(Photo by Brent Shipman, Staff)
SIKESTON -- With the fourth and final leg of this year's Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo wrapping Saturday night in front of a packed crowd, contestants could finally determine where they stood in the final overall standings.
Tying for first, Wes Stevenson and Jason Havens shared top honors in the bareback riding competition as each scored an 87. Bee Jay Scott's score of 86 was good for third.
In steer wrestling, Dane Hanna's aggregate time of 7.8 seconds gave him first place for the rodeo while Noel Strahan came in second with a time of 8.4 seconds. Rounding out the top three was Dean McIntyre at 8.6 seconds.
Taking first place in the saddle bronc event, Alex Wright narrowly edged out Cody DeMoss by one point, scoring an 86 to DeMoss' 85 which was good for second followed by a three-way tie for third.
Fred Whitfield's aggregate time 18 seconds flat gave him the top spot in tie down roping with Boe Brown taking second at 19 seconds. Blair Burk's 19.9 seconds aggregate time put him in third.
Edging the competition out by three-tenths of a second, the team of Trevor Brazile and Patrick Smith won the team roping event with an aggregate time of 10.7 seconds.
Partners Clay Tryan and Travis Graves and partners Brady Tryan and Jake Long tied for second with both teams posting aggregate times of 11 seconds flat.
In barrel racing the times of the top 15 cowgirls were separated by less than one second with Angie Meadors coming out on top at 16.24 seconds. Jeanne Anderson's time of 16.32 seconds was good for second followed by Brittany Pozzi in third-place with 16.47 seconds.
Another notable is Sikeston native Carrie Thomas, whose time of 16.51 seconds put her in seventh place.
Finally, in bull riding it was Dustin Elliott's 93-point ride on the bull Dr. Hou Friday night that couldn't be bested, leaving Elliot as the top bull rider for the rodeo.
Seth Glause's score of 90 on Mr. Slim left him with second followed by Kanin Asay rounding out the top three with a ride on Coffee Grinder worth 85-points.