GOODWELL, Okla. - Southeastern put a bow on its 2013-14 season with a solid showing in the year’s finale at the Oklahoma Panhandle State Rodeo, with Ethan Fox and Lacey Kessler ultimately earning berths to the College National Finals Rodeo.
Fox opened his competition with a 9.0 in the first round to split 4/5 with his partner Chase Boekhaus from Northwestern Oklahoma State.
The duo closed out its weekend by catching a hard-running steer in 8.4 which was good enough to earn them fourth in the average and lock up a Central Plains Region championship in the team roping.
Kessler did not necessarily have a great weekend, but when the dust settled in Goodwell, the points standing did not change in the top three as she earned the bid in the third-place position in the region.
Ari-Anna Flynn very nearly gave SE a third qualifier after clocking a 17.04 in the first round which turned out to be the second-fastest run by anyone on the weekend, and then coming back in the short-go with a 17.54 to finish third in the average, finishing 15 points out of third in the region.
The second of SE’s two ranked team ropers very nearly added to the qualifier total as well, coming into the weekend third in the region with teammate Sawyer Barham from Coffeyville CC.
However, the duo clocked a 13.0 in the first round and missed the short-go which ultimately dropped them to fifth in the region.
Kaitlyn Prentice had the best showing of the weekend in the barrel racing, winning the first go round with a 16.99, splitting the fastest time of the weekend with Bailee Snow of NEO who ran it in the short-go. Prentice then stopped the clock with a 17.41 in the short go, winning second in the average. Chisum Thurston earned a trip back to the short-go in the tie down roping after splitting 10th and 11th place with a 11.6, but had a no time in the short go round. The CNFR is scheduled for June 15-21 in Casper, Wyo.