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Hillsdale saddle bronc rider Brody Cress continued his solid showing at the National Finals Rodeo on Monday in Las Vegas.

Competing in his first NFR, Cress tied for second in the fifth round with an 87.5-point ride aboard Andrews Rodeo’s Fire Lane. Cress remained second in the average with 418.0 points on five head and trails leader CoBurn Bradshaw by just 3.5 points. Cress also moved up to fifth in the world standings.

Defending saddle bronc riding world champ Zeke Thurston, a former Sheridan College cowboy, had his best finish of the week as he also tied for second with 87.5 points on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Wound Up. Thurston is now second in the world standings and trails leader Jacobs Crawley by just $20,241.

Also Monday, Cowley bareback bronc rider JR Vezain tied for fifth in the round with an 87.5-point ride to move up to sixth in the average with 415.0 points on five head. Fellow bareback bronc rider Ty Breuer (Central Wyoming College), who won the round Sunday, finished 13th with an 81.5.

Former Gillette College cowboy Chason Floyd was just out of the money Monday, finishing seventh with a time of 4.7 seconds. Floyd remains 12th in the average and 11th in the world standings.

There was plenty of action outside of cowboys with Wyoming ties in the fifth round.

Three-time defending bull riding world champ Sage Kimzey won the round with an 89-point ride on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Record Rack’s Shootin’ Stars. Kimzey continues to lead the world standings and now trails average leader Trey Benton III by just four points – 350 to 346.

Team roping produced dual winners for the second night in a row with Erich Rogers and Cory Petska tying Clay Tryan and Jade Corkill with identical times of 3.9 seconds. Mason Clements won bareback bronc riding with an 88.5 and Marty Yates took the top spot in saddle bronc riding with an 89. In the other timed events, Marty Yates won tie-down roping with a 7.0, Ivy Conrado won the barrel racing with a 13.59 and Tanner Milan was the steer wrestling winner with a 3.8.

The NFR runs through Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Center.

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Sports Editor

Jack Nowlin returned to the Star-Tribune in 2007 after eight years covering Michigan State University athletics. A Wyoming native, and a graduate of Jeffrey City High School and the University of Wyoming, Jack serves as the Star-Tribune’s sports editor.

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