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Stroh moves into saddle bronc average lead

LAS VEGAS -- Halfway through the National Finals Rodeo, Dickinson saddle bronc rider Shaun Stroh is leading the saddle bronc riding average.

Stroh scored an 86-point ride on Aces Full to place fourth in the fifth round of the 10-round finale Monday at Thomas & Mack Arena. Stroh earned a payout of $7,188 for the ride.

Nonetheless, Stroh said he has to stay focused.

"There's still a lot left," he said. "Anything could happen. I sure feel like I could be riding a little better."

Stroh added he would like to win a round.

Ironically, J.J. Elshere of Quinn, S.D., won the round with an 88 on Kool Toddy, the same bronc Stroh won on during last year's fifth round.

Cody Wright and Wade Sundell tied for second with an 86.5. Stroh has a half-point lead on Wright in the average. The winner of the saddle bronc average pockets $43,954,

Elshere is second in the standings behind leader Jesse Kruse with $125,608. Kruse has $152,999. Stroh is in eight place in the money standings with $103,998.

"It's going good. It's not going great," Stroh said. "I'd darn sure like to go ahead and get one of the rounds. I guess we'll just see what happens."

Bobby Mote and Jared Smith tied for the win in the bareback riding with 88.5-point rides. Kaycee Field had an 85 to drop out of the money but stay in the average lead.

All 15 bull riders were bucked off.

Bobby Welsh of Gillette, Wyo., the bull riding average leader, came into the night as the only cowboy with four rides. He won Sunday with an 89.5 on Silent Image.

World standings leader J.W. Harris missed the third and fourth rounds because of injury but he came back Monday, only to be bucked.

Trevor Brazile and Cody Ohl tied in the tie-down roping with 7.1-second times. Ohl leads the average while the win helped Brazile, the money leader in the world standings and tie-down roping.

In steer wrestling, Lee Graves of Calgary, Alberta, held onto his world standings lead with his victory in 3.5 seconds. He had a 3.4 Sunday to move into the lead.

Riley and Brady Minor won the team roping in 3.8 seconds.

Sherry Cervi won the barrel racing with a 13.60.