Lady Texans Finish Third at NIRA Rodeo Championships
CASPER, Wyo. - The South Plains College men's and women's rodeo teams completed their seasons when they competed at the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association championships June 13-21 with the Lady Texans finishing third in the team standings with 525 points behind the strong showings of Dana Weiser and Haley Nelson.
Weiser competed in two events, goat tying and breakaway roping, accumulating 275 points between the two events. She finished third overall in the goat tying competition after clocking times of 7.5 seconds in round one, 6.3 seconds in round two, and 8.6 seconds in round three. She earned 200 points in the event and her time in round two led all competitors in that round.
Weiser's 16th place finish in breakaway roping earned 75 points toward the Lady Texan team score. She was tied for fourth after a round one time of 3.0 seconds. Unfortunately in round two Weiser was unable to record a score, but she returned in the third round to record a blazing time of 2.7 seconds.
Weiser's accomplishments in the two events earned fourth place in the women's all around.
After a round one time of 15.12 seconds, Nelson was 39th in the barrel racing competition. She quickly moved way up the standings as she completed the second round in 14.35 seconds and saved her best for last with a final round time of 14.08 seconds, leading all competitors in the final round. Nelson finished fourth overall and earned 250 team points.
Cassie Vierstra and Ginger Hathcock each competed in breakaway roping but were unable to earn any team points.
Jeremy Buhler, the lone Texan at the event finished in a tie for 33rd-place in team roping.
SPC head rodeo coach Josh Crow was very pleased with SPC's performance, "We had a great week. Everyone did a great job and Haley and Dana led the way. This is the first year that we have been in team contention for a championship and I realized just how tough it is to win it all. Third place is a great accomplishment."
South Plains College rodeo will enjoy the summer vacation before beginning another season in the fall.