LUBBOCK - The South Plains College rodeo teams advanced six to Saturday's short round for a chance to earn individual titles and accumulate regional points at the Texas Tech rodeo. J.W. Ery did just that as he won for the second time in three tries and catapulted himself closer to the top of the Southwest Region steer wrestling standings.
Ery entered the Texas Tech rodeo in sixth place with 115 points in the Southwest Region standings. When all was said and done, Ery earned 140 more points and will most likely find himself in second place when the Southwest region standings are posted later this week.
On Saturday, Ery equaled his long round time of 4.5 seconds to give him a two day total of 9.0 seconds to take the lead in the event with three competitors remaining, including teammate Shane Krywcun. Nobody could better Ery's two day total and he earned 140 points after finishing in a three way tie for second in the long round (40 points), third in the short round (40 points) and winning the average (60 points).
Ery will now have 255 points in the event after three rodeos with West Texas A&M's Trigger Roy leading the event with 330.
Krywcun also attained a time of 4.5 seconds in the long round but ran into trouble Saturday night and was unable to attain a time. He earned 40 championship points.
Pryce Harris was the first SPC competitor Saturday night, advancing in the tie-down calf roping. Harris' time of 7.9 seconds in the long round entered the final tied for third. Harris had a slight hiccup on Saturday, slowing him down to a finishing time of 10.1 seconds, good for fifth in the round and fifth in the average to earn a total of 75 championship points.
The Lady Texans advanced three to the goat tying final. Kylee Mackelprang entered Saturday with the seventh best time of 8.5 seconds and was the fourth cowgirl to go to work. Mackelprang instantly made herself a contender, turning in a time of 8.6 seconds for a two day total of 17 seconds and tying for the lead at the time. Mackelprang would eventually settle for a tie for second place in the event as well as take home 85 championship points in the event.
Entering the goat tying event in sixth place in the overall Southwest Region standings, Kipty Watt earned 20 points in the long round thanks to a three-way tie for fourth in the long round. Watt would finish seventh in the overall average after her short round time of 10.1 seconds gave her a two day total of 18.5 seconds.
Sadie Watkins' long round time of 8.4 seconds earned her a split of the fourth place long round tie. Watkins appeared to have a good time brewing in the short round event, but her goat kicked out at the last moment and Watkins was unable to record a time.
The Texas Tech rodeo was the fourth-of-five fall rodeos South Plains is scheduled to compete in. The Texans and Lady Texans will complete their fall schedule at Clarendon next weekend, Oct. 25-27.