Las Vegan J.C. Archuleta and partner Ryan Cook of Belen finished their first round of competition at the National High School Rodeo Association Finals in sixth place among team ropers.
The national finals continue through the end of the week in Farmington.
Archuleta and Cook posted a time of 7.961 seconds, less than nine-tenths of a second behind fifth-place Colton Redmond and Andrew Yates, a Mississippi duo. Ty Erickson and Dalton Tamcke, both of Montana, lead the standings with a 6.275.
Dozens of teams are vying for the team roping championship.