LAS VEGAS (AP) — Steer wrestler K.C. Jones moved up in the world standings and the National Finals Rodeo standings by getting his first win of the event on Tuesday night.
Jones, of Decatur, Texas, won round six in a time of 3.5 and improved to second in the NFR aggregate standings with a time of 28.30 on six head. It was Jones’ first top-six finish at the competition. He is also fifth in the world standings with $101,058.
“(In) this deal there are 14 other guys here who are outstanding, so you don’t back off at all,” Jones said. “You take your chance at the barrier and be as aggressive as you can on your steer. It’s anybody’s game right now.
“There are a lot of guys who can still walk out of here with that gold buckle. I’m just lucky I’ve got all mine down and I won a little money tonight ($19,002). I’m also glad I have four more steers.”
Four-time world champion Luke Branquinho of Los Alamos, California, didn’t finish among the top six in 5.5, but he held onto first place in both the world and NFR aggregate standings. He tops the world standings with $128,976 and leads the aggregate with a time of 24.60 over six rounds.
Nick Guy of Sparta, Wisconsin, who was first in the world standings before Branquinho took over the lead in round four, finished out of the top six with no time after he missed with the rope on his steer’s nose for round six. Guy still remains second in the world standings with $124,341.
Branquinho, sidelined from July 18 until the opening round, is now only $25,722 from becoming the eighth individual to win $1 million in career earnings at the NFR.
In tie-down roping, Matt Shiozawa of Chubbuck, Idaho, tied for first with a time of 6.90 that allowed him to take over first place in the aggregate standings with a time of 54.80 for six rides.
Two-time world champion Tuf Cooper of Decatur, Texas, remained first in the world standings after not finishing among the top six in 15.70. He also is second in the aggregate race with a time of 57.30 for six rides.
NFR rookie Marty Yates of Stephenville, Texas, tied for first with Shiozawa and is now third in the world standings. The 20-year-old Yates and Shiozawa both broke the NFR round six record of 7.1, set by Cody Ohl of Hico, Texas, in 2003.
In barrel racing, Fallon Taylor of Whitesboro, Texas, increased her world standings lead total to $203,803 and took over the NFR aggregate standings lead with a time of 89.16 after placing fourth in round six in a time of 14.08.
Britany Diaz of Solen, North Dakota, won round six in 13.89 and placed among the top six for her second time.
In bull riding, NFR rookie Sage Kimzey of Strong City, Okla., placed second in round six with a 73.5 on Bad Habit and became the lone rider to cover five of his six bulls. Kimzey leads the world standings with $222,546 while Trey Benton III of Rock Island, Texas, is first in the aggregate standings with 412.5 points for five rides.
Joe Frost of Randlett , Utah, dropped from first to second in the aggregate standings with 329 points for four rides.
Only three riders weren’t bucked off their bulls in round six. Besides Kimzey, Aaron Pass of Dallas finished first with an 83.5 on Pair a Dice and Beau Hill of West Glacier, Montana, placed third with a 72 on Bird Creek. Pass also became the first competitor to successfully ride Pair a Dice.
“It’s always nice to break a bull’s streak, just like to break a great athlete’s streak, Pass said. “The bull was good and did what he was supposed to do, and I just had to stay on and do my part.”
In bareback riding, four-time world champion Bobby Mote of Culver, Oregon, took over the lead in the NFR aggregate standings with 490.5 points for six rides after finishing second with an 83 on Raggidy Ann.
The second-place effort allows Mote to become the seventh person to earn at least $1 million in NFR competition.
Austin Foss of Terrebonne, Oregon, won round six with an 86 on Movie Madness and moved into second place in the world standings. It was his first round win during his second NFR.
Three-time world champion Kaycee Feild of Spanish Fork, Utah, is in first place in the world standings after tying for sixth with an 80 on Pepsi Valley.
In team roping, header Aaron Tsinigine of Tuba City, Arizona, and heeler Clay O’Brien Cooper of Gardnerville, Nevada, won round six in a time of 4.00.
Header Clay Tryan of Billings, Montana, and heeler Jade Corkill, of Fallon, Nevada., placed fourth in 5.00 to remain first in the world standings.
Header Jake Barnes and heeler Junior Nogueira, both of Scottsdale, Arizona, lead the NFR aggregate standings with a time of 38.00 for six rounds after placing third in round six with a time of 4.4.
In saddle bronc riding, Jake Wright of Milford, Utah, took first with a 79 on Rich N Fancy. NFR rookie Spencer Wright of Milford, Utah, who tied for third with a 78 on Iron Maiden in round six, remained in first place in the NFR aggregate standings with a score of 479.5 points for six rides.
Heith DeMoss of Heflin, Louisiana, leaped from third to first in the world standings after tying for third with a 78 on Short Stop.