Tarleton Rodeo competes at Western Texas College, Men’s team dominates
By Makenzie Plusnick—
The Tarleton Men’s Rodeo Team came out on top over the weekend at Western Texas College. The team placed in first with a total of 840 points. The win bumped the Tarleton men to first place in the Southwest Region college rodeo standings. Haven Meged contriuted 340 points to the team’s total to help secure their spot in first place.
In the bareback riding, Wyatt Johnson earned a score of 76.5 in the long round and 82 in short round, earning the team 50 points in each round. Johnson placed second in the average, bringing the team a total of 150 points. Tyler Berghuis rode for 76 points in the long round and for another 76 points in the short round, earning the team 30 points in each. Berghuis placed fourth in the average, with a total of 90 points.
Meged led his team and himself to victory in tie-down roping. In the long round, he tied his first calf in 7.7 seconds to earn 60 points. In the short round, he finished in 8.1 seconds, earning another 60 points. He placed first in the average and reached a total of 180 points. Wyatt Williams tied his calf in 8.2 seconds in the long round for 30 points, and 9.8 seconds in the short round for an additional 30 points. This landed him in second place in the average, bringing him to 110 points. Jace Allen earned 10 points in the long round with an 8.5 second run but missed the mark in the short round with a time of 20 seconds. This run lost him a shot at a place in the average.
Allen also competed in steer wrestling, where he placed fourth in the average with a long round time of 4.8 seconds and a short round time of 6 seconds. Tarleton’s Tyler Muth also competed in this event, and his long round time of 5.5 seconds qualified him for the short round where he posted a time of 9.2 seconds.
In the saddle bronc riding, Rhett Fanning tied for the second spot in the average with a long round score of 78 points and a score of 76 in the short go. Jake Barnes also competed for Tarleton, with a 74-point ride in the long round and a 72-point ride in the short round. Finally, Jake Burwash competed in this event for a score of 77 points in the long run and a no score in the short round.
In the team roping, Meged and Zach Kraus had a time of 6 seconds in the long round. Their speedy 5.5 second run in the short round secured them a first-place spot in the average. Jhett Trenary headed for Stefan Ramone of South Plains College, for a time of 5.9 seconds in the long round and 6.2 in the short. They placed third in the average. Zach Varian paired up with Scott Martell from Weatherford College for a long round time of 6.8 seconds and a short round time of 6.5 seconds, putting them fourth in the average. Tarleton’s Pace Blanchard teamed up with West Texas A&M’s Kade Sherwood for a long round time of 5.2 seconds. The team suffered some tough luck in the short round, coming up with empty loops.
Tarleton women’s rodeo team also competed last weekend for a total of 111.66 points.
In breakaway roping, Simone Park had a 2.1 second time in the long round she duplicated that 2.1 second run in the short round, but unfortunately broke the barrier costing her a 10 second penalty, pushing her time to 12.1 seconds. Despite the penalty, she still placed fifth in the average.
In goat tying, Abby Medlin had a time of 7.4 seconds in both the long and short round, putting her in third place in the average. Rickie Engesser had a time of 7.5 seconds in the long round and 7.9 seconds in the short round, putting her in a tie for fifth place in the average for a total of 53.33 points. Kelsey Graf had a time of 7.8 seconds in the long run and an 8.1 second run in the short round, putting her one spot out of the average. Mary Risse also missed placing in the average with a long round time of 7.5 and a short round time of 8.7. Hadley Butler had some tough luck with a time of 7.7 seconds in the long round and a 13 second time in the short round. Lariat Larner also competed for Tarleton, with a 7.4 second run in the long round. Her goat did not stay tied the required 6 seconds in the short round, therefore bumping her out of the average.
Maddy Dickens was the only Tarleton competitor in barrel racing. She made a 13.98 second run in both the long and short round, putting her in fifth in the average with a total of 30 points.