Barrington wins CNFR 2nd round of bareback riding

CASPER, Wyoming – The roughstock riders from Nevada made a big impact on the scoreboard and with their spurs during the second round of the College National Finals Rodeo.

Anthony Barrington

Elko product and College of Southern Idaho competitor Anthony Barrington placed himself in a solid position in the bareback riding average, posting a two-head total of 150.5 points, thanks in large part to consistency and a 76.5-point score on his second horse – winning the go-round.

Before the Wednesday night performance, the riders who had covered two horses and were waiting to climb aboard their third for the remainder of the week, Barrington ranked second with his two-horse total – trailing only Sam Houston State University cowboy Lane McGehee’s two-horse mark of 153.5 by three points.

McGehee was scheduled to board his third horse Wednesday night and look to overtake the average lead of 222.5 points on three horses set by University of Montana Western man Tristan Hansen.

Luke Logan

Barrington’s CSI teammate, Luke Logan of Paradise Valley, also found his mojo in the second go-round after receiving a no-score on his first horse.

Logan scratched his second horse for 74.5 points, edging Panhandle State University cowboy Jake Finlay’s 74-point effort.

Both Barrington and Logan will ride their third animals during the Thursday night performance.

Kayla Norcutt

Competing for hometown Western Nevada College, Fallon cowgirl Kayla Norcutt is in a good spot in the breakaway roping.

After a time of 3.0 in the first round, Norcutt shortened things up and roped her second calf in 2.5 seconds – giving her a two-head total of 5.5 seconds – ranking third among ropers who have chased two animals and were awaiting their third runs.

As of Wednesday morning, a three-head time of 9.6 seconds by Teague Crane of Colorado Northwest Community College led the average before the Wednesday night performance.

Norcutt will rope her third calf Friday night in the final performance before the short-round, knowing exactly what she will need to do on her third run to place herself in a favorable position for Saturday’s top-12 final round.

Unfortunately, after turning in a solid run of 6.5 seconds in the first round of the goat tying, Norcutt sputtered and took two no-times in the second and third rounds.

Mitch Pollock

CSI cowboy and Winnemucca native Mitch Pollock has knocked down two qualified rides in the saddle bronc, marking scores of 70 (tied for ninth in the first round) and 69 points (tied for eighth in the second round).

Pollock’s total of 139 points ranked fifth out of the riders who have scored on two horses and await their third entering the Wednesday night performance and eighth in the overall average, considering the riders who have boarded three horses already.

As of Wednesday morning, only one man, Logan Cook of Panola College, had covered three horses – marking 210.5 points.

Pollock will mount his final horse before the short-go during the Thursday night performance.

Sydney Howard

Fallon’s Sydney Howard, who rodeos for Western Nevada College, split sixth in the second of the goat tying with a time of 6.5 seconds, trimming .7 seconds off her first-round time of 7.2.

Howard’s time of 13.7 seconds ranks 13th in the event out of girls who had tied two goats and awaited their third runs as of Wednesday morning.

A similar time to her second-round run on her third goat during the Wednesday night performance could potentially move Howard into anywhere from second to fifth in the average, depending on what the other Wednesday night competitors pull off.

Six of the girls who lead Howard in the two-head average and who were also slated to tie their third goats on Wednesday night should paint a clearer picture in the hunt to for the top-12 final round.

Hayley-Dalton Estes

Cochise College and Las Vegas competitor Hayley-Dalton Estes has been consistent in the goat tying, posting times of 7.1 and 6.9 seconds for a two-head total of 14-fat.

She will likely need to tie her fastest goat of the week, barring improbable no-times by a number of athletes, to qualify for the final round.

Dalton-Estes will know what kind of a chance she has when she makes her run down the arena Friday night in the last performance of the short-go.

Rodeo is a game of inches.

After taking a no-time on her first calf in the breakaway roping, Dalton-Estes smoked through the second run like a flash of lightning.

She completed the run in 1.9 seconds but broke the barrier and resulted with a time of 11.9, the speeding ticket costing her what has been the fastest run of the entire rodeo by three-tenths of a second.

University of Montana Western cowgirl and Elko’s own Tess Turk began the week with a promising start, roping her first calf in the breakaway roping in 2.9 seconds (tying for 11th), matching her finish in the first round of the goat tying with a 6.6-second run.

Unfortunately, Turk’s second calf ran through her loop and her second goat kicked free of the tie.

She bounced back like a champ in the third round of the goat tying Tuesday night and turned in a time of 6.4 seconds, which was placing second in the round as of Wednesday morning.

Turk will complete her fourth trip to the CNFR with her third breakaway run on Thursday night, needing a blazing time and a number of misses by other ropers to have a chance for the top-12 final round.

Shaun Mentaberry

CSI saddle bronc rider Shaun Mentaberry of Winnemucca turned in a 59-point ride on his first horse and rode his second but received a no-score after not marking his horse out of the chute (placing the spurs in front of the horse’s shoulders and holding them there while the horse’s front feet come to the ground on the first jump).

Mentaberry was scheduled to ride his third horse Wednesday night, needing a virtuoso performance and buckoffs and no-scores by a large number of bronc riders to have a chance to ride a fourth horse during the short-go.

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Source : http://elkodaily.com/sports/local/barrington-wins-cnfr-nd-round-of-bareback-riding/article_b4fb3e26-2d8c-54dd-a173-e91fbe8a26a8.html

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