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May 21, 2014

Sam Houston State exes big winners at Tops in Texas rodeo


The dust has settle, the money has been counted and the rough stock have been turned out to pasture for a well deserved mini-break following the completion of the 52nd Annual Tops In Texas PRCA Rodeo, which concluded Saturday evening at the Jacksonville Rodeo Arena.

When the final results had been tabulated, two former Sam Houston State University (SHSU) rodeo products found themselves heading to the bank with first-place checks after winning their respective divisions.

Evan Jayne, who still resides in Huntsville (the home of SHSU), was awarded a score of 82 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo's “Black Coffee” to win bragging rights in bareback riding.

Jayne earned $959 for his efforts.

The soon-to-be 32-year-old Jayne, who was born in Marseille, France, tallied his second out-right win of the season, having won the Longview PRCA Rodeo earlier this year. He also was co-champion at a PRCA rodeo in Bridgeport, Texas.

Kyle Brennecke's opening-night score of 80 was good enough for second place.

In women's barrel racing, Liz Combs, also out of SHSU, posted a time of 16.10 seconds to win first place, and a $1,331 check.

Jana Riley's 16.23 was second best fro the weekend.

Speaking of the weekend, Combs, who won two College National Finals Rodeo titles while at SHSU, possibly enjoyed one of the best weekends of her young career as she placed fifth in a rodeo in Carthage and eighth at the Santa Rosa County Rodeo in Vernon, Texas.

Not bad for a young lady who was severely injured when her horse spooked at the Reno Rodeo last year.

Combs fractured her skull and was in ICU for nearly a week.

She has rebounded well in 2014 having also won the Lakeside Rodeo in the San Diego area earlier this year, where she had the fastest time of the nearly-90 competitors.

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