PENDLETON - An arena record almost fell in team roping Thursday and the times quickened in barrel racing, but solid times were slim in calf roping and steer roping.
After a handful of team ropers caught just one leg and picked up five-second penalties, Shain Sproul of Benson, Ariz., and his partner Kinney Harrel of Brady, Texas, roped their calf in 5.1 seconds.
"It wasn't a very good day in team roping, but we were able to get one down pretty quick," said Harrel, whose time came close to the arena record of 5.0 set in 1999 by Jake Barnes and Boogie Ray. "We didn't do very well in the first round, so we won't be in the short-go."
The fast run couldn't have come at a better time for the tandem as the two locked up a spot in the Pace Picante Tour Finals, which will held in Omaha, Neb., beginning Thursday and running through Sept. 25.
Pendleton is the final stop of the tour, and the top 12 point leaders in each event advance to Omaha.
"This was well-needed," Harrel said. "We were down there in the tour standings, but this should put us in the finals."
Texas cowboy David Motes and his partner Zane Bruce of Jordan Valley finished with a time of 6.1.
Defending world all-around champion Trevor Brazile of Decatur, Texas, and Wayne Folmer of Stephenville, Texas, led the first round with a time of 5.5 and clocked in at 12.0 Thursday.
Not much changed in calf roping, as the fastest time of the day was 15.4 seconds turned in by Hermiston's Curtis Pederson. Trevor Knowles of Mount Vernon had his calf tied in 9.8 seconds, but the calf jumped up in 5.66 seconds, adding a five-second penalty for not staying down for six seconds.
Ryan Jarrett of Summerville, Ga., leads the overall calf roping standings with a combined time of 20.0 and Oklahoma cowboy Blair Burk holds second with a time of 20.4.
B.J. Taruscio of Walla Walla had the fastest steer wrestling time of the main event Wednesday with a run of 4.9 and Oklahoma cowboy Stockton Graves turned his steer in 6.1.
Brad Gleason of Touchet, Wash., had a time of 6.8 and Stanfield cowboy Travis Carnine posted a 7.1.
Wyoming cowboy Randy Suhn leads steer wrestling with a combined time of 11.0 seconds. Knowles turned his steer in 5.9 seconds in the slack performance Wednesday and holds second place in the overall standings with a time of 11.6.
Terri Kirland of Billings, Mont., moved into second place overall in barrel racing with a time of 28.47 seconds in the main event. Montana cowgirl Molly Powell moved into third overall with a run of 28.57.
Jolee Lautaret of Kingman, Ariz., is the overall leader in barrel racing with a time of 28.43.
Dave Inman of Colfax, Wash., was the only steer roper to record a time with a run of 21.3 seconds. Mike Beers of Powell Butte leads team roping with a time of 26.7 on two head.