LUBBOCK, Texas - The South Plains College rodeo teams have begun competing in their final fall rodeo and Texan Murphey Black staked his claim as a contender in the field of tie-down ropers by posting a time of 11.2 seconds during Thursday evening's first performance. Black's performance sets the standard as the 86 remaining tie-down ropers will be gunning for his time.
Russell Schilling, who finished third overall last week in Perryton, was unable to record a time and will not be a contender in Lubbock.
Tyke Kipp gave himself a shot at making Saturday's short round in steer wrestling when he recorded the third best time of the night at 5.8 seconds, slightly behind the leading times of 5.4 and 5.7 seconds made by competitors from Sul Ross and Western Texas, respectively.
Similarly, Kelli Kindig tied for the third best time of the night in the goat tying competition as she finished in 11.1 seconds. Teammate Laramie Wing recorded a time of 12.5 seconds for fifth best of the evening.
Jessie Kate Cole completed the barrels in 16.7 seconds for the fourth best time of the night.
Competing eighth in breakaway roping, freshman Kelsee Watkins appeared to have taken the lead in the event when she quickly roped her calf. Unfortunately it was announced that Watkins made an illegal catch and was given a ‘No Time.'
Also competing were bull riders Trey Paul Meeks and Kory McLaughlin. Both were unable to record scores as both gave great effort but could not hang on before the eight second buzzer sounded.
The Texas Tech rodeo continues with slack Friday morning from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. A second performance is scheduled for Friday evening at 7 p.m.
1st Performance Thursday 7PM
Trey Paul Meeks Bull Riding-Section 2 No Score
Kory McLaughlin Bull Riding-Section 2 No Score
Russell Schilling Calf Roping No Time
Murphey Black Calf Roping 11.2 seconds 1st place
Tyke Kipp Steer Wrestling 5.8 seconds 3rd place
Jessie Kate Cole Barrel Racing 16.70 seconds 4th place
Kelsee Watkins Breakaway Roping NT
Kelli Kindig Goat Tying 11.1 seconds t-3rd place
Laramie Wing Goat Tying 12.5 seconds 5th place
Slack after 1st Performance Thursday
Pettitt/Pettitt Team Roping
/Black Team Roping
Hull/Schilling Team Roping
Menefee/Lehmann Team Roping
Meeks/McLaughlin Team Roping
Daugherty/Cervantes Team Roping
Slack Friday 9AM
Asa Daugherty Calf Roping
Cole/Kothman Team Roping
Gagnon/Willick Team Roping
Larami Stewart Barrel Racing
Kimberly Hendley Breakaway Roping
Jessie Kate Cole Breakaway Roping
Kimberly Hendley Goat Tying
2nd Performance Friday 7PM
Lane Wright Bareback Riding
J.T. Pettitt Bull Riding-Section 1
Clay Pettitt Bull Riding-Section 1
Ty Willick Steer Wrestling
Teanna Matchett Barrel Racing
Savannah Hull Goat Tying
Sarah Walker Goat Tying
Slack after 2nd Performance Friday
Savannah Hull Barrel Racing
Karly Johnson Barrel Racing
Amanda Nicholson Barrel Racing
Slack Saturday 9AM
Blake Gagnon Calf Roping
Blake Gagnon Steer Wrestling
Sarah Walker Barrel Racing
Courtney Conklin Barrel Racing
Kelli Kindig Breakaway Roping
Courtney Conklin Breakaway Roping
Keyla Kothman Breakaway Roping
Savannah Hull Breakaway Roping
Laramie Wing Breakaway Roping
Sarah Walker Breakaway Roping
Karly Johnson Breakaway Roping
Amanda Nicholson Goat Tying