GILLETTE, Wyo. — Led by a first-place finish in tie-down roping and a domination in the bull riding competition, Utah won the boys team division of the National High School Finals Rodeo.
Tyler Bingham, of Honeyville, and Joe Frost, of Randlette, took the first two spots of the overall bull riding competition. Bingham scored 237 and Frost had 226 (76 more points than the next closest rider). Frost also place third in all-around cowboy.
St. George's Garrison Cannon won the tie-down roping overall title with an average of 29.08 seconds.
Paige Hadlock, of Ogden, won the girls cutting title, scoring an average of 655 points. Her twin brother, Dax, missed out on the boys title by just half a point, placing second with 649.5 points.
Utah placed third in the final girls team standings, behind Texas and Oklahoma. Texas won the combined overall title, followed by Utah, Oklahoma, Idaho and New Mexico. The annual event, run by the National High School Rodeo Association, concluded late Saturday night. More than 1,460 students from the United States, Canada and Australia competed in the finals. About 12,500 cowboys and cowgirls are registered with the NHSRA.
Other top-10 finishers from Utah:
BARREL RACING: 2. McKale Hadley, Plain City, 51.873
STEER WRESTLING: 9. Colton Mooney, Herriman, 19.13
SADDLE BRONC: 2. CoBurn Bradshaw, Beaver, 211