Weatherford Sports

WC rodeo enters second half in position for return to nationals

Now the Weatherford College rodeo team plans to start on a second 10.

Having advanced to 10 consecutive College National Finals Rodeo competitions, including sending the entire men's team last season, the Coyotes have their sights set on running their streak to 11.

The spring half of the season gets underway the weekend of March 19-21 in Odessa. It is the first of five spring rodeos that will ultimately decide who advances to Casper, Wyo., in June.

The top two men's and women's teams qualify, along with the top three finishers in each individual event and the top two in all-around individual standings.

"We have the largest and toughest region in all of college rodeo. Its tough out there," said WC Coach Johnny Emmons of the Southwest Region.

The WC men are ranked third in the region with 1,630 points. Tarleton State leads with 2,542 and Western Texas is second with 1,705.

Individually, the Coyotes have the top three team roping headers in the region. Casey Tew leads with 500 points, followed by Cole Wheeler with 310 and Aaron Macy with 290. Also ranked from WC are No. 8 Trinton Downing with 150 points and Tyler Gifford is tied for 10th with 90.

"All three made the finals last year, and hopefully they will continue their winning ways to help lead the guys team back to nationals," said Emmons of Tew, Wheeler and Macy.

Tew is second in the national rankings, 65 points out of first. Wheeler is 18th and Macy is 22nd.

"Kody Mahaffey and Seth Cooke will play a major role if the team can get back," Emmons continued. "Both are strong three-event guys, and both have been winning money on the PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) circuit. I think if these two can get off to a good start they could be potential all-around qualifiers, if not individually in tie-down roping and steer wrestling."

Mahaffey is third in tie-down roping with 220 points, two points out of second and 55 points out of first. He is fourth in steer wrestling with 190 points, trailing the leader with 240 and the runner-up with 230.

Also in tie-down roping, Landon Duncan is fifth with 170 points, and Cooke is seventh with 155. Cooke is also seventh in steer wrestling with 155.

Pace Blanchard is fifth in team roping-heeler with 180 points, Adam Jensen is seventh with 170, and Rody Ballard is ninth with 150. The leader has 500 points, and the runner-up has 310.

As a team, the Lady Coyotes are ninth with 220 points. Eastern New Mexico leads the region with 1,012 and Tarleton is second at 994.

Aspyn Dent is currently in third place in the goat tying standings, having accumulated 325 points. The leader has 467, and second place has 358.

"She is an outstanding athlete, she could very well become WC’s second qualifier in goat tying," Emmons said.

Other rodeos in the second half of the season are Western Texas College (Snyder), March 26-28; Howard (Big Spring), April 9-11; Ranger, April 16-18; and Tarleton State, April 23-25.

The College National Finals Rodeo is June 14-20.