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WC women bring home another rodeo win

The Weatherford College women’s rodeo team won first place at the Texas Tech University Rodeo this past weekend in Lubbock.

Barrel racers Laney Fowler, Kelly Valdez and Bristan Kennedy combined for 265 points to edge out Tarleton State University’s 230 points for the team title.

Fowler came back from ninth place to win the finals with a run of 15.75 and the overall championship with 31.85 on two runs.

Valdez, who now leads the Southwest Region, placed in both rounds and finished third overall with 32.22 on two runs.

Kennedy ran the fastest time of the rodeo winning round one with a 15.73 and finished eighth overall. Kelsey Hancock also placed eighth in breakaway roping.

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Laney Fowler Kelly Valdez Bristan Kennedy


The WC men’s rodeo team wrapped up the weekend in fourth place, led by Leighton Berry who placed in both rounds and won third in bareback riding.

In steer wrestling, Tate Thomas placed twice and won third overall, while AC Bass finished seventh after winning the first round.

Team ropers Jarett Freeman roping with Cisco’s True Lacina placed in both rounds and finished third, while reigning Southwest Region champions Lane Cooper and Kirby Blankenship placed fifth for the third week in a row. Kade Smith and Blake Bentley finished ninth overall but maintain second in the region.

At the halfway point in the rodeo season, the WC women’s team is in second place in the region trailing Tarleton, while the WC men’s rodeo team is ranked fifth.

WC rodeo will resume action in February with the San Antonio College Rodeo showdown followed by the Odessa College Rodeo.

In other rodeo news, this past weekend current WC team member Sara Angelone teamed up with her sister Martha, a former WC student-athlete, to win the All Girl United States Team Roping championship in Oklahoma City.

Kyle Dettmerring also won the No. 8 United States Team Roping Championships and qualified for the World Series of Team Roping in December in Las Vegas.

Finally, this past weekend in Las Vegas, Faith Holyan competed at the Indian National Finals Rodeo and walked away with the Women’s World All-Around championship after placing third in breakaway roping and placing in barrel racing.