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UW Taylor Brothers Take Third-Round Team Roping Lead

June 16, 2017

Denton and Dusty Taylor have been roping together for so long, they did not have to tell each other they had no time to waste.

The Taylor brothers needed a solid run Thursday in their final attempt to qualify for the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) team roping short go Saturday night.

They got it in a big way.

With Denton, a sophomore, getting his loop over the horns, it was up to little brother, Dusty, to capture the steer’s heels. And he did, stopping the clock in 5.3 seconds, the third round’s best time.

“We knew that we drew a really good steer, and we knew we didn’t have any time to waste after missing our first one. We had to give it all we could,” Denton Taylor says.

The Craig, Colo., brothers appear to be a lock for Saturday night’s short go with a two-head time of 11.2 seconds. Only eight teams have caught three head, with just one section of team ropers remaining Friday night. The UW pair is eighth in the average.

Just the top 12 individual times and scores from throughout the week advance to the championship round.

“It’s really exciting considering we’re both in our first CNFR. We didn’t have a very good first round, but it’s coming back,” Dusty Taylor says. The brothers have been roping since junior high.

“It’s been really great roping with my brother, because we’ve been together so long, and we have fundamentally good chemistry,” Denton Taylor says. “We know what to expect and what not to expect.”

The brothers opened with a no-time in the opening round Monday, but rebounded the next morning with a second-round performance that gave them fifth place with a time of 5.9 seconds.

If the brothers hang on to the third round’s best time, they will both score 120 points each, adding a whopping 240 points to the team’s total. That moves the Cowboys to fifth place in the team standings with 305 points, with one night of competition remaining. Panhandle State University (Goodwill, Okla.) leads with 460.

Two UW cowgirls will be in Saturday’s short go; both completed three rounds of competition earlier in the week.

Junior Kailee Webb, of Isabel, S.D., remains the national barrel racing leader with a time of 43.50 seconds on three runs. Runner-up Leia Pluemer of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas is a close second at 43.53 seconds.

Another UW cowgirl remained in the top 10. Senior Amelia Anderson, from Forsyth, Mont., currently is sixth in the average with a three-round time of 19.8 seconds. Three goat tyers sit atop the leader board at 19.4 seconds, which will make for competitive finals.

The UW women are in seventh place with 145 points, while Sam Houston State University leads with 310.

Junior saddle bronc rider Wyatt Hageman, of Jay Em, now is just waiting to see where he will be seeded entering the short go. He has marked on two head with a total of 140.5 points, putting him seventh in the average. Just four riders have marked on three head.

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