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Rodeo finals under way

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By The Staff

Updates on New Mexico Highlands University athletes competing in the College National Finals Rodeo, being held through Saturday in Casper, Wyo.:

• Outgoing NMHU senior Sarah Zybach stood in 17th place overall in goat tying. She posted times of 7.1 seconds in the first round, 8.4 in the second and 9.5 in the third for an aggregate of 25.2. That’s not far off the pace set through three rounds by leaders Bailie Guthrie of West Texas and Jordan Thurston of Gillette (20.3).

• Highlands freshman Dixie Richards was in 41st in goat tying through two rounds but slipped to 48th after a no-score in round three. Richards had a time of 11.3 in round one but recovered with a 7.2 in round two.

• NMHU frosh Dirk Tavenner was 43rd in steer wrestling after two rounds of competition.. Tavenner’s time in round one was 8.5 seconds, but he did not score in round two.

Three regular rounds will be held, with qualifiers making the championship short go-round on Saturday.

As of press time, no information was available on NMHU bareback rider Jesse Estrada.