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Former Sheridan College saddle bronc rider Zeke Thurston continued his impressive run at the National Finals Rodeo on Thursday in Las Vegas.

Thurston placed fifth with an 86.5-point ride on Bailey Pro Rodeo’s James Bond. He has finished in the money in seven of eight rounds and sits fourth in the average with 603.5 points.

CoBurn Bradshaw, the only saddle bronc rider to cover all eight head, leads the average with 677.5 points. Two-time defending world champ Ryder Wright leads the world standings.

Hillsdale saddle bronc rider Brody Cress bucked off Powder River Rodeo’s Show Me Again for his sixth no-score of the NFR. The defending NFR average champ is 15th in the average and 12th in the world standings.

Trey Yates, who rodeoed at Casper College, and partner Aaron Tsinigine remain atop the team roping standings after a 6.1-second run. Yates and Tsinigine, the only team ropers to have recorded a time in all eight rounds, have a total time of 59.4 seconds.

Yates is fourth in the world heeling standings; he trails leader Paul Eaves by more than $50,000.

Bareback bronc rider Ty Breuer, who competed at Central Wyoming College, placed 11th with a 77.5. Breuer is 11th in the average and 12th in the world standings. Steven Dent leads the average while Caleb Bennett leads the world standings.

Round winners Thursday were: bareback bronc rider Shane O’Connell (89 points), saddle bronc riders Rusty Wright and Chase Brooks (90 points each), bull riders Chase Dougherty and Jor Frost (89.5), steer wrestler Tyler Waguespack (3.7 seconds), tie-down roper Ryan Jarrett (7.3), team ropers Bubba Buckaloo and Chase Tryan (3.6) and barrel racer Taci Bettis (13.57).

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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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