The College National Finals Rodeo got underway on Sunday in Casper, Wyoming, where a few local cowboys and cowgirls are competing to become a national champion.
In Monday’s round of slack, Pendleton native and Walla Walla Community College roper Calgary Smith and partner, Hermiston native and Blue Mountain Community College roper Cole White, won the first go in team roping with a time of 5.7 seconds. They were the only duo to break the six-second barrier.
In tie-down roping, Hermiston native Preston Pederson, representing BMCC, tied his calf in 9.9 seconds to land him in seventh place. Smith also competed and finished 21st after roping his calf in 13.5 seconds. West Hills College’s Brushton Minton won the go with a time of 8.8 seconds.
Pendleton native and Eastern Oregon University cowgirl Emily Jayne Sorey finished ninth in the first go of barrel racing as she and her horse completed the course in 14.93 seconds. Sorey’s time is less than one-half second off the first go winner, UNLV’s Taylor Rivera, with a time of 14.51.
Heppner native Kolby Currin, who came in as the No. 1-ranked bulldogger in the country for BMCC, finished tied for 25th in the first go of steer wrestling, turning his steer in 7.4 seconds. Cody Revers from Northwest Oklahoma State won the go with a time of 3.8 seconds.
Also competing for BMCC is Kaylee Aldrich in breakaway roping and Clay Hall in bull riding. Aldrich did not record a time through the first two rounds, while Hall was bucked off in both rounds of bull riding as well.
Action continues on Tuesday with slack starting at 7 a.m. and then the first performance starts at 7 p.m. at the Casper Events Center. The championship round is Saturday at 7 p.m.