State champions to be crowned today in Pocatello
POCATELLO —Securing a spot in today's short go.
That was the goal for the cowboys and cowgirls from Bingham County on Friday at the Idaho High School Rodeo Finals at the Bannock County Fairgrounds in Pocatello.
Having an average good enough to be one of the top 20 in today's finals meant that Friday's third go was everybody's last chance.
After a week with very few serious injuries the rodeo has gone of without a hitch, but District 1's R.J. Cotant went on a wild ride that left him motionless on the arena floor.
As Contant's bull barreled out of the chute he immediately spun hard to his right and flung Cotant of and face first onto the arena floor.
The bullfighters rushed to get the bull away from the motionless Cotant while a handful of people came to the aide of the injured cowboy.
After a few minutes of lying motionless on the ground Cotant sat up, then was able to get to his feet and walk off under his own power.
District 6's Dalton Petersen recorded the high score with a ride of 74.
Firth's Stetson Nielsen got the day off on a strong note for the Bingham County cowboys and cowgirls and he ran the quickest time of the third go in steer wrestling with a blistering 4.56.
Timmi Hutchings continued building her momentum for the back half of the week with her run in breakaway roping on Friday.
Prior to her run, Hutchings saw fellow District 4 cowgirl Jessica Partner lay down a time of 3.53, so she knew it was going to take her best effort to beat that time.
Hutchings ran a good time but came up .2 of a second short of besting that time when she laid down a 3.74 good enough for second on the day.
Blackfoot's Korrina Morgan set a quick time in barrel racing Friday morning with a 18.033, but District 2's Danyelle Williams set the quickest mark with a 17.860.
In Thursday's night's session the competitors had to dodge the lightening and the wind to lay down some quick times.
And as the end of the night came and the storms rolled through the Huthcings was looking to run her third quick time in barrel racing of the week.
But things were not in her favor as she ran a 28.860. District 7's Kassidy Williams set the quick time with a 17.780.
Five cowgirls ran times in the 20 second range on Thursday night in pole bending. District 5's Bailey Gough ran the fastest time with a 20.265.
Layton Wasia finished third in steer wrestling THursday night with his time of 8.24, District 7's Bubba Boots came home quickest with a 6.39.
Champions will be crowned this morning at the Bannock County Fairgrounds in Pocatello with the short go.
The top 20 in each event will take one run with a state title and all-around championship on the line.