By Evan Ren
Killeen Daily Herald
LAMPASAS Everything went right for Stephenville steer wrestler Randall Robertson on Saturday, and thats usually what it takes to win.
Robertson, who took first place with a 4.7-second time at the Lampasas Riata Roundup, got an excellent start, an excellent haze, and tackled his bovine 0.4 seconds ahead second-place Ryan Collison of Victoria.
Youve got to get a good start and get a good steer, said Robertson, who finished only five points short of qualifying for this years NCAA National Finals with the Tarletson State team. After that, youve got to move quick and be able to think on your toes.
Riding a 12-year-old horse named Sparky at Little Bear Ranch Arena, Robertson outclocked West Monroes Will Scoggins (third, 5.3) and Stephenvilles Steven Catalini (fourth, 7.5) as well.
In other action, Josh Parks Friday score of 81 points on board Cookie Monster held firm for first place in the bull riding. Michael McCorkel of Kempner, Hebro Foato of Stephenville and Decaturs Clint Bodson, all of whom rode on Friday night, finished second at 74.
National Finals Rodeo bulls Western Hauler and Mr. Transmission both made appearances, with Western Hauler dumping Jody Johnson of Waco and Transmission dropping Cole Smith. Lampasas riders Kevin Harris and Daniel Phillips both failed to register a time.
Andersons Joel Ragsdale took first in the saddle bronc with a Friday score of 80. He was followed by Justin Browning of Stephenville at 78 and David Sanford (Hayes, La.) at 72.
Dustin Specht of George West won the calf roping, with an 8.4-second run recorded during slack. Lipans Randall Carlisle took finished second with a Friday time of 8.6, followed by Monte Eakin of Statton (slack, 8.7).
In team roping, the Brashear team of Cody Odell (header) and Brett Gould finished in a first-place tie with Rowdy Reiken (header) and Twister Cain of Gonzales at 4.6. Reiken also earned a share of third place, timing a 4.7 with Ryan Motes of Weatherford. Jake Brown of Stephenville (header) and Blaine Vick of Breckenridge notched a 4.7 as well.
In womens competition, Janna Riley of Pace took over first place with a time of 17.21. Mandi Burden of Rosebud and Samantha Lyne of Cotulla tied for second at 17.4, Karen Smith of Stephenville was third at 17.5.
Tibba Smith of Stephenville was the winner in breakaway, notching a 2.1-second time during slack. Big Springs Jennifer Driver (Friday, 2.2) took second, while Lara Dee Guy (Abilene, slack, 2.4) and Stacie Sorenson (Elma, slack, 2.4) finished third.
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