By BUTCH THURMAN
For the Capital Press
Step back non-believers, Kody Lostroh is the newly crowned Professional Bull Riders World Champion.
Lostroh won the title Sunday afternoon in front of a packed house in the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.
"It feels good. It's been a long week and it's good to get the end result out there," he said.
The Longmont, Colo., bull rider had plenty of people this year who doubted he could win a world title, but he did just that after riding seven of eight bulls at the World Finals.
"I'm not sure it's sunk in yet. They said I was supposed to feel something, but I don't know. I'm kind of still in a daze over the whole thing. After I rode in the short-round, it was so chaotic I didn't even know what is going on."
Lostroh held off J.B. Mauney, who becomes the first rider in history to ride eight of eight bulls at the World Finals to win the average title.
"It's just been a tremendous year with a lot of ups and downs, obstacles and struggles." he said. "That's what makes it so rewarding is now to know that I overcame it. I was the best bull rider in the world and it means a lot to me just with all of the hard work in my life and it paid off."
Lostroh totaled 16,640 points and $1,601,625 for the season.
Mauney's record-setting performance gave him the runner-up position with 16,046 and $742,208 in earnings.
"I came out here with the mindset to ride every bull I got on, and it worked out, I drew right and I couldn't have asked for any better bulls," Mauney said. "That's what every guy dreams of ... is winning the World Finals and winning the world. I'll try next year. I don't think I'm going to retire this year. Kody rode awesome. I did all I could and he came out on top, and he's the World Champion. He's the best bull rider in the world."
The PBR also crowned the 2009 World Champion Bull. Code Blue, owned by Walton & Wagoner/Berger & Struve, topped the field with a total score of 140.75 points. Also taking home some hardware Sunday was Tennessee young gun Cody Nance of Paris, who claimed the title of the 2009 Daisy Rookie of the Year. Nance won $147,386 over the season.
There's not much time to celebrate as the 2010 season kicks off Nov. 20-22 at The Arena at Gwinnet Center in Atlanta, Ga.
PBR World Finals results: 1) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 715 points; 2) Kody Lostroh (Longmont, CO) 624 points; 3) Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO, Brazil) 618.50 points; 4) Aaron Roy (Asquith, SK, Canada) 531 points; 5) Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil) 444.75 points; 6) Austin Meier (Kinta, OK) 443.75 points; 7) Shane Proctor (Grand Coulee, WA); 8) Dustin Elliott (North Platte, Neb.) 423.75 points; 9) Caleb Sanderson (Kissimmee, FL) 356 points; 10) Ednei Caminhas (P. Alves, SP, Brazil) 348.75 points.
Final World Points Standings: 1) Kody Lostroh (Longmont, CO) 16,640 points; 2) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 16,046 points; 3) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, Brazil) 11,920.75 points; 4) Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO, Brazil) 11,516.5 points; 5) Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil) 10,414.25 points; 6) Austin Meier (Kinta, OK) 8,584.75 points; 7) Ryan McConnel (Colgate, Okla.) 8,573.5 points; 8) Zack Brown (Santa Fe, TX) 8,383.25 points; 9) Renato Nunes (Buritama, SP, Brazil) 7,702 points; 10) Wiley Petersen (Fort Hall, Idaho) 7,341.25 points.
Butch Thurman of Pendleton, Ore., has covered professional rodeo for 29 years. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org