Former Casper College team roper was the only cowboy with Wyoming ties to finish in the money in the fourth round of the National Finals Rodeo on Sunday in Las Vegas.
Yates and team roping partner Aaron Tsiginine placed sixth with a time of 4.8 seconds. Lane Ivy and Buddy Hawkins II won the round with a 4.1.
Yates and Tsiginine remained in second in the average with a time of 23.7 seconds on four head; Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira lead the average with a 17.7. Yates and Tsiginine are third in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world standings.
Bareback bronc rider Ty Breuer, who competed at Central Wyoming College, was the only other cowboy with Wyoming ties to record a score Sunday. Breuer scored 81.5 points, but sits 13th in the average and 14th in the world standings.
Saddle bronc rider Zeke Thurston (Sheridan College) and Hillsdale’s Brody Cress both had no-scores Sunday.
Thurston remained sixth in both the average and the world standings. Cress, the 2017 NFR average champion has yet to post a score and dropped to 10th in the world standings.
Trevor Brazile won Sunday’s tie-down roping with a 6.8-second run to take the lead in the all-around world standings. The 42-year-old Brazile, who announced prior to the NFR that he was going to stop competing full-time, now has won a PRCA-record 69 rounds between the NFR and the National Final Steer Roping.
The 10-round NFR continues through Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Center.