Special to the E-T
It was another great weekend for the Tarleton rodeo teams. Twenty-seven students competed in the short round Saturday night during the Frank Phillips College Rodeo in Perryton. Tarleton won five of the nine events including saddle bronc, bull riding, tiedown roping, team roping and barrel racing. The menís team came back to Stephenville with a big win. They collected 550 points, which was good enough for first overall and moved them into second place for the region. Western Texas College is still leading the team standings, but only by 10 points. The women held their ground and are still third overall for the region. There were several individuals who moved up to the top five in different events.
The teamís saddle bronc riders rode exceptionally well. Lucas Butler took the first round win and ended up fourth in the average. Isaac Diaz moved up to second in the standings after collecting 155 points. Diaz placed third in the long round and came back and won the short round and the average. Tate Owen, the current saddle bronc leader, continued to ride consistently and won second in both rounds and the average. Tol Cawley split third in the long round, but unfortunately was injured and did not compete in the short round.
Bull rider and Stephenville resident Harve Stewart took home another win in the average. Stewart has dominated bull riding this semester and is leading the event by 150 points. He split fourth in the long round but came back and won the short round and average._Another Stephenville resident, Jay Hollabaugh, also had a great weekend. Hollabaugh was just out of placing in the long round, but with his 7.5-second run in the short round he was able to win that round and the average. He moved into second in the Southwest region standing. Ryan Thibodeaux and Lance Millican also picked up points. Thibodeaux is holding down the ninth spot in the standings after three rodeos.
Steer wrestlers Calvin Brevick and KC Curtis both placed and collected points. Brevick picked up the first round win and sixth in the average. Curtis placed sixth in the long round, third in the short round and third in the average. Brothers Chase and Chad Williams dominated the team roping for the weekend. The boys made great runs to win the first round and placed second in the short round and first in the average. This win moved them into second in the headers and heelers standing. Tarleton students Miles Ashton and Tyler Christenson also roped well, and the team won third in the short round and third in the average.
The Oklahoma twins, Kylie and Cassie Ward, also had a good weekend. Cassie won the first round of the breakaway roping and split fifth in the average. Kylie made great runs in the barrel racing and picked up 160 points to move into the third spot in the standings. She placed third in the long round and won the short round and the average. Fran Surles also placed fourth in the short round and sixth in the average.
Other students making the short round included Keil Rowan, Lance Millican and Chase Graff for tiedown roping; Cassie Viestra for team roping; Kody Engle and Courtney Danyol for barrel racing; Lillian McMullan, Ginger Hathcock and Kayla Emmons for breakaway roping; and Kayla Emmons and Courtney Danyol for goat tying.
The team will travel to the Vernon College Rodeo Oct. 8-10. The office of rodeo activities also invites the community to come out and watch the Halloween rodeo, Oct. 29 at Tarletonís equine center located off College Farm Road in Stephenville. For more information on the team or rodeo events this month, visit the Tarleton Rodeo homepage at www.tarleton.edu/~rodeo.