CLARENDON, Texas - The South Plains College Texan rodeo team made a statement in their final fall rodeo held Oct. 25-27 at Clarendon College by scoring 635 team points to come out on top of the team standings for the first time this season. The Lady Texans also flexed their muscles with 197 points and a third place team finish.
The Texans came away with their first team title of the year by utilizing consistency in each of the events they were represented in during Saturday's short round.
After coming away with the maximum 180 points during the first rodeo of the season in Portales, Colt Cleavinger had yet to make another qualifying ride in bull riding during the course of the last three rodeos. That changed in Clarendon as Cleavinger rode to a long round score of 82 Thursday night, a score that would enter Saturday night tied for first.
Cleavinger backed Thursday night's performance up with a final round score of 85 to easily win the completion and garner 175 championship points to help him retake the lead in the Southwest Region standings with 355.
Teammate Kyler Cator rode to fourth best long round score of 76 Thursday. Cator, along with the rest of the field outside of Cleavinger, was unable to earn a short round score but earned 60 championship points for his efforts.
Dylan Wahlert found success in two events over the weekend, bareback riding and steer wrestling.
Wahlert finished second overall in the bareback event following back-to-back 77 point efforts in the long and short rounds. His long round was good for a tie for the top spot and Wahlert wound up two points shy for a tie of the title Saturday night but earned 140 points to move into fourth place in the event standings with a total of 300 through the first half of the season.
During slack Friday morning, Wahlert posted a time of 5.1 seconds in steer wrestling. At the time, Wahlert's effort had him in first place in the event and was only topped by a 4.7 second effort by West Texas A&M's Trigger Roy.
Wahlert appeared to be poised to win the event Saturday night as he quickly wrestled his steer to the ground. Unfortunately, Wahlert left the gate a bit early, and was assessed a 10-second penalty for breaking the barrier to finish with a time of 13.8 seconds.
Parson had no such trouble, finishing second in the short go with a time of 7.1 seconds. More importantly, Parson's two-day score of 12.6 seconds won the event and earned Parson 140 points.
Gagnon, meanwhile, finished third in the short round with a time of 8.2 seconds and finished fifth overall with 70 points.
Willick ran into some tough luck in the short go and was unable to add to his 225 points accumulated in the event entering his fifth rodeo and will likely drop from fourth to fifth in the overall standings of the event.
Seavor Tate used two consistent rounds to come away with the calf roping title. Tate's time of 9.6 seconds was good for second in the long round. He then improved upon the effort with a time second best time of 8.8 seconds in the short round. Tate's two-day total of 18.4 seconds earned him the event title by one-tenth of a second, adding 160 points to the Texan team score.
On the women's side the Lady Texans had two representatives in the short go of goat tying.
Kipty Watt's time of 7.7 seconds was tops in the long round while Sarah Walker's 8.5 seconds was just enough to sneak in as a five-way tie for ninth.
Watt found herself in a similar situation Saturday night as she found herself in a five-way tie for fourth with a time of 8.8 seconds. Watt finished with 102 points, giving her 212 for the season.
Walker, meanwhile, recorded a time of 7.8 seconds in Saturday's short go to tie for first and would go on to finish fourth overall with 95 points.
The Clarendon College rodeo completes the fall season for South Plains College as well as the Southwest Region and will enjoy a lengthy break before picking their season back up in March.
South Plains will host their first ever NIRA college rodeo March 21-23 at the Mallet Event Center.