WC rodeo athletes look to final rodeo for nationals berth

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With only one rodeo to go in the regular season, Weatherford College’s Landon Williams and Savannah Todd are “on the bubble” as far as making the College National Finals Rodeo.

After the Howard College Rodeo April 11-13 in Big Spring, Williams was fourth in the team roping-heeler standings in the Southwest Region. His partner, Tarleton athlete and WC-ex Cadee Tew, was third in the team roping-header category.

It all came down to the Tarleton State University Stampede this past weekend. Results weren’t available at press time.

“There will be about six teams with a chance to qualify this weekend in Stephenville,” said Johnny Emmons, WC head rodeo coach. “Landon needs to win something to make it on his own. Otherwise, he still has a chance to qualify through the All-Around standings.”

Williams needed 93 points in tie-down roping to qualify in the All-Around. He finished seventh over the weekend.

“It’ll be very interesting this weekend,” Emmons said.

WC’s Savannah Todd is in the same position as far as qualifying for the CNFR through the All-Around standings. She needs 60 points in barrel racing to put her in the All-Around. Todd finished in 10th place in team roping in Big Spring.

At Howard, Deven Riggins won third place in goat tying, moving her up to seventh in the Southwest Region standings. Madison Ward made her second short go of the season, picking up an eighth place finish in goat tying.

Micah Fox’s seventh place in breakaway roping and Todd’s points added to WC’s team total, allowing the women to finish fifth overall for the weekend.

Weatherford placed three men in the top 10 in steer wrestling, including Paul Melvin (4th in the average), Colton Rundell (7th) and Wynn Williams (9th). Tie down roper Justin Moore won eighth place, and the WC mens team finished seventh overall.

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