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Four Crook County athletes place at Silver State International Rodeo in Winnemucca, Nevada

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Hope Luttrell makes a goat tying run at the Oregon High School State Finals Rodeo. Luttrell placed second in goat tying and fourth in breakaway roping at the Silver State International Rodeo, which was held in Winnemucca, Nevada, in early July. Hope Luttrell had possibly the best rodeo of her career in early July at the Silver State International Rodeo.

The rodeo, which is held in Winnemucca, Nevada, is open to high school competitors who place fifth through 15th in their respective state finals as well as international competitors.

Luttrell, who qualified for the national finals in barrel racing, just missed a chance to make it to the national finals in both goat tying and breakaway roping.

However, Luttrell made the most of her opportunity at Silver State, placing second in the average in goat tying and fourth in breakaway roping.

The pair of high finishes propelled Luttrell to a seventh-place finish in the all-around competition.

Luttrell was far from the only Crook County athlete to place at the week-long rodeo.

Dylan Sigman was second in saddle bronc riding, Gracie Garthwaite finished fourth in barrel racing, while Jaxson Rhoden was fifth in the steer wrestling competition.

Luttrell used steady performances to propel herself to the high finishes.

She was ninth in the first go round of goat tying with a time of 8.76. Luttrell improved her position in the second go round, placing eighth with an identical time of 8.76.

Then in the short go round, Luttrell finished third with a time of 8.46 as she moved all the way to second in the average.

Luttrell finished with a total time of 25.98 seconds for three runs.

Hailey Humphrey of Utah won the event, placing second in the second go round and first in the short go round as she finished with a total time of 24.91 on three runs.

Luttrell was also steady in her second event.

The Prineville cowgirls finished 11th in the first go round of breakaway roping with a time of 3.38 seconds. Luttrell then had an outstanding time in the second go round, finishing fourth with a time of 2.75 seconds. Her shot go time of 3.8 seconds was good for sixth place in the round and vaulted her to third place in the average with a total time of 9.93 seconds on her three runs.

Emily Vigoren of Utah was the overall winner in the event as she won the second go round and finished second in the short go round with a total time of 7.42 seconds on three head.

With her high places, Luttrell amassed 41 points in the all-around competition.

Lacey Steele of Nevada won the all-around with 70 points. Humphrey finished in third with 48, while Vigoren finished in sixth place, just ahead of Luttrell with 42.5 points.

Garthwaite also used steady performances to earn her fourth-place finish in barrel racing.

The Prineville athlete placed ninth in the first go round with a time of 18.304. Garthwaite improved to eighth in the second go round with a time of 18.256, then placed fifth in the final go round with a time of 18.207.

After improving each round, Garthwaite finished with a total time of 54.767 seconds for her three runs.

Oregon's Michelle Williams won the barrel racing, taking fourth in the first go round, second in go round two, and third in the short go round. Williams finished with a total time of 54.043 seconds.

Like Garthwaite, Rhoden improved each go round.

He was 15th in the first go round with a time of 13.63 seconds. Rhoden improved to ninth in the second go round with a time of 12.46 seconds. The ninth-place finish vaulted him to 11th in the overall standings, barely earning a place in the short go round.

Then in the short go round, Rhoden finished with a time of 7.15 seconds, good for third in the round. His time of 33.24 on four head was more than two seconds ahead of the sixth-place finisher, as he vaulted to fifth in the final standings.

Wesley Shaw of Idaho won the event, finishing second in the first go round, first in the second go round and sixth in the final go for a three-head total of 22.03 seconds.

Dylan Sigman, the final Crook County athlete to place at the meet, won the first go round of saddle bronc riding with a score of 52.

No other cowboy made a qualified ride in the go round.

Then in the second go round, Sigman was bucked off as Wade Stansfield of Utah won the round with a score of 68.

No other cowboys made qualified rides.

With just two riders qualifying for the short go round, first place was up for grabs.

However, neither Sigman nor Stansfield was able to complete their ride in the round as Stansfield wound up first overall due to his higher score in the second go round.

Shaw won the boys all-around title with 68 points, while Lan Larison, also of Idaho, was second with 53 points.

Oregon finished fourth in the team standings with 85 points.

Idaho won the championship with 133 points. They were followed by Utah, 101.5, and Nevada with 93.

California finished behind Oregon with 64.5 points, while Washington was sixth with 64.

Alberta, Canada, wound up seventh with 56 points, while Arizona was eighth with 53.

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