JOHN?DAY — The Intermountain high school rodeo team left John Day last weekend with five first-place performances and a slew of top-tier finishes between Rodeos 1 and 2.

Stanfield freshman Kaci Kamm took top honors in two events at Rodeo 1. She won in barrel racing (17.887 seconds) and pole bending (20.580 seconds), adding to her 2010-11 all-around cowgirl lead. 

Kamm has totaled 219 points on the season and leads Hermiston senior Callahan Crossley by 53 for the all-around title. The freshman is dominating the rookie all-around, holding an 85-point lead over Heppner’s Blake Greenup. She also placed third in goat tying at Rodeo 1. 

Intermountain competitors swept first through fourth place in steer wrestling at Rodeo 1. Willy Gentry of Heppner took the title, bulldogging his steer in 4.35 seconds. Dalton Massey (4.56) took second place, Austin?Lindstrom third (5.01) and Devin Robinson fourth in?5.28 seconds.

Tie-down roper Pake Sorey was the only other Intermountain competitor to win a Rodeo 1 event, clocking in at 10.88 seconds. Hermiston senior Fabian Scotto took fourth place in 12.41. 

Sid Britt finished second in the bull riding with a score of 64 at Rodeo 1. He was one of two competitors to post a score.

Competing atop two inches of standing water on Sunday, Lindstrom emerged as steer wrestling champion in Rodeo 2. His 4.74-second run bested Robinson, who took third in 6.38. 

With no other Intermountain champions at Rodeo 2, Cain Smith scored 68 for second place in bull riding. Emily Sorey took third in barrel racing in 18.574 seconds. 

Last year’s all-around cowboy winner, Koty Kamm of Stanfield placed fourth in tie-down roping in Rodeo 2. With 164 points, he sits in second place and trails T.J. McCauley (204) for this year’s crown. 

Also placing fourth at Rodeo 2 was Chelsea Guthmiller in goat tying (8.92 seconds), who edged Kaci Kamm by 0.21 seconds. Brothers Johnny and Michael Pederson finished fourth in team roping (7.07 seconds). 

Atop muddy ground, Heppner senior Taighler Dougherty was the fifth-place cowgirl at Rodeo 2 in pole bending. She clocked in at 22.754 seconds. 

The Intermountain team was scheduled to compete in Baker City for a double rodeo starting on May 28. That rodeo has been cancelled due to inclement weather and an EHV-1 equine herpesvirus outbreak.

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