CASPER, Wyo. - Of the nine Blue Mountain Community College rodeo team members who made the trip to Casper, Wyo., for the College National Finals Rodeo, Stanfield's Jonie Nash was the only contestant on track to reach the short round Sunday.

BMCC coach Tygh Campbell said, "it's been kind of a slow week."

Through the second of three rounds that preceded the short-go, Nash was 28.9 seconds total on two barrel racing trips and in solid position to make the final 12.

Campbell said Friday afternoon that he expected Nash to reach the short-go, so long as she had a penalty free run Friday night.

She had a first round time of 14.58 and a second round time of 14.31. Kasey Bruce, of Homedale, Idaho, claimed the Northwest Region championship in barrel racing and had a first round time of 14.37 at the CNFR, but knocked over a barrel in her second run.

Hermiston's Lacey Mespelt had a 2.8 in the second round for eighth place, but a no-time in the first go.

After the second round, BMCC's women's team was 31st in the team standings with 15 points. The Timberwolves were 35th in the 55 team race with 67.5 points.

Tony Green, of Madras, won the regional calf roping title and also qualified in team roping for the CNFR. Green was fourth in the third round for BMCC, but did missed a catch earlier in the rodeo and will not advance to the short-go.

He is fifth in the all-around cowboy national standings. Regional champion saddle bronc rider Dwight Osborne, of Mt. Vernon, failed to mark his first mount and was bucked off in the second round.

Kass Kayser, of Ellensburg, Wash., made a strong push in calf roping for BMCC with runs of 11.2 and 11.3, but his third calf got up too soon after a 10..2 second tie.


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