WC roper reflects on nationals appearance

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Landon Williams understands that simply reaching the College National Finals Rodeo is quite an accomplishment.

And now that he’s been to the prestigious event in Casper, Wyo., the sophomore-to-be Weatherford College team roper wants more.

"I didn’t want to be that guy who goes, gets the experience and wins next time," he said. "But since I am that guy, next year I plan on making it back with my partner and doing a lot better."

Not that Williams did badly this year. Competing with Chase Williams of Tarleton State University, the duo placed 28th. They had roped together only once before.

And, after two rounds, they stood in 15th place, on the verge of advancing to the finals before failing to rope a calf in that round.

"He was competitive, but lack of experience with each other hurt," said WC coach Johnny Emmons. "But as I’ve said many times, he’s one of the best two-event guys I’ve seen. I fully expect him to make a strong run in both team roping and tie down roping next season."

Williams advanced to the short-go five times in each event during the season now past.

"Chase and I did okay, but I really want to go with my regular partner. You practice with each other, you know each other’s moves..." Williams said.

Williams was scheduled to rope with his girlfriend and Tarleton State roper Cadee Tew, a former WC competitor. However, when a roper was disqualified at the last minute, pairings were adjusted and Williams and Tew were given different partners.

Tew finished third in the Women’s All-Around standings after finishing third in team roping and winning the second round of breakaway roping.

"She came close. She had a tremendous rodeo," Williams said. "She had high expectations, and she did all she could."

Williams said he does not know who his steady roping partner will be next season at WC, but he has a couple in mind.

"I kind-of know, but I’m waiting to make it official," he said.

Tew is one of three former Coyotes who performed well at the CNFR. Clayton Shaw won the reserve national championship in tie down roping, and Reese Reimer was 10th in the same event.

Williams said keeping the WC tradition of having someone advance to nationals (a streak now at nine years) was important to him.

"It’s pretty cool. When I got there a bunch were with their teammates, and I was the Lone Ranger from Weatherford," he said. "Next year I hope to have several of my teammates up there with me. We’re going to have a really good team next year.

"We’ve got some really good guys coming back, and we’ve got some good girls as well. And we’ve got some great freshmen coming in."

Williams said he also takes pride in advancing out of the Southwest Region, arguably the toughest in the nation for college rodeo.

"You can definitely say you’ve done something if you advance out of this region, and I’m very proud of that," he said. "Hopefully, I can learn from my experience this year. I plan on coming back the next couple of years."

College National Finals Rodeo results

Former Weatherford College rodeo athlete ClaytonShaw won the reserve national championship in tie-down roping at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper.

The Tarleton State University senior and Decatur native turned in scores of 8.9, 10.0, 9.8 and 10.4 over four days to secure second place overall in the national competition. Shaw, who is graduating from TSU in December, officially began his pro rodeo career in Reno June 20.

Cadee Tew, another WC alumnus now competing for TSU, finished third in the women’s national All-Around title standings after taking third place in team roping and winning the second round of breakaway roping.

“Our former students were all outstanding,” said WC rodeo coach Johnny Emmons. “It’s great to see them go on to universities and do so well on the national stage.”

Current WC competitor Landon Williams and team roping partner Chase Williams (TSU) finished 28th out of 50 teams. It was the ninth consecutive season in which the Coyotes have had a representative in Casper.

“Landon didn’t have a great CNFR, but he’s one of the most talented ropers we have had here at WC,” Emmons said. “He has consistently placed in both team roping and tie-down roping over the past couple of seasons. He’s coming back for a third season this fall, and I expect he’ll return to the CNFR next summer, hopefully in both events.”

-Brent Baker, WC Vice President of Institutional Advancement

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