After 10 regular season rodeos and thousands of miles on the road, four Weatherford College athletes have qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo this summer. Seth Cooke, Coledon Harmon, Aaron Macy and Casey Tew will represent WC in Casper, Wyo., June 14-20.
It’s the 11th consecutive year that WC will be represented in Casper.
The men’s team finished third in the Southwest Region, narrowly missing out on their second straight CNFR berth as a team. The women’s team finished eighth out of the 15-team field.
“Overall, I’m proud of our team and we’ll be well-represented in Casper,” said WC Head Coach Johnny Emmons. “We were disappointed that we couldn’t catch Western Texas College for the number two spot in the men’s team standings. I felt like we were more talented and should have won second, but losing Kody Mahaffrey to injury really hurt us. Also, our team ropers struggled in the second half, but even with all of that, we still had a shot at the top two going into the last rodeo.”
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Cooke, a Weatherford High School graduate, won the Southwest Region reserve championship in tie-down roping and finished fourth in the All-Around standings. This is Cooke’s first CNFR but he’s not new to a high level of competition—he won the All-Around title for the United Professional Rodeo Association last year.
Harmon won the reserve title in steer wrestling. He led the region through nine rodeos and placed in seven of the 10 rodeos this season. The Mississippi native will advance to Casper riding Jango, the region’s Horse of the Year.
Macy, a native of Post, will make a return trip to the CNFR after winning the reserve heading title in team roping, paired with Wesley Thorpe of Ranger College. Aaron’s father, Mike, is a former professional roper who qualified for the Wrangler National Finals.
Tew, a Billings, Mont., native who now lives in Lipan, won his second consecutive Southwest Region championship in team roping, again with former WC athlete Landon Williams, now at Tarleton State. Casey is the third member of his family to qualify for the CNFR for WC (brother Cody, 2007 and sister Cadee, 2011). Tew’s championship marks the 14th regional title for the program.
Cole Wheeler, who qualified for last year’s finals, missed this year’s CNFR by just 50 points, finishing fourth in the team roping-header standings. Mahaffrey, another former CNFR qualifier, still finished among the top ten in two events despite his hand injury. Brooke Sully finished fourth in breakaway roping, Sully was fifth in the region for the third straight year and freshman Aspyn Dent finished fifth in goat tying.
The regular season ended with the Tarleton State University Rodeo in Stephenville April 23-25. Tyler Gifford won second in the All-Around standings after a third place finish in steer wrestling and fifth place in team roping with his brother, Cole, who rides for Tarleton. Cooke, Harmon and Lane Livingston won sixth, seventh and ninth, respectively, in tie-down roping. Tew and Williams won third in team roping while Rylea Fabrizio and Adam Jensen won eighth. Chelsea Stodghill was a top 10 finisher in barrel racing.