Tarleton rodeo teams compete in Texas Tech University rodeo

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The Tarleton State University men and women’s rodeo teams traveled to Lubbock on Oct. 17-19 to compete in the Texas Tech University rodeo. The men’s team won the rodeo with 500 points and the women’s team finished fifth with 60 points. Brandon Confalone won All-around Champion for the rodeo. The teams’ third rodeo resulted in three grand champions and three reserve grand champions for individual events.

In the bareback riding, Tarleton had four competitors advance to the short round. Richmond Champion finished first with a win in the long round and a tie in the short round. He scored a 75 in the long, and a 79 in the short to give him first place. Colt Bruce came in second with a long round score of 69 and a short round score of 79. Shon Gibson took third with 71 points in the long round and 75 points in the short round. Confalone tied for fifth with 56 points in the long round, and 78 in the short.

For saddle bronc, Chet Smith was top Texan with a second place finish. Smith had 70 points in the long round and 68 in the short. Colton Miller finished fifth in the event with 73 points in the long round. Miller wasn’t able to stay on in the short round and recorded a no score. Travis Nelson took sixth with a 72 in the long round, but also failed to ride the short round.

Confalone was up again in the bull riding. He won the long round with 83 points, but couldn’t stay on the full eight seconds in the short.

In calf roping, Billy Bob Brown managed to finish second with a long round time of 9.10 seconds and a short round time of 8.1 seconds.

Two Texans managed to make the short round for steer wrestling. Samuel Williams finished sixth with a long round time of 7.80 seconds and a short round time of 7.2 seconds. Jace Melvin finished in 5.70 seconds for the long round, but had a no time in the short round for eighth place.

Tarleton managed to advance seven competitors to the short round for team roping. Shay Carroll and his Weatherford College partner brought home grand champion with 5.7 seconds in the long round and 7.0 seconds in the short round. Colton Herrera and his WC partner took second place with a long round time of 5.7 seconds and a short round time of 11.6 seconds. Austin Tomaski and his West Texas A&M University partner finished fourth with a 7 second long round and an 8.1 seconds short round.

Tarleton’s team of Trenton Tatom and Cooper Robertson claimed fifth with a long round time of 6.4 seconds. The team wasn’t able to complete the short round and recorded a no time. Braelyn Moltz and Bailey Hewat also made it to the short round with a long round time of 7.4 seconds, but the team couldn’t finish the short round and also recorded a no time.

Barrel racers Shaylee Williams, Jaime Barrow, Casey Carter, and Michele Allison advanced to the short round. Williams won the event with a long round run of 16.13 seconds and 15.87 seconds for the short round. Barrow’s 16.04 seconds long round and 16.05 seconds short round earned her third place.

Coming in seventh was Allison with a long round time of 16.19 seconds and a short round time of 16.62 seconds. Eighth place went to Carter with times of 16.21 seconds and 16.4 seconds in the long and short rounds, respectively.

In goat tying, Cassidy Boggs finished third with a long round time of 8.50 seconds and a short round time of 8.2 seconds. Baili Collins won the long round with a time of 8.00 seconds, but wasn’t able to complete the short round.

The teams will travel to Alpine on Oct. 24-26 for the Sul Ross University rodeo, their last rodeo of the semester.