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Blankenship leads bull riding after 1st round

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. -- After coming away with the North Dakota High School Finals Rodeo bull riding championship, Killdeer's Riley Blankenship didn't skip a beat at the national scene.

Blankenship scored a 79 on his first performance to maintain his top spot in bull riding after Monday evening's performance at the National High School Finals Rodeo.

The Killdeer cowboy leads Jake Gowdy of Bristow, Okla. by three points. Blankenship scored his 79 in Sunday evening's performance.

For the cowgirls, Kit Miller of Amidon took third in the first round of goat tying on Sunday and currently is in ninth place after two days. She finished the event in 8.58 seconds, which was .66 seconds off of the leader as of Monday.

Watford City's Sam Jorgenson is in a tie for seventh in girls cutting after scoring 140 points on Sunday. Also from Watford City, Sadie Kieson scored 138 points in the event to finish in a tie for 14th.

Jorgenson also snuck into the top 25 for pole bending after clocking in at 30.84 seconds on Monday. After ending Sunday night with 160 overall points, she was in a four-way draw for ninth best overall cowgirl, but she dropped down the standings after Monday.

Lakken Bice went 21st in Monday night's round of pole bending. The cowgirl from Killdeer stopped the clock at 26.701, which was over six seconds behind the current leader in the event.

The team roping duo of Layton Bohlman and Ryder Bohlman, two Richardton cowboys, sit in the seventh spot with a time of 9.79. Dickinson's Boyd Stroh finished with 44 points in his opening ride of saddle bronc riding. He currently sits in ninth place. On the opening day, the NHSFR didn't have any scored rides in saddle bronc riding. Wyatt Bice of Killdeer is currently 22nd in tie-down roping with a time of 19.71.