CLARENDON — Entering the weekend in second place in the Southwest Region rodeo standings, the South Plains College women's rodeo team has taken over the top spot in the region after winning the women's team title Saturday night at the Clarendon College Rodeo at the CC Livestock & Equine Center.
Trailing Weatherford College by 35 points heading to Clarendon, the Lady Texans took first overall with 225 points, taking hold of first place in the region with 590 team points to date. Texas Tech University placed second on Saturday with 215 points. The Texans rodeo their way to a ninth-place team finish with 70 points, with Clarendon College placing first in the men's division with 605 points.
South Plains' Emery Mask, who came into the weekend already leading the Southwest Region in barrel racing earned a second place overall finish Saturday night. Mask ran the fastest long round time on Thursday in 16.93, which she followed up with a time of 16.80 in the finals, capping the event with a 33.73 average, picking up 145 points for the Lady Texans.
"Emery is doing a great job for us with her barrel horse and Madison Rice had a good week which should move her up in the region standings," South Plains rodeo coach Kerry Doster said. "When you have a barrel racer as solid as Emery it allows you to build a team around that, and that's what we have been able to do to this point. Hopefully, we can keep that horse healthy, and every women's team we have had success with we've had a really solid barrel racer like we do this year."
The Lady Texans tallied 80 points to their team total in breakaway roping thanks to a sixth-place overall finish from Madison Rice. Rice turned in a time of 2.2 in the long round and clocked a 12.5 in the finals, ending the event with a 14.70 average for South Plains. Meghan McGinley represented the Lady Texans in the goat tying finals, earning a third-place overall finish. McGinley ran a 7.8 in the long round, followed by a 7.7 in the finals to notch 80 individual points.
Kaden Prince got things rolling for the Texans in the team roping event with a sixth-place overall finish. Prince paired up with Caden Clay from Tarleton State, with the duo turning in the top time of 6.1 in the long round, but missed in the finals. Prince and Clay finished with a 106.1 average with Prince netting 70 points for the Texans.
Titan Quigg represented the Texans in the tiedown roping finals, turning in a ninth-place overall finish. Quigg clocked a time of 8.5 in the long round before missing in the finals, earning 50 individual points on the weekend. The Texans had a pair of cowboys wrestle their way into the steer wrestling short round as Dawson Stewart and Colt Honey finished seventh and eighth overall, respectively. Stewart took seventh following a run of 5.7 in the long round and a 13.4 in the finals, capping the event with a 19.1 average. Honey placed eighth with a run of 5.1 in the long round and a 16.0 in the finals, earning 35 individual points.
"We have a lot of talent on our men's team which hasn't quite shown up on paper for us this year," Doster said. "Kaden Prince won the first round for us in team roping and had a good shot last night, but it just didn't work out for him in the finals. We're going to keep working with our men's team and hopefully, we can start having some things go our way as the season progresses."
The Texans and Lady Texans will be off next week and will be back in the arena Oct. 29-31 at the Texas Tech University Rodeo at Cook's Garage in Lubbock. Admission for the rodeo is $10 and everyone is welcome to attend.
Southwest Region standings: http://www.collegerodeo.com/standings/2014-2015-southwest-region-standings/