CASPER, Wyo. - Bryce Palmer and Jake Minor teamed up for a 5.6-second clocking to grab a share of the team roping lead in the first go-around here Monday at the College National Finals Rodeo.
The Walla Walla Community College duo are tied with Jonathan and Joshua Torres of McNeese State heading into today's third day of competition in the week-long rodeo.
Palmer and Minor enabled the Walla Wallans to snag a share of fourth place in the men's team standings as well with 150 points. Sam Houston State leads the way with 380 points, College of Southern Idaho is sitting second with 180 points and New Mexico State is third with 165.
Missouri Valley College also totaled 150 team points to share fourth place with WWCC.
Palmer also roped and tied his first calf in 9.8 seconds to hold down ninth in the first go of the tie-down roping. Jordan Ketscher of Cal-State Fresno leads the calf ropers with an 8.9 clocking.
Two other WWCC calf ropers also competed Monday. Ross O'Sullivan turned in an 11.7 time and was in 15th place and Mitch Dove clocked 12.2 and was in 18th place.
Bo Segerman, Walla Walla's only rough-stock rider at the national rodeo, was bucked off his first saddle bronc.
Washington State University's Taylor Gregg, who like Segerman and Palmer prepped at Touchet High School, bulldogged his first steer in 8 seconds flat and was in 24th place in the steer wrestling. Lane Santos-Karney of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is the leader in the bulldogging standings with a time of 3.7 seconds.
Rachel Richards and Brittany Leasy, WWCC's two qualifiers for the women's CNFR, competed in their respective events Monday.
Richards posted a time of 7.0 seconds and was in 13th place in the first round of goat tying. And Brittany Leasy turned in a 3.9 time for 47th place in the first go of breakaway roping.
Brandi Pfeifer of New Mexico State and Cassie Viertra of Tarleton State lead the first round of goat tying with identical 6.6 times.
The first round of breakaway roping is complete, with Taryn Sippel of San Diego State winning the round in 2.0 seconds. Bailey Bates of Mesalands Community College leads the second round with a 2.5 time, and Bailie Smith of Iowa Central Community College is the leader in the average at 5.7 seconds.
Mesalands leads the women's team standings with 130 points.