Rodeo teams place third at Vernon College

by Kendall Rainer

With only two rodeos left in the fall season, the South Plains College men’s and women’s rodeo teams each placed third at the Vernon College Rodeo.

The rodeo was held on Oct. 3 – Oct. 5 at the Wilbarger County Event Center in Vernon.

The Texans earned 260 points in the team standings. Clarendon College placed first with 530 points, followed by Tarleton State in second with 470 points.

In steer wrestling, freshman Clay Guthrie placed fourth with a time of 5.0 in the long round and a 5.3 in the finals, finishing with an average of 10.3 and tacking on 90 points for SPC. Sophomore Logan Kenline finished seventh in the event with a time of 5.9 in the long round and a 9.7 in the short round, finishing with a 15.6 average. Sophomore Britton Bedke finished eighth with a time of 5.8 in the long round and no time in the finals, averaging 104.5 and adding 90 points.

Sophomore Stefan Ramone paired with Eastern New Mexico’s Tee McLeod in team roping. The two posted a time of 7.2 in the long round and a 5.6 in the short round, finishing with an average of 12.8 and adding 128 points to the Texans total. Sophomores Hayden and Hadley Cloward teamed up to run a 6.0 in the long round and a 15.5 in the finals, averaging 22.3 and adding 40 individual points.

The Lady Texans earned 155 points in the team standings. Texas Tech placed first with 290 points, while Tarleton State placed second with 255 points.

In the breakaway roping finals, Clara Barrington placed second with a time of 2.9 in the long round and a 2.9 in the finals, ending with a 5.8 average and adding 95 points. Freshman Elle Eagles posted a time of 2.8 in the long round and a 12.1 in the finals to finish the event with an average of 14.9, good enough for sixth place.

In goat tying, sophomore Kaytlyn Miller finished ninth after a 6.4 run in the long round and an 8.8 in the finals. She had an average of 15.2, adding 60 points for the Lady Texans.

Sophomore Kenzee Zent finished ninth in barrel racing with a time of 17.62 in the long round and a 24.34 in the short round, finishing with an average of 41.96.   

The men’s and women’s teams also competed at the Sul Ross State University Rodeo held on Sept. 28 in Alpine.

The Lady Texans finished with 65 team points and posted a sixth-place finish in their second rodeo of the 2019 season.

In breakaway roping, Eagles placed fifth with a 2.3-second run in the long round, followed with a 4.5 in the finals. She had an average time of 6.8, scoring all 65 points for SPC.

Miller finished 10th in goat tying after posting a time of 7.2 in the long round and had no time in the short round. She finished with an average time of 107.2.

The Texans finished ninth in the team standings, adding 75 points to their season total.

Britton Bedke placed fifth in steer wrestling with a time of 5.4 in the long round and a 4.5 in the finals. He finished with a 9.9-second average, adding 45 points to SPC’s total. Dawson Steward placed sixth in the event, posting a time of 4.9 in the long round and finishing with a 5.0 in the finals. He averaged 9.9 and added 30 points for the Texans.

Hayden Cloward and Hadley Cloward earned a seventh-place finish in team roping. The duo ran a 5.9 in the long round but did not post a time in the finals, ending with an average of 105.9 and 20 individual points.

The men’s and women’s teams returned to action on Oct. 10 – Oct. 12 at the Frank Phillips College Rodeo in Canadian. Results were not available at press time.