The South Plains College men’s and women’s rodeo teams continue to improve mid-way through the fall season, posting dominant results in two rodeos.
The Lady Texans and Texans competed in the Texas Tech University Rodeo in Lubbock at the Texas Tech Equestrian Center on Oct. 19 – Oct. 21.
The Lady Texans displayed their skill on the saddle by scoring 276 points, taking the overall team title.
Leading the Lady Texans with 230 points was sophomore Jenna Dallyn, who placed first in the women’s all-around competition. Dallyn also competed in goat tying, placing third with a run of 6.9 in the long round and a time of 7.3 in the short round. She placed fourth in the breakaway roping event with a time of 2.2 in the long round, posting a time of 3.6 in the short round to end her run.
Sophomore Avery Gonzales was paired with Dallyn in the goat tying finals, placing ninth overall after posting a time of 7.2 in the long round. Soon after the duo finished with a time of 8.5 in the short round to score six points while posting an average time of 15.7.
SPC’s Kody Criswell was paired with Haley Danley from Tarleton State in the team roping event, gaining 40 points after a solid run of 7.2 in the long round and finishing the short round with a time of 12.4, averaging a total time of 19.6 for the pair.
The Lady Texans are now placed at the top of the Southwest Regional standings with a total of 841 points.
The Texans secured third place overall in the rodeo, with the sophomores carrying the work load.
Sophomore Chet Boren placed first in the men’s all-around competition, earning a total of 205 points for SPC. Being the defending Southwest regional champion in steer wrestling, Boren placed second by posting a time of 6.1 in the long run and finishing the short round with a time of 4.8. He averaged a time of 10.9, earning 125 points in steer wrestling.
Boren also placed third in the tiedown roping event, finishing the long round with a time of 9.9 and ending the event with a time of 8.9 in the short round for an average time of 18.8 seconds and 80 points.
Sophomore Zack Kirkpatrick placed fifth in steer wrestling, posting a time of 6.9 in the long round and closing the event with a time of 6.3 in the short round to score 50 points for the Texans.
Freshman Britton Bedke also competed in steer wrestling, finishing eighth with times of 6.6 in the long round and 12.7 in the short round. Finishing ninth in steer wrestling was freshman Chase Wilson, who posted a time of 6.3 in the long round and finished the short round with a time of 14.7.
Sophomore Kade Sherwood racked up 110 points for the Texans in the team roping event by placing second, while being paired with Ranger College’s Weston Podzemny. The pair finished the long round with a time of 5.5, then posted a time of 4.7 in the short round.
“Our girls and boys competed well throughout the weekend, showing how much skill they have,” said Kerry Doster, head rodeo coach at SPC. “Hopefully, we can continue to improve, stay healthy, and keep competing through the fall season.”
Both the men’s and women’s rodeo teams also competed in the Frank Phillips College Rodeo in Perryton on Oct. 12.
The Lady Texans placed fourth overall with a total of 180 team points, with Dallyn leading SPC in points.
Dallyn earned 155 points after placing first in the goat tying event with times of 7.6 in the long round and 8.8 in the short round.
Sophomore Alex Odle competed in the barrel racing event, finishing 10th after posting times of 17.66 in the long round and 28.88 in the short round.
Criswell won the breakway roping event in the long round with a time of 2.2, but did not finish the short round. She finished seventh overall for the Lady Texans.
The Texans finished the rodeo in 10th place with a total of 110 points.
Kirkpatrick placed second in steer wrestling, putting up a time of 5.1 in the long and short rounds to gain 100 points and earn an average time of 10.2.
Sophomore Jhett Trenary was paired with Bo Yaussi from North Central Texas College in the team roping event. The pair finished the long round with a time of 6.5, but missed the short round and landed in seventh place with 10 points for the Texans.