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  • 21st annual rodeo in full swing at expo center

  • A Florida cowgirl had the lead in the barrel racing following Monday morning’s performance at the International Finals Youth Rodeo.
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  • A Florida cowgirl had the lead in the barrel racing following Monday morning’s performance at the International Finals Youth Rodeo.
    Action was continuing late Monday night in the 21st annual IFYR, which includes 11 performances through Friday night. The top 15 contestants at the conclusion of Friday morning’s action will compete in the finals that night.
    Mike Jackson, IFYR coordinator and operations manager at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center, said 897 contestants are competing this year.
    Jackson said Monday the rodeo seemed to be going well and the change in rough stock was making a difference.
    Dakota Randolph, from Sparr, Fla., ran the barrel racing pattern in 16.098 seconds, to take the lead after two performances. She is competing here in her final IFYR, after recently graduating from high school.
    Defending pole bending champion Skylar Ragan, from Pattonville, Texas, was atop the standings in that event. She ran the pattern in 20.122 seconds.
    Ragan is trying for her third consecutive IFYR pole bending championship after claiming the title the past two years.
    Two are tied for the lead in the girls’ breakaway roping. Rylea Rae Fabrizio, Pueblo Colo., and Tory Little, Hackberry, La., at the top, each recording times of 2.8 seconds.
    An Oklahoman is in the lead in the girl’s goat tying. McKenna Wagner, Broken Arrow, marked a time of 7.9 seconds. She is barely ahead of Vernon, Texas, cowgirl Kelsey Graf, who recorded a time of 8.0.
    Graf won the goat tying championship at the IFYR in 2011.
    Two Texans have the top two spots in the bull riding. According to official figures, they are two of only four contestants to score through two performances.
    Alejandro Flores, from George West, scored 86. Fellow Texan Koal Livingston, of Burleson, managed an 82.
    Lewis Alvidrez, of Seminole, is third at 81, and Joseph McConnel, Atoka, is fourth with a 78.
    Two Texans and a Minnesota cowboy share the top spot in the tie down calf roping.
    Dylan Cosper, Moody, Texas, Seth Cooke, Weatherford, Texas, and Chance Oftedahl, Pemberton, Minn., all recorded times of 9.3 seconds.
    Rickey Rice, from Natural Dam, Ark., recorded 5.3 seconds in the steer wrestling. He’s just ahead of Britt Driggers, Pearcy, Ark., who had a 5.9, good for second.
    Spearman, Texas, bronc rider Audy Reed is in first place with a 71. He is followed by Nicholas Shenold, of Glencoe, with a 60, and Brody Yeary, Brock, Texas, with a 55.
    In front in the bareback riding is Wyatt Denny, from Minden, Nevada. He scored an 80. In second is Wyatt Gewinner, Weeping Water, Neb., with a 75.5.
    In the team roping, Cooper Lee, Quitman, Ark., and Jace Harris, Vilonia, Ark., lead the pack after recording a time of 6 seconds.
    Page 2 of 2 - The final two performances of the first round are at 9 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. today.
    Wednesday morning’s action will begin the second round, which concludes on Friday morning.
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