Tarleton women take first place at second straight rodeo

The Flash Today photo by DAVID SWEARINGEN

STEPHENVILLE (October 2, 2018) — For the second straight week, the Tarleton State University women’s rodeo team captured first place.

With two individual event champions at the Sul Ross State University Rodeo in Alpine, Tarleton accumulated 385 points to maintain the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) Southwest Region lead.

Lariat Larner posted a two-head time of 13.1 seconds to take her second consecutive goat tying win and teammate Rickie Engresser brought home the breakaway roping crown taking two calves in a speedy 5.4 seconds.

Additionally, Mary Risse split second and third in goat tying with an aggregate 13.5 seconds, Abby Medlin was fourth with a 13.9-second time, and Hadley Butler was eighth after a 6.9 second run in the first round to qualify her for the finals in Alpine.

Tarleton’s Maddy Dickens won the first round of the barrel racing competition and ended up in a tie for fourth place overall with a time of 33.58 seconds. Sam Smith was second in the long go and placed third overall with a 33.56-second time.

The Tarleton women lead the regional standings with 725 points just two weeks into the 2018-19 season.

Tarleton’s men’s team, led by defending national champion bareback rider Tyler Berghuis and tie-down roper Haven Meged, claimed second place at Alpine.

Berghuis racked up 151 points on two bareback rides for first place in his event and teammate Jacob Springer placed sixth in the first round and ninth overall.

Meged was also an event champion flashing a two-head time of 17.3 seconds. Tarleton’s Wyatt Williams and Wesley Sims wound up fifth and sixth respectively in tie-down roping.

In saddle bronc riding, Jake Barnes added a short-go score of 76 to his opening round 75 for second place. Rhett Fanning made the finals with a 64 in the first round and finished in eighth place.

Tarleton team roper Zach Kraus combined with Ranger College’s Tyler Stegall for third place, Pace Blanchard of Tarleton teamed up with Kade Sherwood of West Texas A&M for eighth and Tarleton’s Ty Ross teamed up with Sterling Cowdrey of Ranger College for 10th.

The men have scored a combined 780 points and trail just Clarendon College in the regional standings after two weeks.

Both teams will travel to Vernon this weekend for the third of five fall events.

To learn more about the winning tradition at Tarleton, visit the rodeo program’s home page: www.tarleton.edu/rodeo.


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