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Barrel racer Ericka Nelson and tie-down roper John Douch emerged as the top winners at the Central Wyoming Rodeo on Saturday in Casper.

Nelson, a native of Century, Florida, entered the week No. 10 in the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association world standings with nearly $57,000 in earnings for the year. She should move up in the standings after winning the short go-round with a 17.13-second run and the average with a two-run time of 34.44 seconds to pocket nearly $7,000.

Douch, who was No. 31 in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association tie-down world standings, pocketed more than $6,000 after winning the short go with an 8.5-second run and the average with a two-run time of 19.0 seconds.

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Saddle bronc rider Shorty Garrett scored 83 points on Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Vitalix The Natural to win the short go and also grabbed the average title with a total of 165.5 points on two head. Garrett entered the week No. 20 in the PRCA world standings.

In bareback bronc riding, Grant Denny and Wyatt Bloom tied for the short go win with 82-point rides. Denny rode Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Justified while Bloom was aboard Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Grin & Bear It. Bloom won the average title, and more than $5,300, with 164.5 points; Denny was second with 163.5.

No bull riders made the 8-second buzzer Saturday, leaving first-go winner Riker Carter with the average title with an 86.5.

Other short-go winners were team ropers Tate Kirchenschlager and Buddy Hawkins II with a 5.7-second run and steer wrestler Mike McGinn with a 4.1.

Andrew Ward and Reagan Ward won the team roping average title with an 11.0 while Trever Nelson took the steer wrestling average crown with a three-run time of 13.1.

The Central Wyoming Rodeo paid out more than $269,000 during its five-day run.

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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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