Locals advance to final round of CHSRA
Bodie Kruse advanced to the final round in team roping. Bishop bareback rider Chase Bowen is also a finalist.
By Friday morning, two Bishop competitors were still in the running for the National High School Rodeo finals.
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After the first and second go in the CHSRA state finals at Tri-County Fairgrounds, Chase Bowen and Bodie Kruse were eligible for the final short go Friday evening. Results from last nightâ€™s competition will determine who advances to nationals.
Kruse and partner Timothy Robison have a combined time of 45.86 in team roping. Fifteen teams competed last night to choose the five headed to Gillette, Wyo. July 17-23.
Bareback rider Chase Bowen scored a 67 in both his rides. He and 2010 national champion Casey Meroshnekoff were the only two riders to hang on for the required 8 seconds.
The other two Bishop athletes fell short of the cut.
Emily Cleland, competing in goat tying, improved her time by more than 2 seconds in her second go. But, her combined time in the event was too high to advance.
Haley Oney was just short of the cut-off in barrel racing with a combined time of 37.501. Oneyâ€™s second go in pole bending was nearly a second faster than her first, but short of the mark.
(Note: Thursdayâ€™s story incorrectly identified the national bareback champion as Colton Onyett.)