Former Casper College team roper Trey Yates continued his impressive season Saturday at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

Yates and team roping partner Aaron Tsiginine had a 4.1-second run to finish tied for second in the third go-round and move to second in the average with a three-run time of 18.4 seconds.

Derrick Begay and Cory Petska won the round with a 4.0 while Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira continue to lead the average with a 13.40.

This summer, Yates and Gillette College's Kellan Johnson won the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper.

The only other cowboy to pocket some money Saturday was former Sheridan College Zeke Thurston, who tied for fifth in the round with an 86. Isaac Diaz won the round with a 90-point ride.

Thurston is now tied for fourth in the average with 253 points on three head, which puts him just 11 points back of leader Cort Scheer.

The only other cowboys with Wyoming ties, Hillsdale saddle bronc rider Brody Cress and bareback bronc rider Ty Breuer, who competed at Central Wyoming College, both had no-scores.

Other event winners Saturday were: bareback bronc rider Tim O'Connell (88.5 points), bull rider Tyler Bingham (88), steer wrestler Scott Guenther (3.3 seconds), tie-down roper Marty Yates (7.0) and barrel racer Amberleigh Moore (13.59).

The 60th annual NFR runs through Dec. 15 at the Thomas & Mack Center.

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Sports Editor

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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