RAPID CITY, S.D. - Trevor Brazile has had a pretty good rodeo year, and an awfully good week.
The West Texas A&M student, who trails only six-time world champ Ty Murray in the PRCA all-around standings, took the lead in the third round of calf roping Thursday at the College National Finals Rodeo.
This after he won the second round of the calf roping and team roping. He heels for Jason Stewart of Blue Mountain Community College, who's also in contention for the all-around title.
Brazile is the current PRCA leader in steer roping, an event not contested in college rodeo.
Rachael Myllymaki of Arlee, the defending national champion in barrel racing, led the third round after a run of 11.88 seconds.
The round ends tonight. The top 12 in each event after three rounds qualify for Saturday night's final round.
Jason Harris of the University of Montana was quickly bucked off his third bull Thursday. He was one of only four bullriders to post two scores in the first two rounds. Harris, from Helena, is still in good position to qualify for the final round. Only two men rode all three bulls.
UM's Buddy Dolan failed to score in bareback riding and Reed Trexler was thrown from his bull. Bryant Mikkelson of UM and C.B. Wagner of Montana State caught their steer in team roping, but a five-second penalty for catching just one hock kept them out of the money.
Amanda Fox of Montana didn't compete Thursday but she stood third in the average in goat tying. Fox, from Kalispell, is almost assured of qualifying for the final night performance.
Through two rounds Panhandle State of Oklahoma led the men's team scores with 372 points. Dickinson State of North Dakota was second with 322, followed by College of Southern Idaho (275).
Western Texas College leads the womenwith 200 points, followed by defending champion Weber State at 190; Lewis-Clark State College with 155. and Western Montana with 152.
No further results from Thursday's performance were available at press time.