Matt Thomas, Sports Information Director
DURANT – The rain cleared out the day before the Savage Storm Rodeo came to town and it ended up being a great weekend to rodeo in Durant, Oklahoma. The Savage Storm Rodeo kicked off Thursday night ending the weekend with the Saturday night performance of the top ten qualifiers in the short go round of competition. The Savage Storm women’s team was able to come out on top winning the women’s team title and the Savage Storm Men’s team was able to end the weekend with a second place finish.
The Savage Storm women’s team had strong performances while competing at home, with a strong finish in the barrel racing event, which had 125 competitors. ShiAnn Henderson led the way qualifying to the finals in two events, the barrel racing and the goat tying. In the goat tying competition ShiAnn was able to qualify to the top ten in the goat tying splitting a three way split for 6th place. She was able to come back and improve her time to an 8.8 in the competition, placing 2nd in the short go rd. and 2nd in the average with an 18.1. ShiAnn was able to secure a spot in the finals in the barrel racing running a 16.74 placing a 4th place finish in the long go round of competition. ShiAnn had some bad luck with a five second penalty added to her time for knocking a barrel over.
Peyton Glenn came off a win at the first competition of the season and was able to win the long round of competition at her home rodeo by clocking a 16.34. Peyton came back to the finals clocking a 16.63 placing 4th in the short round and ending the weekend with a 2nd place finish in the average in the barrel racing, which moves her into first place in the regional standings. Cierra Chapman qualified to the short round of competition with a 16.86 coming back in 8th position. Cierra was able to improve her time by half a second to a 16.27 giving her a 2nd place finish in the short go round of competition and a third place finish in the barrel racing average.
Lainey cooper was able to keep the momentum rolling after a strong finish during the first rodeo of the season. Lainey qualified to the short go round in 7th position with a 9.4 second run. Lainey improved her time stopping the clock with a 9.0 giving her a 3rd/4th place split in the finals of competition. Lainey turned in an 18.4 giving her a 4th place for the weekend.
In the breakaway competition with 106 contestants entered Hannah Gurrola was able to catch her calf in 3.2 seconds, which gave her a 5th/6th place split in the first round of competition. Hannah came back and had some tough luck going out with a no time in the finals.
In the Men’s competition Laramie Warren lead the way qualifying in three timed events to the finals. Laramie was able to qualify to the finals with a first place in the long round of competition in the team roping, sixth place split in the team roping, tenth place finish in the steer wrestling. Laramie was able to keep the momentum rolling in the tie down with a putting in a 11.0 second run placing 4th in the short round and 4th in the average. In the steer wrestling Laramie was able to improve his time to a 5.6 placing sixth in the short round. In the team roping action Laramie and his partner Jeremy Carney from NWOSU were able to get a time of 17.4 with penalties, which gave them a 4th place finish in the round and the average.
Denton Halford and partner Riley Wakefield of NWOSU were able to stop the clock with a 6.8 in the first round of competition splitting 4th and 5th place. The team came back and had some tough luck going out of the average with a no time ending the weekend in 7th position.
Dalton Titsworth and Kolton White were able to keep the ball rolling after coming off a first place win at CCC. Dalton and Kolton were able to stop the clock with a 6.8 splitting a 4th and 5th place finish. Dalton and Kolton came back and improved their time to a 5.4 giving them first place in the finals and winning the average for the weekend. They are able to secure the team roping central plains leader board after winning first place at the first two competitions.
Will Martin put together a bareback ride of 77 points in the first round of competition. The 77 score gave Will 1st place in the long round of competition. Will came back and was able to improve his score to 80 points giving him the finals win and the bareback championship title.
The Savage Storm Rodeo Team will be back in action at Oklahoma State University October 11-13 in Stillwater, Okla.