PORTALES, N.M. -- The South Plains College rodeo team shined in their season opening rodeo Sept. 20-22 in Portales, N.M., advancing nine to Saturday's short round. The SPC men finished the rodeo with 225 team points, good for a sixth place finish in the team standings.
Leading the charge was SPC newcomer Colt Cleavinger
who dominated the bull riding competition in his first rodeo competing for South Plains College.
had a heck of a weekend," third year head coach Kerry Doster
said. "He won the bull riding straight across."
Cleavinger recorded scores of 84 points on both his rides to win both the long and short rounds in addition to the overall average and came away with 180 team points.
"When I recruited this kid I knew he was a step above a lot of the kids at this level. The key thing he did when he drew the good bulls this weekend, he executed. He made good rides and did not make mistakes that get you bucked off."
The performance puts Cleavinger in good position after one rodeo as he leads to region in the event by 50 points.
SPC also had two make the final round of bareback riding in Dylan Wahlert
and Kyle Sutherland
. Wahlert rode to a 73 on his first attempt, good for a tie for fourth place in the long round (25 points). Sutherland's 62 was just enough to get him in Saturday's short go where he rode to a 64. Wahlert was unable to record a score in the final.Ty Willick
and Jarrett Parson
each advanced in steer wrestling with times of 5.8 seconds for Willick and 6.2 for Parson, setting them up at fifth and sixth entering the short round. Each recorded no time in the final round.Tate Teague
and Murphy Black teamed up to record a time of 7.4 seconds in team roping, the sixth quickest time entering the final. They, too, were unable to record a time Saturday night and settled for 10 team points.
On the women's side, Kimberly Hendley
and Kipty Watt
each finished in a four-way tie for seventh place as both completed round one of goat tying in 9.0 seconds. Hendley's short round time was 13.1 seconds, while Watt finished in 14.8 seconds to finish seventh and eighth overall in the event.
Overall, Doster was pleased with what he saw with his team's first performances.
"The rodeo went pretty well," he said. "There were some mistakes we made in the short round that could have really brought the rodeo to where we could have had a three or four hundred point rodeo pretty easily.
"We had a tough weekend in the girls events. We are going to try to get some of the issues squared away and try to have a better weekend in Alpine."
The SPC rodeo teams will depart for their next rodeo Thursday and will compete Sept. 27-29 on the campus of Sul Ross State University in Alpine.
SPC Entries at Sul Ross State Rodeo • Alpine, Texas
1st Performance Thursday @ 7 PMKyle Sutherland
Watkins Team RopingSadie Watkins
Goat TyingKylee Mackelprang
Slack after Thursday PerformanceJordan Box
Slack Friday @ 9 AMBlake Gagnon
Calf RopingShane Krywcun
Gagnon/Willick Team Roping
Cole Team Roping
Kothman/Daugherty Team Roping
Teague/Black Team RopingSarah Walker
Breakaway RopingKelsee Watkins
Breakaway RopingKipty Watt
Breakaway RopingKimberly Hendley
Breakaway RopingJessie Kate Cole
Breakaway RopingKylee Mackelprang
Breakaway RopingSadie Watkins
Breakaway RopingKeyla Kothman
2nd Performance Friday @ 7 PMColt Cleavinger
Bull RidingSeavor Tate
Calf RopingBlake Gagnon
Steer WrestlingJW Ery
Lehman/Carmichael Team RopingSarah Walker
Slack after Friday PerformanceKyler Cator
Bull RidingKipty Watt
Slack Saturday @ 9 AMPryce Harris
Calf RopingAsa Daugherty
Calf RopingMurphey Black
Calf RopingDylan Wahlert
Steer WrestlingJarrett Parson
Steer WrestlingTy Willick
Harris/Tate Team Roping
Parson Team RopingJessie Kate Cole
Barrel RacingKeyla Kothman
Goat TyingKimberly Hendley
Goat TyingKipty Watt