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Saddle bronc riders Thurston, Cress continue to shine at NFR

Saddle bronc riders Thurston, Cress continue to shine at NFR


Zeke Thurston maintained his lead in the saddle bronc world standings Monday at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, while Brody Cress remained in second place in the saddle bronc average standings.

Thurston, who rodeoed at Sheridan College, had an 82-point ride aboard Rosser Rodeo’s Flood Tide to tie for sixth place and increase his season earnings to more than $251,000. That puts the 2016 world champion more than $10,000 clear of Ryder Wright after five rounds.

Hillsdale native Cress placed fourth in the round with an 88.0 on Sankey Pro Rodeo’s Black Tie. He has a five-head total of 421.5 points and trails Rusty Wright by 9 points in the race for the average championship. Cress also moved up to fifth in the world standings with more than $167,000 for the season.

Jake Watson won the round with a 92.0 on Burch Rodeo’s Lunatic From Hell.

Former Eastern Wyoming College cowboy Riley Pruitt finished second in tie-down roping for the second night in a row with a 7.7-second run. Pruitt is now fifth in the world standings and eighth in the average. Ty Harris won the round with a 7.4.

Former Central Wyoming College cowboy Ty Breuer had a no-score in bareback bronc riding. Clayton Biglow, who leads the world standings, won the round with a 92.5 on Pickett Pro Rodeo’s Scarlet Belle.

NFR rookie Daylon Swearingen won bull riding with a 92.0 on Big Stone Rodeo’s War Cry.

Chad Masters and Joseph Harrison won team roping for the second consecutive round with a 4.2, Kyle Irwin took the steer wrestling round win with a 3.7 and Dona Kay Rule won her second round of barrel racing with a 13.56.


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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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