Sitting on a 1.6-second lead in calf roping going into today's short-go, Brad Goodrich was practically speechless.
"Boy, that's something else, isn't it?" asked Goodrich, whose 9.1-second run in calf roping Friday gave him an 18.4-second average.
The Hermiston product also finished fifth in the second go-round of steer roping and is currently the Round-Up's all-around leader. He appears in good position to become the first local cowboy to win the all-around championship since Heppner's Ron Currin, Jr. won it in 1993.
"Pendleton's always treated me real good - this is my favorite rodeo. ... I spent all year dreaming and waiting for it to show up again," he said.
Last year, he won the second go-round and placed in the average. By leading in the average, he's already topped that performance.
"I had two good calves and made two good runs, and now, I'm fortunate enough to be out in front," he said.
Ryan Jarrett of Summerville, Ga., holds second place in calf roping with a 20.0-second average. Blair Burk of Durant, Okla., is third at 20.4
Other challengers for the all-around title include Burk and Trevor Brazile of Decatur, Texas.
In steer wrestling, Spud Duvall of Checotah, Okla., won the second go-round in an even five seconds. He leads the average with a time of 10.4 seconds. Randy Suhn is second at 11.0, and Trevor Knowles is third at 11.6.
Chad Biesemeyer's run of 6.4 seconds was good for second, and Lee J. Graves finished third with a time of 6.6 seconds.
Ty Bowman and Dave Inman recorded the top time in team roping at 5.4 seconds, while Charles Pogue and Kirt Jones still sit at No. 1 in the average at 12.3 seconds.
Travis Tryan and Matt Zancanella are second at 13.4, and Jason A. Handy and Ty Reddell are third at 13.7.
A moderate rain shower and damp conditions on the infield made for a tough day in steer roping. Scott Wilson of Mead, Wash., recorded the lone time of the day, finishing in 13.5 seconds.