KLAMATH FALLS - The Intermountain high school rodeo team will compete at the Oregon High School Rodeo Association Finals, today through Sunday in Klamath Falls.
Contestants must qualify in the top 20 of the regular season standings to compete in the state finals. The top four in each event after the Oregon finals will advance to the National High School Rodeo Association Finals held at Cam-Plex in Gillete, Wyo., July 19-25.
"We're excited and we have several kids that have good chances of qualifying for nationals," said Intermountain high school rodeo team advisor Jim Bossworth.
In bareback riding, Zach Compton leads the standings with 67 points heading into the Oregon finals, while Drew Guthmiller sits sixth in saddle bronc riding and third in bull riding with 49 points.
"Drew has been riding pretty good and has good shot at nationals if he can draw good," Bossworth said.
Jordan Crossley qualified for the breakaway event and trails the leader Gow Bailey by just three points entering the Oregon finals. Crossley sits in third place in barrel racing with 53 points and also qualified for pole bending in the No. 7 spot with 33 points. Hailey Davis will compete the breakaway competition as well, entering the finals in the No. 10 spot and enters the barrel racing competition in the No. 16 spot. Chase Taylor enters the tie-down roping competition as the No. 2 tie-down roper with 66 points, trailing Roger Nonella by four points. Ryan Bothum is in a three-way tie for sixth in tie-down roping and Andy Carlson is in a three-way tie for 12th place.
"Chase has been roping awesome all year," Bossworth said.
Taylor and his partner Buck McCay enter the team roping finals in the No. 2 spot and according to Bossworth, Taylor has a good chance to win both the team roping and the tie-down roping events.
Padden Bosworth and Carlson enter the team roping finals as the No. 7 team and Bothum and Crossley qualified in the No. 20 spot. Bothum will also compete in boys cutting, entering the finals with 23 points in the No. 8 spot. Dusty Rosenburg will represent the Intermountain squad in steer wrestling, qualifying in the No. 11 spot with 28 points. Davis and Charly Gill have both qualified for the finals in goat tying in the No. 17 and No. 20 spots respectively.
The cutting will begin today and the main go-rounds start Thursday.