The opening go round of the National High School Finals Rodeo came to its conclusion following the Wednesday morning performance at Gillette, Wyoming. The top area and state highlight up to this point is in the steer wrestling competition where Stapleton’s Coy Johnston is the leader going into the 2nd go round. Johnston’s opening run came in the opening performance on Sunday night where he posted a time of 4.14 seconds. It was a time that held up through the remaining performances of the first go round. Taydon Gorsuch of Gering also had an outstanding opening performance posting a time of 4.2 which is currently third best after the first go. Spencer DeNaeyer of Seneca is in the top 15 of the bareback competition after posting an opening score of 71 which is currently tied for 11th overall. Sid Miller of Merna had a solid opening run in the tie down roping. The state champion in the event posted a time of 10.25 seconds which has him sitting 14th overall after the opening go round. Cooper Kursave of Arcadia was just one of 18 competitors who posted a qualified ride in the first go round of the bull riding at nationals. Kursave scored a 69 on his opening ride which has him tied for 16th. Other highlights for team Nebraska after the first go include Makayla Wray of Ord in the top ten of the breakaway roping. Wray is currently 6th after an opening time of 2.6 seconds. Bo Bushhousen of St. Libory is tied for 5th in the boys cutting after an opening score of 145 and Devin Konicek is tied for 14th with a 142. Leif Meidell of Harrison is tied for 20th in the saddle broncs after an opening score 66.
Team Nebraska is in the top twenty of both the girls and boys team standings after the first go round. Nebraska is currently 8th in the boys team standings, 15th in the girls standings, and 10th overall in the combined standings. Texas currently leads in all three team categories. The National Finals High School Rodeo continues through Saturday.
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