DURANT, Okla. - Southeastern rodeo turned in several solid outings in front of the home crowd at the Betty Gayle Cooper-Ratliff Memorial Rodeo that was held over the weekend, ending with the finals on Saturday night.
The Savage Storm brought back four finalists in the short go in three different events, with SE riders leading all three events after the long go.
The Storm sent a pair of barrel racers into Saturday night’s performance, led by Kaitlyn Prentice who clocked a 16.67 in the first round to win the long go, while Ari-Anna Flynn was right behind with a 16.80 which was good for second in the round.
Micaela Carlile and Sheldyn Williams nearly made it a four-rider final for the Storm, but finished 11th and 12th, just out of the top 10.
Prentice hit some bad luck in the short go and broke pattern, earning a no time for her run, but Flynn did her best to keep the barrel racing title at home by clocking a 16.77 to finish second in the short go, but first in the overall average.
Lacey Kessler turned in a great weekend in the breakaway roping, putting up a lighting quick 2.9 second run in the long go to lead the event, but came back with a 5.1 in the short go to finish third in the round and third in the average out of 100 competitors.
On the men’s side, Kolton Schmidt and his team roping partner Sawyer Burham from Coffeyville CC turned in the best time in the opening round with a 7.2 second run that was tops among 95 teams. However, the team missed in the short go and had to take a no time.
Southeastern’s rodeo teams will be back in action April 10-12 when it travels to Weatherford, Okla., for the Southwestern Oklahoma State Rodeo.