Walla Walla Community College cowboys second at College National Finals Rodeo

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CASPER, Wyo. - Bo Segerman finally lasted eight seconds on his third and final saddle bronc ride here Wednesday at the College National Finals Rodeo.

The Walla Walla Community College cowboy from Touchet posted a score of 73 in the third go-around and was sitting third in the round with another 22 riders still awaiting their third bronc.

Tyrel Larsen of Southwest Oklahoma leads the round and the average and Jeremy Melancon of Sam Houston State was holding down second place in both. Larsen scored a 75 on his third saddle bronc and was 222 on three rides. Melancon scored 74 1/2 his third time out of the bucking chute for a 218 1/2 total.

With 11 cowboys already making at least two successful rides, Segerman is out of the running to make Saturday night's finals.

WWCC's Bryce Palmer and Jake Minor continue to lead the way in the team roping, and Palmer is still on top in the men's all-around standings. The Palmer-Minor duo is 17.4 on three head, with Jonathan and Joshua Torres of McNeese State sitting second at 18 seconds flat.

Palmer-Minor and the Torres duo are the only sets of team ropers to catch all three of their steers so far. There are 18 pairs remaining who have scored in the first two rounds.

Palmer is also holding down second place in the tie-down roping average with a time of 29 seconds on three runs. Chant DeForest of Western Oklahoma State leads the calf ropers with 28.1 on three head.

Walla Walla's Mitch Dove slipped from fourth place to fifth in the calf roping average with 32.1 seconds on three head. His 10.4 time is good for 10th place in the third go-around and he remains in position to make Saturday's short go.

In the steer wrestling event, Touchet product Taylor Gregg, competing for Washington State University, bulldogged his third steer in 5.7 seconds Wednesday. He's sitting sixth in the round, and his 27.4 time on three is 13th, which means he's out of the running for the finals.

In women's competition, Walla Walla's Brittney Leasy is still waiting for her third run in breakaway roping as is Rachel Richards in goat tying. Leasy is 6.9 seconds on her first two runs, and only three of 27 contestants have caught all three of their steers with about half the field remaining. Richards is 13.7 after two rounds in goat tying and will have to be at least 9.1 seconds on her third goat to move into the top 10 and make the finals.

Sam Houston State moved into the men's team lead Wednesday with 520 points. Walla Walla, which held the top spot going into the day, is now second with 415 points and Montana State is third with 320.

Texas Tech-Lubbock holds the women's team lead with 278 1/3 points. Walla Walla is ninth with 115 points and Blue Mountain is tied for 14th with 85.

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