Taylor crowned women's all-around champion, Lady Texans win team title Saturday at Texas Tech Rodeo

Taylor crowned women's all-around champion, Lady Texans win team title Saturday at Texas Tech Rodeo

LUBBOCK — Samantha Taylor captured the women's all-around title as the Lady Texan rodeo team won their second consecutive women's team championship Saturday at the Texas Tech University Rodeo at Cook's Garage.

The Lady Texans finished with 345 points on the weekend, with second-place finisher Texas Tech notching 230 points. South Plains continues to lead the women's team standings in the Southwest Region with 935 points, with Texas Tech currently second with 675 points to date.

The Texans rode their way to an eighth-place finish Saturday with 185 points, as Sul Ross State University won the men's team title with 480 points.

After posting the fastest long round time in goat tying with a 6.6, Taylor clocked another 6.6 in the finals to finish with a 13.2 average and 160 points in the event. Teammate Madison Rice rode her way to a second-place finish in goat tying, running a 6.7 in the long round and a 6.6 in the finals, posting a 13.3 average to finish with 130 points for South Plains. Taylor would then turn in a seventh-place overall finish in breakaway roping, running a 2.4 in the long round before missing in the finals, but still tacked on 55 points for the Lady Texans.

"Samantha has been working extremely hard, and she had a good performance at the Clarendon Rodeo and figured out what she needed to do to take things up a level," South Plains rodeo coach Kerry Doster said. "She knows what she needs to do to win and be competitive at this level, and she's been putting in the work the past few weeks and it paid off for her."

Titan Quigg led the Texans Saturday night, winning the tiedown roping event title. Quigg turned in the fastest long round time in 8.0, which he followed up with a 10.2 in the finals, finishing with an 18.2 average and 145 points for South Plains. Tee McLeod added 40 points to the team total thanks to a fifth-place finish in steer wrestling. McLeod clocked a 6.0 in the long round and posted a 7.3 in the finals to cap the event with a 13.3 average.

"Titan has come in as a freshman and done well, and he competes in one of the toughest events in the region," Doster said. "Texas in known for calf roping, and he's come in and competed and I'm really proud of him. To come in as a true freshman and done what he's done, I couldn't ask for anything more."

Taylor and Quigg didn't go home empty handed, as Taylor won a horse trailer as the all-around champion, as well as a saddle and buckle for winning the goat tying event. Quigg was also rewarded with a saddle and buckle for his top finish. 

South Plains College will return to the arena next semester when they travel to Odessa for the Odessa College Rodeo Feb. 25-27, followed by a trip to Portales for the Eastern New Mexico University Rodeo March 18-20.