Rodeo teams take first and third at HCJC


On June 15-21, Tarleton will send seven men and four women to the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo.

Tarleton State University’s men and women’s rodeo teams competed in the Howard County Junior College rodeo on April 10-12 in Big Spring, Texas. The men’s team finished first with 575.00 points and the women’s finished third with 195.00 points.

Tarleton Texan Jace Melvin also took second in the men’s all-around with a total of 210.00 points.

In saddle bronc riding, Travis Nelson and Colton Miller took fourth and fifth place with 141.0 and 76.0 points, respectively.

In bareback riding, Richmond Champion earned reserve champion with 157.0 points, and Brandon Confalone placed fifth with a total of 138.0 points.

For tie down roping, Russell Ilse was able to take the win with a total time of 19.2 seconds, while Shay Carroll finished in a tie for fourth with a total time of 22.0 seconds.

Melvin was able to tie for second in steer wrestling for a total time of 9.4 seconds, while Samuel Williams placed eighth in the event with a 4.7 in the long round, and a no-time in the short.

Tarleton team roping header Melvin also tied for second along with his Weatherford College heeler. They had a total time of 19.5 seconds.

For heelers, Tarleton’s Cooper Robertson and his Ranger College header took first in the event with a total time of 19.3 seconds. Austin Tomaski and his West Texas A&M header tied for second with a total time of 26.9 seconds, and Colton Herrera and his Weatherford College header took fourth with 21.5 seconds.

The Tarleton ladies dominated the barrel racing with seven top-nine finishes. Casey Carter won the event with a total time of 32.21 seconds, while Lindsey Trammel took second with 32.41 seconds. Kortni McConnell (33.23 s), Emily Efurd (33.26 s), and Kellen Freund (37.49) all tied for fourth place. Shaylee Williams (37.76) and Michele Allison (37.39) finished seventh and eighth, respectively.

Baili Collins was the sole TexAnn to place in goat tying. Collins won the event with a total time of 20.6 seconds.

The teams have this weekend off, but will return to action on April 24-26 with their home rodeo event.