HUTCHINSON, Kan.—With the annual State Finals Rodeo in Hutchinson, many high school athletes looked to cap off a season of tough competition, while others were looking to build some momentum going to the National Finals Rodeo in Wyoming.
If one thing was for sure, it was the bulls were rank. In the short go, no cowboys stayed on for the full eight seconds. Kyle Zeigler from Atwood averaged a 71 in the other two rounds.
Saddle bronc had some tense moments with cowboys showing rodeo toughness. Lane Hamm from Minneapolis was the only rider to stay on for the eight, but took a hard slam in his effort to just make the time. For the fall, he posted a score of 66. Meade’s Dylan Bolton took a hard fall to start the event, and Clayton Cossairt from Columbus fell in front in front of the bronc when his boot got caught in the stirrup. All of the riders got up under their own power and were ok.
Colton Delgado from Great Bend owned the night in bareback riding, staying on for a 66 to win the short go. Jacob Willems completed a ride as well, getting the Windom cowboy a score of 47.
In breakaway roping, hometown cowgirl Brandi Hollenbeck from Hutchinson did what she does best. The defending National Champion showed the fairgrounds why she is the best in the country, roping her calf in a blistering 2.461 seconds to post the low score. Taige Trent from Burrton went low as well, posting a 2.771 for second.
Oklahoma cowboy Canyon Randolph edged out Humboldt’s Trey Johnson to win the short go in the calf roping. Randolph tied his calf up in 11.167 seconds, just enough to nip Johnson’s 11.323.
Paige Wiseman took the top spot for the cowgirls in the goat tying. The Paola cowgirl tied up her goat in 7.887, the only sub eight second time. Stacey Bailey from Oklahoma came up just a little short with a quick 8.037 for second.
Laine Herl from Goodland manhandled his steer to bulldog it in an unreal 4.543 seconds, nearly two full seconds faster than both the third and second place finishers in the steer wrestling event. Laramie Moore from Bucklin had the second best time at 6.142. Meriden’s Jarek Van Petten was close behind Moore at 6.363.
Pole bending was taken down by Ensign cowgirl Peyton Mentzer, who went low with a 21.585 to win the short go. Shelby Bryant from Hope took second with a 21.618 and Topeka’s Natalie Davis picked up third with a 21.799.
The Plains, Kan. duo of Ben and Nathan Johnsrud picked up a win in the team roping, edging Colorado’s Austin Crist and Trevor Kirchenschlager by a tenth of a second. The Johnsrud’s stopped the clock at 7.513 with Crist and Kirchenschlager coming in at 7.621.
Hanna Holland from Bucyrus won barrel racing by exactly a tenth of a second in the short go with a time of 14.686. The trip was good enough to squeak by Shannon Laclef from Leon who came in second with a time of 14.786 seconds. Paige Wiseman had a third place finish to go with her goat-tying first at 14.872, just beating out Latisha Simon from Mankato who had a 14.877.