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Former Casper College team roper Trey Yates remained atop the average leaderboard Wednesday at the National Finals Rodeo.

Yates and roping partner Aaton Tsinigine placed sixth in the seventh round with a time of 4.9 seconds. With three rounds remaining they have a time of 53.3 seconds on seven runs and are the only team roping duo to post a time in all seven rounds. Yates and Tsinigine are fifth in the world standings.

Former Sheridan College saddle bronc rider Zeke Thurston placed fifth in the round with an 84.5-point ride and is third in the average and sixth in the world standings.

Hillsdale saddle bronc rider Brody Cress covered his second horse of the rodeo, finishing ninth with a 79.5. Cress, the 2017 average champ, is 15th in the average and 12th in the world standings.

The only other cowboy with Wyoming ties competing, bareback bronc rider Ty Breuer, placed eighth with an 84. The former Central Wyoming College cowboy is 12th in the average and 11th in the world standings.

Event winners Wednesday were: bareback bronc rider Orin Larsen (89 points), saddle bronc riders Wade Sundell and Chase Brooks (90 points each), bull rider Chase Dougherty (87.5), steer wrestlers Hunter Cure and Tyler Pearson (3.6 seconds each), tie-down roper Tyson Durfey (7.2), barrel racer Hailey Kinsel (13.41) and team ropers Luke Brown and Jake Long and Derrick Begay and Cory Petska (3.9 each).

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

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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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