The Weatherford College rodeo team brought home two event titles, dominated the team roping competition and won second place overall at the Vernon College Rodeo Oct. 2-4.
WC athletes took first, second and third place in team roping. Freshman Pace Blanchard won the title with Austin Crist from South Plains, moving from fifth to first after the short go. Cole Wheeler got on the board by winning second in the average with New Mexico’s Deven Wigemyer. Casey Tew and Landon Williams (Tarleton) continued their winning ways by picking up third in the average. Tew and Williams have placed at all three rodeos this season, racking up 420 points to lead the regional standings.
In tie-down roping, Seth Cooke came from tenth to win the championship after posting a final round score of 8.4. Cooke won the steer wrestling in Alpine the previous week and has now won points in all three of his events. Lane Livingston placed for the second time this season by tying for fourth in the first round and finishing seventh overall. Landon Duncan placed for the third time in a row by winning the opening round with an 8.4, but missed in the finals to finish 8th overall.
Kody Mahaffey and Coledon Harmon both placed in steer wrestling for the second time this season in steer wrestling. Mahaffey won third in both rounds and finished second overall with 9.1 on two steers, while Harmon won fourth in the first round and finished in a tie for fifth with 10.5 on two.
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The WC men finished in second place overall with 430 points, behind 655 from Western Texas and ahead of Tarleton (403).
In the women’s events, Skylar Ragan placed eighth in barrel racing. It was the second time this season she has qualified for the finals in the event, placing ninth at Eastern New Mexico. Riliegh Harper made her first short go of the season by placing 8th in the first round and finishing tenth overall. Brooke Sully finished eighth in goat tying with runs of 7.2 and 8.8. It was her second short go of the season placing in breakaway at Sul Ross.
WC traveled to Amarillo’s National Center for the West Texas A&M Rodeo over the weekend. Results weren’t available at press time.