Several dominating performances punctuated the final performance of the 22nd annual International Finals Youth Rodeo at the Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center in Shawnee on Friday night.
One of those who owned his event from start to finish was Clayton Biglow of Clements, Calif., who won the bareback bronc competition for the second straight year.
Biglow came into Friday night’s performance with an 18.5-point lead then posted the highest score in the final go-round with 83 points just for good measure.
Another performer who took all of the suspense out of her event was Ali Armstrong of nearby Lexington, Okla. After having won both of the first two go-rounds earlier in the week, Armstrong posted the fastest time of the rodeo with her third and final run in the barrel racing Friday night. Armstrong ran a 16.046 to take the win.
Tanner Lockhart of Lewis, Colo. also held onto his lead to win the saddle bronc. Leading Jace Lane of Morse, Tex. by nine points after the first two rounds, Lockhart scored 80.5 points on Friday night, the highest of the third round to run away with the average title.
Morgan Brown of Uvalde, Tex. managed to keep her lead to win the pole bending competition, but not without a little drama first.
Raelee Self of Powderly, Tex. trailed Brown by .013 of a second heading into the third round and would have won with a 19.738 if she hadn’t knocked down two poles, with the 10 seconds in penalties costing her the win.
Other events were won in comeback fashion. All-around champion cowgirl Kambria McDougal of Weatherford, Tex. went from fifth to first in winning the breakaway roping competition, posting a time of 2.4 seconds in her third and final go and a three-round total of 7.5 seconds to get the win.
Marcus Theriot of Poplarville, La. clocked a time of 8.4 seconds in the third round of the calf roping competition, overtaking Tanner Green of Cotulla, Tex. for the win.
Shelby Lankford of Blanchard, Okla. was the model of consistency in winning the goat tying competition, posting times of 9.1 seconds in all three rounds, which was good enough to move up from second place to get the win in the average.
Tristan Martin of Sulphur, La. entered Friday night in third place in the steer wrestling competition. Martin then posted a time of 6.4 seconds on Friday night and watched as Hunter Washburn of Shawnee and Carson Hicks of Sulphur Springs, Tex. failed to bring down a steer on their runs, giving him the title.
A similar circumstance got the win for Jake South and Tyler Sam in the team roping competition. The duo clocked a 6.9 on their final run then won when Austin Crist and Trevor Kirchenschlager failed to post a time on their final run.
In the night’s final event, no cowboy made a successful run in the bull riding competition, but with two successful rides already under his belt, Logan Hunter of Woodward, Okla. took first in the average with a score of 153 points.
We’ll have more on all-around champions Kambria McDougal and Tanner Green in the Sunday edition of the News-Star.