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Texas Tech cowgirl wins title

By Brett Hoffman | Published Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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For Texas Tech cowgirl Kenzie McNeill, barrel racing is a never-ending challenge.

“I like the challenge of trying to get better and improve every day,” McNeill said. “It’s something that you’re never going to be as good as you potentially can be.”

But McNeill has already flashed her potential.

Last week in Casper, Wyo., McNeill took home the barrel racing title at the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s 70th annual College National Finals Rodeo.

During the final round, McNeill turned in a time of 14.09 seconds to clinch the title with a four-run time of 57.38. Maddy Dickens of Odessa College finished second with a 57.56.

McNeill also helped Texas Tech finish second in the women’s team title race. The Lady Raiders earned 475 points. Texas Tech also received help from Shelby Spielman who finished third in the women’s all-around title race.

McNeese State clinched the women’s team title with 480 points. McNeese received tremendous help from Mia Manzanares, who clinched the break-away, goat tying and women’s all-around titles.

South Plains College finished seventh. South Plains’ Jenna Dallyn finished third in the goat tying title race.

In bareback riding, Tyler Berghuis of Tarleton State clinched the title after turning in an 81.5 during the finals. He finished the rodeo with a four-ride tally of 320.5.

Berghuis also helped Tarleton finish second in the men’s team title race with 650. Oklahoma Panhandle State clinched the men’s team title with 750. Panhandle State’s Jake Finlay clinched the saddle bronc riding title.

Ty Harris, a Cisco College freshman, won both the tie-down roping and the men’s rookie titles. Maddee Doerr of Cochise College claimed the women’s rookie title.

Will Centoni of Cuesta College earned the bull riding and men’s all-around titles.

Kellan Johnson of Gillette College, and Trey Yates of Casper College, claimed the team roping title. Tristan Martin of East Mississippi Community College won steer wrestling.

Meanwhile, Kirby Blankenship and Lane Cooper of Weatherford College finished 10th in the team roping title race. The duo also finished second in the second round with a 5.9 and fifth in the third round with a 6.2.

BRUNER RIDING TOUGH

Barrel racer Kelly Bruner is having a remarkable season.

The Millsap cowgirl is ranked in the top 15 in the world.

She clinched the barrel racing title at the Parker County Frontier Days And PRCA Rodeo in Weatherford after turning in a time of 17.12 seconds. She was ranked 12th last week in the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association barrel racing world title race with $37,655 in regular season earnings.

Trevor Brazile, a 23-time world champion from Decatur, clinched the all-around title at the Weatherford rodeo after earning $3,165 in tie-down roping and steer roping. Brazile also pocketed $1,935 for clinching the tie-down roping title with a time of 7.7 seconds at the June 6-9 Johnson County Sheriff’s Posse Rodeo in Cleburne.

Defending world all-around champion Tuf Cooper, of Decatur, pocketed $1,101 after tying for third in tie-down roping at the Cleburne rodeo with an 8.5. Cooper also earned $1,242 after winning the steer roping third round at the Weatherford rodeo with an 8.4.

Cooper was ranked No. 1 in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association 2018 world all-around title race last week with $107,981. Ryle Smith was ranked No. 2 with $62,061 and Brazile was No. 3 with $57,988.

YEARY’S WINNING RIDE

Brody Yeary of Brock earned $9,311 after clinching the bull riding title at the Weatherford rodeo. He was the only bull rider who made a qualified ride throughout the four-day rodeo.

Yeary finished No. 1 in the title race after turning in an 83.

The 2018 Weatherford PRCA/WPRA rodeo offered competitors $116,664. The rodeo was conducted on June 6-9.

PBR UPDATE

Fabiano Vieira, a Brazilian who lives in Decatur, tied for second at the Dakota Community Bank & Trust Touring Pro Division show last weekend in Bismarck, N.D., after turning in an 89.5 on a bull named Huckleberry. Missouri cowboy Mason Lowe finished first. Defending world champion Jess Lockwood earned $75,000, clinching the Chad Berger’s Match of Champions title in Bismarck after turning in a 92.5 on a bovine named Rising Sun.

Brett Hoffman, a Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame member, has reported on rodeos for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for more than three decades.

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