Holly Hayworth of Western Montana College took the early lead in two events Thursday night on the opening night of the University of Montana rodeo at the Western Montana Fairgrounds.
Hayworth had the fastest barrel racing time by more than a second and tied her goat in 10.1 seconds. The first round continues Friday with slack at 11 a.m. and the second performance at 7:30 p.m. The championship round begins at noon on Saturday. A bull-o-rama is on tap for 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Host UM had one leader after Thursday's round. Freshman Kirby Watt, in her first rodeo in front of the home crowd, posted a time of 3.3 seconds in breakaway roping. Shonda Schallenberger of Hamilton, a freshman at Miles Community College, was next fastest at 3.9.
Only one bull rider lasted eight seconds. Cody Buller of Dawson Community College, who has already clinched the Big Sky Region title, marked a 68.
Leaders after Thursday's performance
Teams: Dawson Community College, Miles Community College, Montana State University, Northern Montana College, Northwest College, University of Montana, Western Montana College.
Bareback - Andy Bolich, MSU, 74; Theron Paulsen, WMC, 69; Casey Bachand, DCC, 68. Only qualified rides.
Saddle bronc - Matt Mangis, WMC, 75; J.T. Robbins, WMC, 71; Doug Kallenberger, NMC, 71; Beau Franzen, DCC, 69. Only qualified rides.
Bull riding - Cody Buller, DCC, 68. Only qualified rides.
Steer wrestling - Troy Solomon, MSU, 4.5; Travis Burian, DCC, 6.0; Jess Langston, WMC, 7.1; Travis Taruscio, UM, 7.3; Rhett Harber, WMC, 8.5.
Calf roping - Ross Wagner, WMC, 13.3; Beau Franzen, DCC, 13.5; Matt Moorman, NWC, 14.0; Rhett Harber, WMC, 15.7.
Team roping - Jaley Wacker-Doug Kallenberger, NMC, 8.3; Logan Lund-Justin McPherson, MCC, 24.2.
Barrel racing - Holly Hayworth, WMC, 17.62; Krist Mensik, WMC, 18.77; Tracey Currey, MSU, 19.06; Carrie Plymale, WMC, 19.33; Mindy Henderson, NMC, 19.80; Elaine Coller, UM, 19.82.
Breakaway roping - Kirby Watt, UM, 3.3; Shonda Schallenberger, MCC, 3.9; Bobbi Jean Jones, MSU, 4.3; Jessie Harrel, NWC, 5.0.
Goat tying - Holly Hayworth, WMC, 10.1; Bobbi Jean Jones, MSU, 10.3; Heather McDowell, WMC, 10.4; Carrie Smith, WMC, 10.7; Janci Hannen, WMC, 11.1; Hillary Lusse, UM, 11.6; Kirby Watt, UM, 12.0.