CASPER, Wyo. - Very rarely does a plan come together as perfectly as for Blue Mountain Comunnity College rodeo coach Ty Campbell.
In his final year coaching the team, Campbell saw four of his athletes advance to today's final round at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo.
"It's like making it to the Final 4 in basketball,"?Campbell said. "It's the real deal. There are kids here who are already pro rodeoing and doing well.
"This is my last year and the plan going in was to take both a men's and a women's team to nationals. To accomplish that and then to have four kids in the short go, it's been a good year."
R.C?Landingham is just half a point out of first place after a 78-point win in the third round.
Andy Steffen will enter the short round in ninth in tie down, posting his fastedt time in the third round with a 12.7.
"He's roped OK but he just hasn't drawn much," Campbell said. "He'll surely draw good in the short go because they bring the best back."
Campbell said that while a title might be a little out of reach for Steffen, he could see him making the top five with a good run.
Kallie Roeser enters today 12th in goat tying. She started the week fast with a 7.5 in Round 1 and a 6.9 in Round 2 but had a dissappointing 9.1 in Round 3 to lose precious ground.
"There are three or four goats that are in there that are eliminators,"?Campbell said of the short round. "Anybody that makes the short round has got a good shot."
The final Timberwolf in the short round is barrel racer Whitney Stahl, who enters in 11th. She had her fastest run in Round 3, completeing the clover leaf in 14.43 seconds and trails first-place Sierra Thomas by just .75 seonds.
Campbell said it is anybody's game and he's seen Stahl run faster this season than she has so far at the CNFR.
He said her horse is looking good too after initial concerns of how it would handle indoors, which has been exceptional.
"Her horse has been running good,"?Campbell said. "That horse of hers belongs to her mom and her mom has won a lot of money on that horse and made it to the Dodge National Finals."
As a team the BMCC?men enter the short round in 22nd place but Campbell was hopeful for a top 10 finish.
The women enter the short round in 25th place.
Walla Walla Community College's Rob Webb is second in the men's all around to Western Texas College's Jake Wright, who has a 55 point lead.
University of Wyoming's Nikki Steffes leads the women's all around by 60 points.
Western Texas leads the men's field with 430 points, but eight-plac Walla Walla is in postion to possibly defend their team title with 295 points and two finalists.