Justin Maass, who won the tie-down roping at last year’s Central Wyoming Rodeo, took the lead in the average at Cheyenne Frontier Days on Saturday with an 11.9-second run. Maass, from Giddings, Texas, enters Sunday’s final go-round with a two-run time of 23.8 seconds.
Former Eastern Wyoming College tie-down roper Riley Pruitt is tied for fourth in the average with a 26.2.
Three cowboys with Wyoming ties will compete in the bareback bronc riding finals, with Laramie’s Seth Hardwick sitting fifth; Ryan Gray, who was born in Laramie, in seventh; and Cowley’s JR Vezain 11th.
In saddle bronc riding, Sheridan’s Chet Johnson is tied for fifth and former Casper College cowboy Bryce Miller is tied for 11th.
Gillette bull rider Bobby Welsh enters the finals tied for fourth place.
In steer wrestling, Sheridan's Tony Larsen is fifth entering the final round and Wheatland's Joe Buffington is ninth.
Willow Raley from Baggs will be the first female to compete in the finals at the Daddy of 'Em All when she and partner Pake Younger of Grand Junction, Colo., go for the championship buckle in team roping.
Sunday’s final round begins at 12:15 p.m. at Frontier Park in Cheyenne.