ALPINE — The South Plains College men's and women's rodeo teams saddled up for the first time this season over the weekend at the 75th annual Sul Ross State University Rodeo at the S.A.L.E. Arena.
The Lady Texans capped week one with a second-place overall team finish with 205 points, while the Texans placed ninth overall in the final team standings with 3.3 points. Weatherford College won the women's side with 245 points, with Western Texas College taking first in the men's team standings with 515 points.
Madison Rice was the top point scorer for South Plains, tallying 115 points in breakaway roping to earn a second-place overall finish. Rice turned in a time of 2.3 in the long round, the fourth-best time overall, before running a 2.9 in the finals, capping the event with a 5.20 average. Meghan McGinley also qualified for the breakaway roping finals after posting a 2.4 in the long round. McGinley missed in the finals, finishing with a 102.40 average, good enough for seventh on the weekend.
The Lady Texans placed two cowgirls in the barrel racing finals as Emery Mask took fourth overall, while Brooke Swaffield placed seventh. Mask ran a 16.30 in the long round followed by a 16.01 in the finals, netting 90 points. Swaffield turned in a time of 16.18 in the long round before clocking a 16.45 in the short round, scoring 40 individual points.
Stefan Ramone tallied the first points of the season for the Texans in tiedown roping thanks to a seventh-place overall finish. Ramone turned in a long round time of 9.1, before no timing in the finals, picking up 3.3 points for South Plains. The Texans' Colt Honey earned a fourth-place finish in steer wrestling, scoring 115 individual points on the weekend. Honey ran a 3.9 in the long round which he followed up with a 5.2 in the finals, capping the event with a 9.1 overall average.
Kayden Little turned in a fifth-place finish in the team roping event, netting 20 individual points. Little teamed up with Tarleton's Maddy Deerman, with the duo clocking a time of 7.2 in the long round and turned in a time of 12.5 in the short round, posting a 19.7 overall average.
South Plains will be back in the arena next weekend when they travel to Vernon, Texas for the Vernon College Rodeo Oct. 1-3, followed by a trip to Clarendon Oct. 15-17.