ROCK SPRINGS – Wheatland High School rodeo competitors placed high yet again during the second week of the spring rodeo season.
The Sweetwater County High School Rodeo last weekend drew competitors from all over Wyoming, Nebraska, South Dakota and Colorado.
On Saturday, Chloe Ashenhurst placed sixth in pole bending with a 21.718 time. Lexi Horbold was two places and a fraction of a second behind with a 21.942 time.
Teagen Finnerty was second in calf roping with a 12.09 time. In breakaway roping, Teague Crane came away with a 3.74 time and seventh place finish.
During Sunday’s events, Chloe Ashenhurst improved her time in pole bending to 21.571, but remained in sixth place. Jhett Hadley was eighth in calf roping on Sunday with a 13.69 time. Teigen Finnerty took Wheatland’s second and final second-place finish of the weekend in steer wrestling, clocking a 5.59 attempt.
In team roping, Crane and Cahill Ellenwood were sixth with a 13.87 finish. This is an improvement from last week’s team roping placement, in which Finnerty and Gerrett Murphy placed seventh at 14.31 during the season opener in Laramie last week.
In top fours around the region, according to the latest WyoPreps listings, Ashenhurst sits in third at the end of the Laramie rodeo with 42 points, four away from the top spot currently occupied by Teal Stoll of Pavillion. Hadley joins Sundance’s Trace Steele on top of the team roping top four. Meanwhile, in bull riding, Hunter Eller is caught in a three-way tie for fourth with 10 points, hoping to pull ahead of Mike Schulz of Cheyenne and Drew Antone of Kinnear.
At the end of the season, the top four cowboys or cowgirls in each event will be invited to the High School National Finals Rodeo, held in Rock Springs this July.
This weekend, high school rodeo competitors head to Sublette County High School in Big Piney. Performances start at 7 p.m. Friday for rough stock. Saturday and Sunday’s events kick off at 9 a.m. for timed events.