CASPER, Wyoming – For several Nevada cowboys and cowgirls, the 70th annual College National Finals Rodeo did not start as well as they would have liked.
For others, they are still in the thick of the hunt.
Winnemucca’s Savannah Montero, competing for New Mexico State University, tied down two goats in fairly-short order.
In round one, she tied down her goat during the Monday slack in 7.1 seconds and ranked 21st.
She shortened things up in the second-go, stopping the clock in 6.8 seconds during the Tuesday slack and cracking into the top-20 in the round in 19th place.
With a two-run total of 13.9 seconds, Montero found herself in a three-way tie for 10th place.
The third round was set to begin during the performance at 7 p.m. MST Tuesday, also when Montero was slated to make her third run.
Ruby Valley cowboy Klancy Krenka was consistent in his scores in the bareback riding.
Competing for College of Southern Idaho, Krenka kicked things off with a 71.5-point ride during the opening matinee Sunday, placing 11th in the first round.
In round two, his score dropped slightly, dipping to 21st in the standings with a 68.5-point effort.
His two-horse mark of 140 points was 14th in the average as of Tuesday afternoon, needing to move up two spots to qualify for the top-12 final round on Saturday night.
Krenka will have a better feel for his standing in the average after riding his third horse, climbing aboard his final-guaranteed bucker at 7 p.m. MST Wednesday.
Riding for CSI, Winnemucca’s Shaun Mentaberry covered his first saddle bronc for 63.5 points.
He rode his second horse for all of about 7.5 seconds, but the whistle doesn’t blow until the eight-second mark – taking a no-score.
On one head, Mentaberry was tied for 21st in the average.
Mentaberry will have to wait the full duration in order to find out his final status for trying to move up in the standings, needing to climb nine spots to qualify for the short-go.
His third ride will take place at 7 p.m. MST on Friday in the last performance before the final round.
After experiencing much success the past two years at the CNFR in the breakaway roping, Elko’s and University of Montana Western cowgirl Tess Turk’s bid for a high placing in the goat tying got off to a decent start in the Monday slack.
She tied her first goat in 7.3 seconds, placing 25th in the round.
In the Tuesday slack, her time fell to 9.2 seconds and her ranking in the go-round dropped to 45th.
With a two-head time of 16.5 seconds, Turk placed 34th in the average.
She will chase go-round lore in the final run of her collegiate career at 7 p.m. MST during the Friday performance.
Lindy Lehman and Garrett Springer
Carson City’s Lindy Lehman, heading for Treasure Valley Community College partner Garrett Springer, did not begin the CNFR with any luck.
The TVCC duo took no-times on each of their first two runs in the team roping.
Lehman and Springer will make their final run at 7 p.m. MST in the Thursday performance.
The Wednesday through Saturday performances of the 70th annual College National Finals Rodeo will stream live on ESPN3 through the WatchESPN app.
Daily results can be found online at collegerodeo.com/cnfr through the home site of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.