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RODEO: Williams holds steady at CNFR

East Oregonian

Published on June 15, 2017 4:20PM

CASPER, Wyo. — Blue Mountain’s Danyelle Williams was bumped down to the sixth in the third round, but remained at second in the barrel racing aggregate after Wednesday performance at the College National Finals Rodeo was complete.

Williams, who was second at the CNFR in 2016, will enter the short-go on Saturday .31 seconds off the time of current leader Kailee Webb of Wyoming who has a three-round tome of 43.5 seconds.

Williams’ Blue Mountain teammate Jessica Lewis was unable to crack the top 10 with her run on Wednesday night at Casper Events Center, but did have her best time of the week with a 14.95 and is 15th in the aggregate with 45.49 in three.

Lauren Leyva was the only other member of the Blue Mountain team competing in the second performance, and she had a 9.0 in goat tying that is 21st in the round going into Thursday’s performance.

Leyva is 19th in the aggregate with 23.6 on three.

Hermiston High graduate Preston Pederson was pushed down to seventh in the tie-down aggregate, and remains sixth in the third round with a 10.0 he clocked during Tuesday’s performance.

Thursday’s night show was Williams’ chance to get into the hunt for the women’s all-around title as she was slated to compete in goat tying and team roping with BMCC’s Quinton Nyman. They entered the performance with 27.4 on two, and the event leaders were at 23.6 on three.

Results were not available by the East Oregonian press deadline.

Calvin Shaffer also competed in saddle bronc riding on Thursday. After a no-score on his second ride, Shaffer entered the round in 32nd with 68.5 on one. Logan Cook of Panola College led with 210.5 on three.

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