POCATELLO — The 2012 Idaho State Finals Rodeo hit the midway point on Wednesday evening as the finest high school rodeo talent in the state completed the first two thirds of the second go.
After the first go which concluded on Tuesday evening, several district four cowboys and cowgirls are sitting in pretty good shape to advance to Saturday's finals.
Cooper Clemens leads the bareback event while Skylerr Valentine sits in a tie for third after the first go. Clemens only added to his chances at a finals birth with a stellar ride of 67 points on his second mount on Wednesday evening.
In the steer wrestling, Tate Foster was sitting in second place after the first go but on Wednesday evening Foster ran into some hard luck as he failed to post a time in his second go run.
In the pole bending, Kassidy Duffin and Kimberlyn Fehringer are both sitting in the top ten after the first go with Duffin leading the pack and Fehringer sitting in eighth. On wednesday evening, Fehringer turned in a 21.187 run, good enough for the third fastest time of the evening which should help her maintain her top ten spot heading into the third go. Duffin will run this morning for her second go.
Duffin also leads the goat tying event after the first go as she slapped an 8.06 second run in her first effort. Kyle Goodwin and Crissy Tysor each ran their second goes on Wednesday evening with Tysor turning in the second fastest run of the evening at 8.68 while Goodwin was nipping at her heels with a time of 10.43. Both scores should help the cowgirls in their hopes of advancing to the Saturday finals.
A trio of fourth district cowgirls took to the arena on Wednesday evening in the breakaway roping with Fehringer taking second place with a 3.50 time. Duffin stopped the clock at 16.75 while Regan Timothy ran into some hard luck with a no time.
No fourth district athletes competed in the team roping Wednesday evening but there is a tandem, Cooper Clemens and Kimberlyn Fehringer who are sitting in fourth place after the first go with a time of 8.41 They will run their second go this morning.
Clemens, who is sitting fifth in the tie down roping after the first go, turned in another solid run of 15.93 on Wednesday evening despite having caught the calf by the hind leg which required him to free the leg before tossing the calf to the ground and tying its legs together.
Two other fourth district cowboys are in the top ten after the first go with Rylie Clemens in tenth and Tate Foster in seventh. They will both be in this mornings rodeo for their second go.
In the barrel racing Lyndsie Ekstrom turned in the fastest run of the evening with a blistering 16.274. That coupled with her fourth fastest time in the first go should position the senior for a nice run at Saturday's finals.
In the bull riding, Snake River's Zane Stephenson bypassed his American Legion Baseball game as he took to the arena for his second try at the state finals and he turned in a marvelous ride of 72 which will all but guarantee "Brahma" a spot in Saturday's final.
The rodeo continues this morning at ten for the conclusion of the second go and this evening at seven, the first of three rodeos for the third go will kick off. If you are going to the rodeo today, you are encouraged to wear pink in honor of the fight against cancer.