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Williams wins National Rodeo Championship, Two WC Cowboys finish in Top 10

Landon WIlliams.

A former Weatherford College rodeo athlete won the men’s All-Around national championship Saturday night at the College National Finals Rodeo.

Landon Williams, now at Tarleton State, won the title in Saturday night's finals in Casper, Wyoming.

Williams finished with 445 points, 150 more than his second-place competitor. 280 of his points came from winning the national title in tie down roping, with the rest earned from a sixth place finish in team roping, paired with current WC student Casey Tew.

“I am so proud of Landon,” said Johnny Emmons, Head Rodeo Coach at WC and Williams’ coach from 2012 to 2014. “To see him win two national titles in his senior year is one of the proudest moments of my coaching career.”

Williams, a Midland native, led his Tarleton team to the national team championship, their seventh CNFR team title.
 CNFR Qualifiers - Tew, Harmon, Cooke
After a 6.4 opening night score and an 11.1 in the second round, Tew and Williams had the best team roping time of the rodeo in the third round with a 4.7.  

“Casey and Landon were outstanding,” Emmons said. “Landon roped one foot in the second round which kept them from being number one going into the finals, instead they were four seconds behind. Casey tried to make up some time in the finals and it didn’t work out, but they gave it everything they had.”

WC steer wrestler and Stephenville resident Coledon Harmon won eighth place, turning in times of 7.6, 6.5 and 9.1 to advance to the finals.

Seth Cooke, a Weatherford High School graduate, finished 15th in tie down roping. Cooke’s scores were 12.2, 16.7 and 16.0.

WC’s Aaron Macy (Post, Texas) and Wesley Thorp of Ranger College finished 24th in team roping.

“Casey, Aaron and Coledon all won points, and Seth was right on the bubble all week,” Emmons said. “All four of our guys represented us well and were very competitive. It was another great year in Casper.”