Richmond Champion and Jake Self took top honors in the bareback riding with Champion placing 2nd straight across the board in the long round, short round and the average. Also, Self placed 6th in the long round, 3rd in the short round and finished 5th in the average for the weekend.

In the barrel racing, Cheyenne Veatch won the first round with a time of 16.09 seconds, setting her up to take home a 2nd place finish in the average after a 4th place win in the short round with a 16.2-second try. Alyssa Urbanek qualified for the short round, but was just out of placing.

Tim Sparing, a two-time CNFR steer wrestling qualifier, split 3rd in the short round with a time of 5.7. He also placed 5th in the long round of the team roping with his partner Quay Howard from West Texas A&M with a time of 7.1 and ended up 5th in the average for the weekend.

Brown won the long round, short round, and average in the team roping with his partner Logan Medlin of Eastern New Mexico. The duo recorded times of 5.6 and 6.8 respectively.

Payton Norell and his partner, J.C. Williams from Weatherford College, split 2nd with a 5.8 in the long round and placed 3rd in the short round giving them a 3rd place finish in the average. Eric Fabian and Cole Hendrickson placed 5th with a 6.2-second time in the long round, and Trent Tatom and Shay Carrol placed 6th with a 6.6.

Saddle bronc rider Dustin Moody won second in the long round with his 68-point ride after placing 4th in the average. These points helped to secure his No. 1 spot in the Southwest Region en route to qualifying for his third appearance at the CNFR.

All-Around Cowgirl and nursing major Jayci Miller took home the reserve goat tying title. Miller split 6th place in the long round with a 7.5-second effort and won 2nd in the short round with a 7.6.

Courtney Danylo split 6th with Miller in the long round, 3rd in the short round with her time of 7.9, which lead to her 3rd place average win.

Tarleton had three girls place in the long round of the breakaway roping: Cassidy Boggs, Cadee Tew and Katey Anthony. Boggs and Tew were 2.6 seconds good enough for a 2nd through 5th place split. In the short round, Boggs took the round win with her 2.4-second run, which placed her 2nd in the average. She collected 145 points, which made her the Southwest Region breakaway roping champion. Anthony split 6th in the long round with her 2.7-second run.

Tarleton’s 2013 College National Finals Rodeo qualifiers and events:

Women’s Team
Katelyn Anthony – Breakaway roping and goat tying
Cassidy Boggs – Breakaway roping
Kynder Starr – Barrel racing
Cadee Tew – Team roping and breakaway roping

Men’s Team
Billy Bob Brown – Team roping and tie-down roping
Richmond Champion – Bareback riding
Dustin Moody – Saddle bronc riding
Reese Riemer – Tie-down roping
Jake Self – Bareback riding
Clayton Shaw – Tie-down roping
Tim Sparing – Steer wrestling
Chase Williams – Team roping and tie-down roping

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