It’s just rodeo. Anything and everything can happen, and usually does.
For the Tarleton State University men’s rodeo team, it was trying to keep their heads above water. In the average, it may have been the prescription for survival. Wrapping up a grueling week long competition in Casper, WY at the College National Finals Rodeo, the TSU men met one struggle after another.
In the end, consistency and perseverance paid off for team roping header Matt Robertson and partner Cody Tew of Weatherford College to bring the 2007 National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association team roping championship title home to Stephenville and Tarleton State University, winning the average with a total of 45.6 seconds on four head.
“They did great. They used their heads and really roped good. They had a shot to be a little quicker, but they let the steer hop a couple more times… It’s unbelievable. It couldn’t have turned out any better,” TSU coach Bob Doty said. “We never really got a break. We scratched for everything we got.”
The men’s team came home with an 8th place team finish.“I’m proud of them,” Doty said. “I’m disappointed to not do better, but very few schools, at least ones I can recall, can place for both teams. You find whatever good you can find and hang your hat on it," commented Doty.
For the roughstock riders, it was a bittersweet week. Both Louie Bronson and Harve Stewart, failed to make the whistle in the second go-round. Coming back with better luck on Friday night was Stewart aboard Harry Vold’s bull Red Zinger with an 82point score to send him to the short go-round on Saturday night. Stewart ended up splitting sixth place in the average with 166 points for his first trip to the CNFR.
TSU had five contestants make it back to Saturday night’s short go-round performance, pitting the top twelve of each event against each other for a shot at event and team titles and $250,000 in scholarship awards from US Smokeless Tobacco Company.