SNYDER — The South Plains College women's rodeo team jumped into second place in the Southwest Region standings Saturday following a third place overall team finish at the Western Texas College Rodeo.
The Lady Texans finished with 165 points in Snyder, bringing their season total to 1,335 points, moving ahead of Texas Tech University, who is now third in the region standings with 1,305 points. Weatherford College holds a slim lead with 1,693.3 points with a single rodeo remaining. Eastern New Mexico took first on the weekend with 335 points, while Weatherford was second with 183.3 points. The Texans placed 12th in the men's team standings with 80 points, with Western Texas and Cisco College taking the top two spots.
Samantha Taylor was the top point scorer for SPC, placing third in goat tying with 110 points. Taylor ran a 7.2 in the long round and a 7.9 in the finals to finish with a 15.1 average. Taylor now sits seventh in the region standings in goat tying with 270 points. South Plains' Brooke Swaffield picked up 45 individual points in goat tying, placing sixth on the weekend. Swaffield turned in a 7.3 in the long round and an 8.8 in the finals to finish with a 16.6 average.
Madison Rice also scored for the Lady Texans in goat tying, placing seventh overall. Rice ran a 7.3 in the long round and a 9.7 in the finals, tallying 15 points. Rice is currently fifth in the region standings in goat tying with 320 points. Emery Mask notched 40 points for South Plains in barrel racing, placing ninth overall. Mask posted a 17.86 in the long round and a 22.87 in the finals to finish with a 40.73 average. Mask now sits second overall in the region standings in barrel racing with 495 points.
On the men's side, South Plains' Tee McLeod totaled 80 points in steer wrestling, placing third overall. McLeod clocked a 4.9 in the long round and a 4.6 in the finals, posting a final average of 9.5. McLeod moves up nine spots in the region standings and is currently 10th overall with 175 points in steer wrestling.
South Plains will be back in the arena next weekend when they travel to Stephenville for the Tarleton State University Rodeo April 22-24, with a spot in the College National Finals Rodeo up for grabs. The top two teams in the men's and women's divisions, as well as the top three competitors in each event, qualify for the CNFR in Casper, Wyoming, June 13-19.