WEATHERFORD, Texas — Senior Dusty Higgins won bull riding and was named All-Around Cowboy as he led the Eastern New Mexico University men’s rodeo squad to the team championship March 10-12 at the Weatherford College Rodeo.
The Eastern men scored 235 points, 120 from Higgins, to edge Texas Tech (220 points) for the title.
The ENMU women’s team did not score, but junior Kelcey Foreman reached the finals in two events and freshman Brittany Bennett missed the short go in barrel racing by one-tenth of a second.
Higgins scored an 82 in the long go, then added an 85 in the short go to end up with a total of 167 points in bull riding. Greyhound freshman Jared Green tied for third, giving him 45 points for the team.
Royce Lynch scored 70 points for the men by claiming first in the short go and second overall in tie-down (calf) roping. Kooper Saiz scored 20 points, but was not counted in team totals — rules require that coaches select six designated scorers before a rodeo begins, and team points are only counted from those six.
Foreman advanced to the short go in both break-away roping and goat tying. She scored a time of 3.0 seconds in the long go for break-away roping, but did not record a time in the short go. In goat tying, Foreman scored 9.3 seconds in the long go but was hurt by a penalty in the short go (time of 19.7 seconds, for a total of 29.0 seconds).
Bennett, who leads the Southwest Region in barrel racing, clocked in at just more than 18 seconds to miss the short go, which had a cutoff time of 17.99 seconds.