Robinson, Boren earn chance to compete in Nation Finals Rodeo

by STEVEN GEHEGAN//Sports Editor

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The South Plains College men’s and women’s rodeo teams capped a strong spring season by advancing two athletes to the National Finals Rodeo.

Sophomore Rainy Robinson and freshman Chet Boren will represent SPC at the College National Finals Rodeo, which will take place June 9 – June 17 in Casper, Wyoming.

Boren, from Vernal, Utah, claimed the title of Southwest regional champion by earning the most points in men’s steer wrestling with 585 points. Robinson, from Caldwell, Idaho, won the Southwest regional championship in barrel racing with 530 points.   

The teams competed in the Tarleton State Rodeo, which was held April 20 – April 22 in Stephenville.

In the breakaway roping event, freshman Lariat Larner posted a time of 2.7 seconds in the long run and 100 seconds in the short run, scoring 30 points and placing seventh.

In the goat tying event, freshman Jenna Dallyn posted a time of 7.4 seconds in the long run and 8 seconds in the short run, scoring 125 points and placing third. Freshman Megan Burbidge posted a time of 8.1 seconds in the long run and 9 seconds in the short run, failing to score any points. Freshman Baylee Henderson posted a time of 8.1 seconds in the long run and 100 seconds in the short run, also failing to score points. Freshman Avery Gonzales competed but did not score as well.

In the barrel racing event, freshman Alex Odle posted a time of 15.75 seconds in the long run and 15.74 seconds in the short run, scoring 40 points and tying for sixth.

In the men’s steer wrestling event, sophomore Coy Surrett posted a time of 4.4 seconds in the long run and 4.6 seconds in the short run, scoring 175 points and placing first. Freshman Riley Hayes posted a time of 5 seconds in the long run and 14.3 seconds in the short run, scoring 35 points and placing sixth.

In the team roping event, freshman Kade Sherwood and freshman Stefan Ramone posted a time of 6.8 seconds in the long run and 6.3 seconds in the short run, scoring 130 points and placing second.   

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