Two Athletes set Fastest Times for RODEOHOUSTON® 2018 During Wild Card Round


Posted on Friday, March 16, 2018 in Latest News, Latest News RSS, Homepage - Featured News

Two Athletes set Fastest Times for RODEOHOUSTON® 2018 During Wild Card Round

Times were fast and the competition was tough during the RODEOHOUSTON Wild Card Round, Friday, March 16. After tonight, the final 16 cowboys and cowgirls advanced to the RODEOHOUSTON Super Series Championship set for March 17.


TIE-DOWN ROPING

JC Malone of Plain City, Utah, advanced to the RODEOHOUSTON Super Series Championship in Tie-Down Roping after having the fastest time in the Wild Card Round with a time of 8.2 seconds. Malone said he is thankful to compete here at RODEOHOUSTON.


“I’ve always wanted to be here,” Malone said. “So, it’s [advancing to the Championship] a dream come true.”


Advancing to the Championship Round:
  • JC Malone: Plain City, Utah — $6,000
  • Caleb Smidt: Bellville, Texas — $9,000

BAREBACK RIDING

Kaycee Feild of Genola, Utah, advanced to the RODEOHOUSTON Super Series Championship with an 86-point ride in the Bareback Riding Wild Card Round. He has won RODEOHOUSTON four times already, and said he’ll be riding strong tomorrow night.


“It would be icing on the cake to win again,” Feild said. “To win five times would be amazing.”


Advancing to the Championship Round:
  • Kaycee Feild: Genola, Utah — $7,500
  • Clint Laye: Pocatello, Idaho — $7,250

TEAM ROPING

Cody Snow and Wesley Thorp, both of Stephenville, Texas, had the fastest time in the Team Roping during the Super Series Wild Card Round, and secured a spot in the Championship with a time of 4.8 seconds.


Advancing to the Championship Round:
  • Cody Snow: Stephenville, Texas, and Wesley Thorp: Stephenville, Texas — $13,500
  • Matt Sherwood: Pima, Arizona, and Walt Woodard: Stephenville, Texas — $12,000

SADDLE BRONC RIDING

Zeke Thurston of Big Valley, Alberta, Canada, advanced to the Super Series Championship after an 87-point ride in the Saddle Bronc Riding during the Super Series Wild Card Round. Thurston said he used to eat, breathe, and sleep Rodeo as a kid, and he’s used to high pressure situations.


“Do what you can [to] control [your nerves], let it all hang out, and do what you can,” he said.


Advancing to the Championship Round:
  • Zeke Thurston: Big Valley, Alberta, Canada — $7,375
  • Jade Blackwell: Piedmont, South Dakota — $4,750

STEER WRESTLING

One-tenth of a second separated the two steer wrestlers advancing to the RODEOHOUSTON Championship after tonight’s Wild Card Round. Ty Erickson, of Helena, Montana, came out on top with a time of 3.8 seconds, the fastest run in Steer Wrestling during RODEOHOUSTON 2018.


“It’s never easy to make it on a short run in Helena or Houston, but it feels good knowing you can be at RODEOHOUSTON and make a run like that,” he said.


Advancing to the Championship Round:
  • Ty Erickson: Helena, Montana — $6,000
  • Scott Guenthner: Provost, Alberta, Canada — $6,000

BARREL RACING

Kelly Bruner of Millsap, Texas, won the Wild Card Round in Barrel Racing with a time of 14.54 seconds — the fastest time in this event so far at RODEOHOUSTON 2018.


Advancing to the Championship Round:
  • Kelly Bruner: Millsap, Texas — $6,000
  • Sabra O’Quinn: Ocala, Florida — $6,000

BULL RIDING

Bull rider Jeff Askey of Eustace, Texas, scored an 86-point ride tonight. He is one of two bull riders who earned a time in the Wild Card Round, and advances to the RODEOHOUSTON Championship with Cole Melancon of Hull, Texas. Melancon received a score of 80 in the Wild Card.


Advancing to the Championship Round:
  • Jeff Askey: Eustace, Texas — $5,875
  • Cole Melancon: Hull, Texas — $6,000

The top two from each event in the Wild Card advanced to the RODEOHOUSTON Super Series Championship, Saturday, March 17. Each event champion will walk away with a $50,000 payout, in addition to previous winnings. The RODEOHOUSTON Super Shootout: North America’s Champions® presented by Crown Royal, will conclude the RODEOHOUSTON events on Sunday, March 18.


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