Oklahoma Panhandle State University
Aggies Prepare for Round Three at CNFR Laura Nelson on 06/12/2012 Casper, Wyo.—The ups and downs continued Tuesday as the second round action at the College National Finals Rodeo was completed during slack in the Casper Events Center, and the student athletes from Oklahoma Panhandle State Univ. are staying right in the thick of the competition.
Axtell, Utah native and saddle bronc rider Allen Boore posted a 75-point ride on Harry Vold's Eclipse, earning him third place in the round and putting him in a tie for third in the aggregate scoring with 151 points. OPSU alum Tyrel Larsen trails him by just four points in the combined scoring with 147 points, and both young men are well on their way to making an appearance in the final round Saturday night.
Weston Taylor took his second round steer down in 6.4 seconds, giving him 12.3 seconds on two head. He currently sits 11th in the average in the steer wrestling and will need to remain consistent in round three to get a fourth run in the short round.
Joe Frost received another low score in the bareback riding, earning only 55.5 points, giving him 102.5 points total and putting him 22nd in the average. Tough luck continued in the bull riding for the freshman cowboy from Randlett, Utah as he only lasted about 4 seconds on Southwick's Ironsides for his second no score in that event.
For the rest of the OPSU team members in the combined scoring after round two, Wyatt Gregg is fourth in bull riding even though he did not make a qualified ride in round two. He scored 82 points on his first bull, and only two cowboys in the field of 37 boast two qualified rides and only 15 have one qualified ride going into round three. Justin Hegwer is tied for ninth in the saddle bronc riding. Kaylee Moyer is 16th in breakaway roping, but her round two goat got up, giving her a no score that takes her out of the average race in that event.
With the two long days of slack competition behind them, contestants have the opportunity to rest a little and prepare for the third round. Each student competes during one of the nightly performances which run Tuesday through Friday. The top twelve in the combined scoring in each event qualify for the big show Saturday night and expectations are high for several Aggies to make it back for the championship round.