ND breakaway ropers shine
ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. -- North Dakota cowgirls did their job Thursday in the breakaway roping at the National High School Finals Rodeo.
Jordyn Schaefer of Des Lacs won Thursday morning's breakaway roping performance with a time of 2.55 seconds, giving her the second-round lead and putting her eighth rodeo's two-round average.
In the evening performance, Jamestown's Calby Hanson was second with a 2.93-second time.
McLaughlin, S.D., cowgirl Lexus Kelsch, who competes in North Dakota, is in the top 10 in the barrel racing average after a third-place time of 17.571 seconds in Thursday morning's performance.
Mandan's Logan Berg had a 54-point score in the bareback riding during the evening performance, putting him in the top 10 for the average.
Dalton Rixen's shot at Saturday's championship round took a hit when the Richardton saddle bronc rider didn't have a qualified ride in Thursday evening's performance. He is still in the top 10 in the average, however, after a 71-point ride Tuesday.
Killdeer's Wyatt Bice had a 51-point ride Thursday morning.
Halliday bull rider Camren DeCoteau's return to the NHSFR fizzled with his second non-qualified ride. DeCoteau returned to the finals after sustaining a head injury at last year's NHSFR that put him in a four-day coma.
Menoken's Billie Jo Miller was second in Wednesday night's goat-tying performance with a time of 9.17 seconds.
National High School Finals Rodeo
Thursday morning performance
Barrel racing: 3, Lexus Kelsch, McLaughlin, S.D., 17.571.
Boys cow cutting: 7, Jake Herman, Halliday, 204.
Breakaway roping: 1, Jordyn Schaefer, Des Lacs, 2.55.
Saddle bronc riding: 4, Wyatt Bice, Killdeer, 51.
Steer wrestling: 10, Justice Johnson, Bismarck, steer wrestling, 12.74.
No time/score: Camren DeCoteau, Halliday, bull riding; Chase Lako, Arthur, tie-down roping.
Thursday evening performance
Bareback riding: Logan Berg, Mandan, 54.
Breakaway roping: Calby Hanson, Jamestown, 2.93.
Girls cow cutting: 9, Mikaela Miller, Bismarck, 196.
Steer wrestling: Zach Johnson, Minnewaukan, 16.14.
Boys cow cutting: Riley Rustad, Kindred, 206.
No time/score: Dalton Rixen, Richardton, saddle bronc riding; Kelby Indergard, Sidney, Mont., and Rory Irwin, Alexander, team roping.