VERNON — Kaytlyn Miller won the goat tying event title and Kody Criswell finished second in breakaway roping as the South Plains College women’s rodeo team won the women’s team title on Saturday night at the Vernon College Rodeo with 337.5 points.
“We won a couple events tonight and had some things go our way, so, all in all, it was a good weekend,” South Plains head coach Kerry Doster said. “Overall, all of our kids went out and competed, and there were a couple things that didn’t go our way, but for the most part both teams went out and did what they were supposed to do.”
Miller tallied 175 points thanks to a run of 7.2 in the long round and a 7.3 in the finals, finishing with an overall average of 14.5. South Plains’ Elle Eagles also earned a spot in Saturday’s goat tying finals, placing fifth overall with 42.5 points. Eagles clocked a 7.7 in the long round and an 8.7 in the finals, finishing with a 16.4 average.
Criswell, a sophomore from Mason, Texas tacked on 120 points for the Lady Texans, turning in a time of 2.4 in the long round and a 3.1 in the finals, finishing with a 5.50 overall average. The Texans brought home an event title in tie-down roping as Happy, Texas native Colton McCarley placed first overall with 120 points. McCarley finished with a time of 10.0 in the long round before turning in a time of 8.3 in the finals, ending the event with an overall average time of 18.3
The Texans, who finished fourth on the weekend with 315 points, qualified four for the team roping finals Saturday night. South Plains’ Grady Quam teamed up with Paden Bray of Cisco College as the pair tied for second thanks to a time of 7.1 in the long round and a 6.4 in the finals, finishing with a 13.5 average and 105 points.
Quam and Bray tied for second with South Plains’ Hadley and Hayden Cloward who ran a 7.0 in the long round and a 6.5 in the finals, capping the weekend with 105 points and a 13.5 overall average. South Plains’ Stefan Ramone also qualified for the team roping finals, pairing up with former Texan and current Tarleton State University cowboy Jhett Trenary. The two qualified for the finals with a time of 7.5 in the long round but missed in the finals.
A freshman from Penrose, Colorado, South Plains’ Logan Kenline tallied 55 points for the Texans in Steer Wrestling. Kenline turned in a time of 4.2 in the long round, which he followed up with a 5.3 in the finals, ending the event with a 10.1 average.
With four rodeos complete, South Plains will be back on the saddle next weekend when they travel to Amarillo for the West Texas A&M University Rodeo Oct. 11-13.