Panola College rodeo team traveled to Robstown for the 7th Southern Region rodeo February 26-27.
Kole Chandler, a freshman from Mississippi, started the action off in the bareback riding. Kole scored 63 points on his long go horse good enough to win a spot in the top ten. The top ten in each event come back and then compete on a second head of stock for average points. Chandler short go horse was good enough to earn him a 69 point ride and land him in 5th place.
Caleb Cogbill, the iron man, showed the big men how to do it in the steer wrestling. Caleb was very fast on his long go steer, knocking him down in just 4.6 seconds. That time was good enough for 2nd place. Caleb came back in the short round with another good time of 7.8 seconds. The combined time of 12.4 seconds was fast enough for a 4th place average finish. Caleb is a sophomore that is working on his petroleum technologies degree and has been a huge asset to the team. Caleb is a four event cowboy that works both ends of the arena recently adding saddle bronco riding to his list of events.
Cody Wright continued his winning ways stopping the clock in just 6.4 seconds in the team roping event. The time was as fast as it got all weekend finishing the long go with a 1st place split. Cody, the heeler, along with partner Matt Morian finished the weekend in 5th and 6th in the average. Cody, like Caleb, will finish up his petroleum technologies degree this spring.
Laramie Johnson continued to chase a great shot at the C.N.F.R. in the women’s breakaway roping. Laramie’s time of 2.5 seconds landed her in the 3rd place spot in the long go round. She earned a very important 35 points in the standings for the entire southern region. The top three in each event move on the National Finals, Laramie is currently in 3rd place. Laramie is just a freshman who is expected to be a threat in the college rodeo world for the next four years.
The bull riding event has proven to be a great deal of points for the rodeo team, and athlete Braden Richardson just keeps doing his part well. Braden started the weekend off right with an 83 point bull ride. The score was good enough to win second place in the long go round. The individual points that he received moved Braden in to 6th place in the overall standings, and with three rodeos left, Braden has a very realistic shot for a C.N.F.R. qualification. Braden is also going to finish his petroleum technologies degree this spring. The rodeo team will be in action next in College Station for the Texas A&M rodeo March 18-19.