LEVELLAND — For the fourth time in as many years, South Plains College rodeo coach Kerry Doster was named the Western Junior College Athletic Conference Women's Head Coach of the Year after leading the Lady Texans to their fourth consecutive Western Junior College Athletic Conference title.
The Lady Texans qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo for the second consecutive year after a second place finish in the Southwest Region. The Texans also proved to be one of the top programs in the region this season, finishing fourth overall in the final team standings.
South Plains freshman' standout Kaytlyn Miller won the women's all-around title with 1,147 points, qualifying for the CNFR finals June 9-15 in Casper, Wyoming. For her efforts, Miller was named the WJCAC Women's Athlete of the Year and will look to help the Lady Texans bring home their first national championship in program history.
Delaney Kunau and Miller also earned all-conference honors in individual events, with Kunau being named a First Team All-Conference selection in breakaway roping, while Miller was a First Team All-Conference selection in goat tying. Kunau finished the year fourth in the region with 350 points, while Miller finished third in the region with 690 points. Miller also earned honorable mention honors in barrel racing thanks to a third place finish in the region with 295 points.
South Plains' Grady Quam was touted as a First Team All-Conference selection in team roping (header) after winning the region with 610 points. Quam is joined by teammate Hayden Cloward who was named All-Conference Honorable Mention in team roping (header) after finishing third in the region with 515 points.
The Texans' Hadley Cloward garnered First Team All-Conference honors in team roping (heeler) after a fourth place finish in the region with 515 points. Also earning all-conference honors in team roping (heeler) is Stefan Ramone, who was named All-Conference Honorable Mention thanks to a seventh place finish in the region with 335 points.
The Texans picked up two more All-Conference Honorable Mention selections as Colton McCarley was named HM in tiedown roping, finishing 10th in the region with 245 points, While Dawson Stewart earned HM honors in steer wrestling after a fifth place finish in the region with 340 points.
WJCAC All-Conference selections:
Men's Team Champion Clarendon College
Women's Team Champion South Plains College
Coach of the Year
Men's Coach of the Year Bret Franks – Clarendon College
Women's Coach of the Year Kerry Doster – South Plains College
Athlete of the Year
Men's Athlete of the Year Tegan Smith – Clarendon College
Women's Athlete of the Year Kaytlyn Miller – South Plains College
Saddle Bronc 1st Team Riggin Smith – Clarendon College
HM Tegan Smith – Clarendon College
Bareback Riding 1st Team Brazos Winters – Frank Phillips College
HM Cooper Bennett – South Plains College
Bull Riding 1st Team Colten Fritzlan – Western Texas College
HM Dalton Kasel – Howard College
Tie Down Roping 1st Team Brody Rankin – Clarendon College
HM Colton McCarley – South Plains College
Steer Wrestling 1st Team Rooster Yazzie – Western Texas College
HM Dawson Stewart – South Plains College
Team Roping Header 1st Team Grady Quam – South Plains College
HM Hayden Cloward – South Plains College
Team Roping Heeler 1st Team Hadley Cloward – South Plains College
HM Stefan Ramone – South Plains College
Barrel Racing 1st Team Ali Armstrong – Western Texas College
HM Kaytlyn Miller – South Plains College
Breakaway Roping 1st Team Delaney Kunau – South Plains College
HM Megan Powell – New Mexico Junior College
Goat Tying 1st Team Kaytlyn Miller – South Plains College
HM Timmi Hutchings – Odessa College