(Photo by Brent Shipman, Staff)
SIKESTON -- Those fans brave enough to stick around through the wind and rain Friday night at the 59th annual Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo, saw contestants battle less than ideal conditions for their share of the prize money.
In the night's finale, the bull riding event, only two of the nine riders were able to hold on for a full eight seconds to post a score. Of the two, Matt Pojanowski came away with a high score of 83 while J.W. Harris posted an 81 for second place.
In barrel racing, Jessy Hagey's time of 17.21 seconds wasn't enough to put her near the top of the overall leader board, but was good for first on the night. Coming in second was Rebecca Russell, who finished in 19.43 seconds, while Polly Hunter's time of 20.83 seconds was good for third.
The duo of Clay Tryan and Travis Graves came through with first place in team roping with a time of 4.7 second while Dustin Davis and Kinney Harrell finished in 5 seconds to take second. Brandon Beers and Jim Ross Cooper were close behind at 5.1 seconds, which was good for third.
Of the five tie down ropers to compete on Friday, only Zeb Chapman and Shank Edwards were fortunate enough to post time as they finished with times of 15.7 and 20.3 seconds respectively.
Leading the saddle bronc riding event, Jacobs Crawley posted a score of 83 with Cody Angland coming in second with a 79. Cody Rud's 78 left him in third.
In steer wrestling, Stewart Gulager blew away the competition with a time of five seconds with the nearest competitor, Quentin Vickers, finishing in 15.3 seconds. Coming in third was Shane Henderson with a time of 15.9 seconds.
Earning a score of 73, Jake Self led the pack in the bareback riding event, followed by Dustin Smith who scored a 74. They were followed by David Clapp, whose score of 70 put him in third.