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Killdeer's Blankenship takes 3rd in bull riding

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ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. -- After posting the first round's top score in bull riding, Killdeer's Riley Blankenship wasn't able to repeat the same 79-point performance.

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The Killdeer cowboy scored a 67 on Saturday morning's performance.

Blankenship, who made his first appearance at the National High School Finals Rodeo, finished third in bull riding with 146 points on Saturday.

The top high school bull rider was Jess Lockwood of Volborg, Mont., posting back-to-back 78-point rides for a two-round score of 156. Dallas Rohring of Rifle, Colo., came in runner-up with a score of 154.

Boyd Stroh ended the opening round with a 44-point ride in saddle bronc riding. The Dickinson cowboy responded with a 66-point ride on Saturday to finish in a tie for sixth place. Stroh is tied at 110 points with Ricky Warren of Hudson's Hope, British Columbia.

Layton Bohlman and Ryder Bohlman finished 18th in team roping with a time of 34.21 seconds.

Lexi Kelsch of McLaughlin, S.D., who won back-to-back North Dakota High School pole bending and barrel racing titles, finished 12th during Saturday morning's pole bending performance with a time of 21.483 seconds. She didn't finish in the top 25 overall in pole bending.

Watford City's Sam Jorgenson finished 20th in breakaway roping with a time of 7.43 seconds. Alexander's Joe Nelson placed 25th in steer wrestling with an average time of 15.23 seconds.

The Killdeer cowboy scored a 67 on Saturday morning's performance.

Blankenship, who made his first appearance at the National High School Finals Rodeo, finished third in bull riding with 146 points on Saturday.

The top high school bull rider was Jess Lockwood of Volborg, Mont., posting back-to-back 78-point rides for a two-round score of 156. Dallas Rohring of Rifle, Colo., came in runner-up with a score of 154.

Boyd Stroh ended the opening round with a 44-point ride in saddle bronc riding. The Dickinson cowboy responded with a 66-point ride on Saturday to finish in a tie for sixth place. Stroh is tied at 110 points with Ricky Warren of Hudson's Hope, British Columbia.

Layton Bohlman and Ryder Bohlman finished 18th in team roping with a time of 34.21 seconds.

Lexi Kelsch of McLaughlin, S.D., who won back-to-back North Dakota High School pole bending and barrel racing titles, finished 12th during Saturday morning's pole bending performance with a time of 21.483 seconds. She didn't finish in the top 25 overall in pole bending.

Watford City's Sam Jorgenson finished 20th in breakaway roping with a time of 7.43 seconds. Alexander's Joe Nelson placed 25th in steer wrestling with an average time of 15.23 seconds.

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