By Jessica Parton—
For the 50th year, Tarleton has hosted the annual rodeo known as the “Tarleton Stampede” with tremendous success. This is the last scheduled Southwest Region college rodeo of the season to determine the cowboys and cowgirls that will compete at the Collegiate National Finals Rodeo (CNFR), in Casper, Wyoming this upcoming June.
It was a Tarleton victory for both teams at the Stampede over competing colleges such as Texas Tech, Eastern New Mexico University and West Texas A&M, and more.
The men dominated the team standings with 785 points, while New Mexico Junior College placed second with 350 points. The Tarleton women’s team posted 365 points over second place Odessa College that earned 280 points.
Brody Cress won the Saddle Bronc riding event, while teammate Jace Lane placed fourth.
Kody Lamb scored better than the rest in the Bareback Riding for the event win over teammate Devan Reilly who landed in the second place position.
On the timed event side of the arena, Russell Isle led the Tie-Down roping while Lauren Ashley Bane posted the quickest time in the Breakaway roping. Baili Dawn Collins tied her goat the fastest for the event win with many of her teammates landing in the top eight.
As the CNFR nears, Tarleton will be sending many to Wyoming to compete for the team and individual championship titles.
For the Southwest Region year end standings Jace Lane sits at the top of the leader board for the men’s all-around as well as the Saddle Bronc riding, while Lauren Bane and Calie Turley sit third and fourth for the women’s all-around title.
Kody Lamb leads the region in Bareback riding, while Landon Williams is the front runner in the Tie-Down and Team roping (Heeler).
Many other Tarleton students are holding notable positions in each event and have already begun to prepare for the summer event.
“We are extremely excited about the 2015 CNFR, there are extremely talented team members on the men and women’s teams,” said assistant coach Tibba Smith.