Team ropers each tie for first in one go round

Four days into the National Finals Rodeo, local cowboys have performed well at times.

Team ropers Charly Crawford, of Prineville, and Ryan Motes of Weatherfor, Texas, finished in a tie for first place in the second go round of the NFR with a time of 4.5 seconds.

However, the duo failed to place in either the first or third round, and did not earn a time on day four.

After failing to place in either of the first two rounds of the NFR, team ropers Brandon Beers and Jim Ross Cooper finally broke through on Saturday night, finishing in a three-way tie for first place with a time of 4.2 seconds.

Beers, of Powell Butte, and Cooper, of Monument, N.M., went into the NFR in third place in the standings.

Beers and Cooper just missed placing on Sunday evening, finishing with a time of 6.3 seconds, short of sixth place.

Central Oregon’s bareback contingent are all having solid performances at the finals.

After four go rounds, Terrebonne’s Austin Foss is leading the average. Foss earned a score of 82 on Thursday, but did not place. Friday, he finished in third place with a score of 86. Saturday, Foss finished second in the go round with a score of 84.50, then Sunday, he earned a tie for fifth with a score of 81. Foss, who is in his first NFR, has moved up to seventh in the current world standings.

Steven Peebles of Redmond has also had an outstanding NFR so far. He won both the second and third rounds with scores of 88 and 85.50 respectively. Although he did not place in either the first or fourth round, Peebles did make successful rides, so is still in contention for the average title. Peebles is currently fifth in the standings.

Bobby Mote, formerly of Culver, has also made qualified rides in each of the four rounds. However, Mote has only managed to place in one round (a third-place finish in round three) and has dropped from first to second place in the world standings. Kaycee Feild of Payson, Utah is the current leader.

Steer wrestler Trevor Knowles, of Mount Vernon, Ore., is also in the mix at this year’s NFR. Knowles won the first go round with a time of 3.10. Although he has not finished in the money in any of the next three rounds, Knowles has earned a time each night, keeping him alive for the average title.

Knowles is second in the current world standings.

The NFR continues through Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

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