ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. -- Contestants at the National High School Finals Rodeo in Rock Springs are using technology to get a leg up.
The Sweetwater County Events Complex exhibit hall has computers set up for the benefit of rodeo contestants allowing them to view video of animals that they have drawn for different events.
The Rock Springs Rocket-Miner reports that the technology allows stop-action looks at the animals.
For example, a contestant in bull-riding can see video of how the particular bull drawn for an upcoming competition behaved earlier and can pick up clues about how to ride the bull based upon stop-action analysis.
Meanwhile, following the first go-round, which ended Wednesday, Utah finds itself in an unusual position: fifth place.
After six performances, Texas holds a commanding lead with 2,620 points. California (1675), Idaho (1560), Oregon (1,305) and Utah (1,304) are bunched behind.
Utah or Texas has won the team title for the past 10 years.
Among Top of Utah competitors, Hooper's Meggen Hodson was sixth in goat tying in the first round, while Riverside's Timmi Ward was 11th in barrel racing.
First-round winners in each event are:
Bareback riding--Casey Meroshnekoff, Red Bluff, Calif., 78 points; Barrel racing--Teigan Adams, Castle Dale, Utah, 17.435 seconds; Breakaway roping--Cady Cooper, Parrish, Fla., 2.03 seconds; Bull riding: Cody Hudson, Camas, Wash., 83 points; Boys cutting: Wilder Jones, King Hill, Idaho, 224 points; Girls cutting: (tie) Whitney Hall, Comanche, Okla., and Mary Catherine Reynolds, Purvis, Miss., 223 points; Goat tying--Arianna Assini, Oracle, Ariz., 8.22 seconds; Pole bending--Skylar Ragan, Pattonville, Texas, 19.86 seconds; Saddle bronc riding-- Rusty Wright, Milford, Utah, 82 points; Steer wrestling--Ricky Rice II, Natural Dam, Ark., 5.33 seconds; Team roping: Dylan Gordon, Comanche, Okla., and Gage Williams, Foster, Okla., 5.07 seconds.
The second round runs through Saturday morning, with the short round scheduled for Saturday evening.