Tarleton State University breakaway roper Baili Collins turned in a 7.2 time Monday, but other rodeo team members had a tough time in competition at the annual College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo.
Collins, making her fifth appearance at the CNFR, is in 23rd place after one go-round, but trails first-place Emmalee Dubois of Utah Valley University by less than a second.
Regional champion tie-down roper Kyle Parrish posted a 16.2 time and Tarleton teammate Wyatt Williams finished with a 23.5. The event leader is Brushton Minton of West Hills College, who flashed an impressive 8.8 on his calf Monday. Tarleton team roper Ky Bray got a no-score on his first head Monday.
But there’s good news.
All four ropers still have two go-rounds to improve their standings, beginning today when all eight Tarleton qualifiers will be in action.
Tyler Berghuis, who heads into today’s round in third place in bareback riding, has two rides scheduled, one in morning slack and another in tonight’s performance. Likewise, Parrish gets to rope twice today.
Also appearing today for Tarleton are saddle bronc rider Brody Cress, bareback rider Linden Woods and breakaway roper Rylee Jo Dick.
The CNFR continues all week. Championship finals take place Saturday.