GUTHRIE, Okla. – Marcus Theriot has been inside the Lazy E Arena for all the excitement that comes with the CINCH Timed Event Championship.
Now 19, he was a lot younger then cheering on his dad, Herbert, who was a longtime competitor in the “Ironman of ProRodeo.” He’s seen some of the greatest finishes in the event’s 33-year history.
Lane Karney has never experienced the Timed Event live, but he’s watched countless hours through recordings. He has marveled at the talent that exists among the 20 contestants in the field.
Now both cowboys will be part of the five-round championship, set for March 3-5 at the Lazy E. They will replace the injured Morgan Grant and longtime “Ironman” contender Russell Cardoza, who will not compete because of a scheduling conflict.
“This is pretty exciting,” said Theriot of Poplarville, Miss., who this past June was crowned the all-around and tie-down roping champion at the College National Finals Rodeo, where he qualified in tie-down roping, team roping as a header and steer wrestling. “I remember all those top guys were always there, and every year I looked forward to Dad going.
“It means something to win that.”
Karney is a fourth-generation cowboy from Creston, Calif., who also has multiple qualifications to the college finals. In June, he helped Feather River (Calif.) College win the men’s team title and has plenty of other credentials to his name. In fact, he was the 2015 PRCA Permit Header of the Year.
“All my heroes are guys who are part of the Timed Event,” he said.
Now he’ll be amongst his heroes while battling in one of the most unique championships in the game.