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Rodeo domination continues

Tarleton State University
April 19, 2010

Rodeo domination continues

STEPHENVILLE, TEXAS—With one rodeo left in 2009-2010, Tarleton State University’s men’s and women’s rodeo teams are wrapping up a phenomenal season. With second- and first-place finishes at the Howard College National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association rodeo held April 15-17, both are sure to clinch regional titles at the hometown show this coming weekend.

Tarleton men now lead second-place Vernon College and the rest of the Southwest region by 875 points. The women have extended their lead further over South Plains College by an impressive 460 points.

Despite more than 7 inches of rain in Big Spring, Tarleton’s rough stock riders dominated the chutes. Bareback rider Craig Wisehart of Kersey, Colo., finished first straight across while saddle bronc rider Tate Owens of Platteville, Colo., finished second in the average. Also in the saddle bronc, Isacc Diaz of Desdemona, Texas, finished third in the long go but was unable to compete in the short go on Saturday night due to injury.

On the timed-event end, tie-down roper Cole Fincher of Stephenville and team roper Clay Norell of Delta, Colo., both had third-place overall finishes.

Also for the men, K.C. Curtis of Monroe, Utah, won the all-around for the weekend. Curtis placed first in team roping, fifth in tie-down roping and split fourth and fifth in the long go in steer wrestling.

Leading the ladies to their first-place finish was Kylie Ward of Addington, Okla. Ward won the all-around honors. She collected points for finishing first overall in barrel racing and splitting second and third in breakaway roping.

Cassie Vierstra of Twin Falls, Idaho, continues to rise in the event standings for year-end points with a straight across win in the goat tying.

Also for the women, Phylicia Stewart and Kody Engle, both from Stephenville, rounded out the weekend with a second-place finish in barrel racing and a fourth-place finish in the breakaway roping, respectively.