With the fall season recently finished, Weatherford College Rodeo Coach Johnny Emmons has had a little time to assess the first half of the 2014-15 season.
“The men’s team is off to a pretty good start,” said Emmons, whose Coyotes sit in third place at the midpoint. “We are only a few points out of second, and really have only had one ‘good’ rodeo. TSU (Tarleton State University) and WTC (Western Texas College) are very strong, but we are too, and I feel comfortable about our guys being able to step up and take that number two spot again this year.”
The top two teams in the Southwest Region will advance to the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo., next June. For the first time in school history, Weatherford College sent a complete team (the men) to the event last year. It was the 10th consecutive year in which WC was represented at the CNFR, having sent individual competitors in each of the previous nine.
Tarleton leads the Southwest Region among men with 2,542 points, with Western Texas second with 1,705, and WC with 1,630.
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The women are off to a little more challenging start, standing ninth after the first half with 220 points. Eastern New Mexico (1,012) leads the region, with Tarleton (994) second.
“They did get on the board at the fourth rodeo, and then had a decent fifth rodeo,” Emmons said of the Lady Coyotes. “We have a talented girls team in a very tough, talent-rich Southwest Region. It’s going to be hard, but we are going to keep our confidence up, work hard over the break, and come back in the spring optimistic.”
Individually, Casey Tew ranks second nationally in team roping-header with 500 points, only 65 points out of first place. Cole Wheeler is 14th with 310 points, and Aaron Macy is 17 with 290.
The WC men have three of the top 11 in tie down roping. Kody Mahaffey is third with 220 points, Seth Cooke (155) is seventh, and Lane Livingston (122) is 11th. Williams leads with 275.
Three more Coyotes are in the top 11 in steer wrestling. Mahaffey is fourth with 190,Cooke is seventh with 155, and Coledon Harmon with 130 is 11th.
“If we can improve on what we did this fall, I am confident that WC will be represented very well in the spring.”