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Four Crook County athletes place at Silver State

Tristin and Kimmer Severance place third in the second go round of team roping at Nevada rodeo


When the dust settled at last month’s Oregon High School Rodeo Association Finals, the top four athletes in each event qualified for the national finals, which will be contested later this month in Rock Springs, Wyo.

However, just because an athlete didn’t qualify for nationals in a specific event didn’t mean that his or her season was over. Athletes who placed in positions five through 15 at the state finals earned the right to compete at the Silver State International Rodeo, which was held June 29-July 5 in Winnemucca, Nev.

Several Crook County athletes took advantage of the opportunity either competing at Silver State and then returning home to Prineville, or using the rodeo for warmup on their way to nationals.by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Riley Sappington makes a pole bending run during the Oregon High School State Finals Rodeo. Sappington recently placed in both the first go round and the average at the Silver State International Rodeo in Winnemucca, Nev. Sappington was one of four athletes from Crook County to place in the rodeo.

Leading the way, as she has done all season, was Riley Rae Sappington. Sappington, who won the state all-around championship and is competing at nationals in multiple events, competed in both team roping and pole bending at Silver State. After a ninth-place finish in the first go round of pole bending (21.531), Sappington dropped to 15th in the second round (21.82). Still, with consistent performances, she qualified for the short go round. Once there, she posted her best run of the rodeo, taking fourth in the round with a time of 21.305. The three-run total of 64.656 was enough to place Sappington fourth in the average.

Fellow Crook County athlete Talia Radabaugh, who qualified for nationals in cutting, also competed in pole bending at Silver State, placing fifth in the average. Radabaugh, who was seventh entering the short go round after runs of 21.791 and 21.873, improved to 21.51 in the final round to move all the way to fifth place in the final standings with a total time of 65.174.

Sappington and header Chance Bullock, of Nevada, placed 22nd in the first go round of team roping, but failed to earn a time in the second round and dropped out of contention in the event.

However, a pair of Prineville athletes who failed to score in the first go round cashed in during the second go round of team roping. Tristin and Kimmer Severance blazed to a time of 6.81 seconds in the round to finish in third place. The brother-sister duo wound up in 17th place in the average.

Kimmer Severance also competed in pole bending at the rodeo, finishing in 13th place overall.

Although Crook County athletes failed to make the short go round in anything other than pole bending, they did compete in several other events.

Radabaugh and Severance both competed in barrel racing with Radabaugh placing 15th in the first go and 31st in the second go round while Severance was 44th and 62nd in the event.

Radabaugh also competed in breakaway roping, where she finished 18th in the first go round with a time of 4.7 seconds. Meanwhile, Severance finished 32nd in the first round of goat tying with a time of 9.89 seconds.

Tristin Severance failed to make the short go round of tie down roping. However, he placed 19th in the first round with a time of 21.87.

The final Crook County athlete to compete at Silver State was James Beatty, who was 12th after the first go round of steer wrestling. Beatty posted a time of 12.07 seconds in the round. Unfortunately, Beatty failed to earn a time in the second go round.

Oregon finished fifth out of 13 teams at the rodeo with a total of 103 points. Utah won the competition with a score of 615.5. California was a close second with 592 points, while Idaho was a distant third with 336 points. The host team from Nevada would up fourth with 164.5 points.

Rounding out the top 10 were Washington (93), Montana (61), Wyoming (50), Alberta, Canada, (6) and Arizona (1).

The National High School Rodeo Finals is scheduled for July 13-19



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