The national rodeo circuit is keeping James Arnold busy.
The Madisonville High School graduate has been touring the country competing in team roping.
Among his recent efforts, he and Charly Crawford were third in the team roping average at a Deadwood, S.D., event during late July. They earned $2,341, according to the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. They tied for fifth in the second round to collect $735.
He teamed with Crawford to place second at a Steamboat Springs, Colo., rodeo, where they earned $846.
Arnold's performance has placed him among the leaders in multiple standings.
As of Aug. 2, he led the team roping heelers in the PRCA Resistol Rookie standings with $20,888.53 in earnings, the PRCA online site showed. He ranked 14th in the Texas Circuit standings with $5,981.45 in earnings and was 34th on the All-American Tour, taking home $8,321.87.
During June he was a top scorer for Sam Houston State University at the College National Finals Rodeo. He scored 80 points, as did teammate Mason Boettcher, in team roping for the men, who finished 20th among 56 teams. Arnold and Boettcher were the third go-round winners.
Joey McIver is a freshman offensive lineman for Sul Ross State University. He competed for Madisonville.
Junior Logan Young will compete for University of Houston. The Normangee High product was named by the Golf Coaches Association of America to the PING All-America first team last year, his second playing for Concordia University Texas.
Sam Bennett is a freshman for Texas A & M University. He played for the Mustangs.
Women's track and field
Formerly at Normangee, pole vaulter Audrey Acord signed to compete for Tarleton State University.
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