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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Cassie Kayser quick in first breakaway go at national rodeo

 

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Centerville's Cassie Kayser is shown competing in the breakaway roping event at the National High School Finals Rodeo in Rock Springs, Wyoming.

Centerville's Cassie Kayser opened the National High School Finals Rodeo with a strong run in her first go of the breakaway roping, posting a blazing 2.76 second time which ranks as one of her fastest runs this season.

After four rounds of the breakaway from Sunday through Tuesday which saw 54 cowgirls record times, Kayser sat in seventh place in the event, although her time wasn't far off the leader. As of Tuesday afternoon, North Dakota's Morgan Foss was in the top slot in the breakaway at 2.34 seconds.

She is making her second straight appearance at the NHSFR, which is the world's largest rodeo and has more than 1,650 competitors. Kayser had her first go in the breakaway Monday morning, posting a sub three second time for the second time this rodeo season. Her 2.76 time on Monday trails just her 2.5 second run earlier this season in Longview.

Kayser isn't the only Klickitat County competitor in Wyoming. She is joined by her brother, Curtis Kayser, Lane Siebert, Justin Slater and Courtney Tatro.

Siebert is making his first appearance at nationals and competing in two events.

He and partner Grady Adams of Yakima recorded a 13.3 second time in their first go in the team roping event, and are up again for their second go on Saturday morning.

Siebert also is competing in the light rifle and shot on Tuesday although results weren't available when the papers were sent out.

Tatro also is making her nationals debut and joined Siebert in the light rifle event Tuesday, but also recorded a score of 265.5 in the reined cow horse event on Sunday, placing her around the middle of the pack. Her second go in the event is set for Friday.

Justin Slater, after finishing as Washington's reserve champ in the saddle bronc event, competed in the same event today in Wyoming.

Curtis Kayser is competing in two events, but missed recording a score in his first go in the tie down roping on Monday, and has his second go on Friday.

He also is competing in the team roping with partner Lance Mills and are set to compete today.

For all events, the top 20 finishers after both goes – based on their combined times/scores in the first two rounds – advance to Saturday evening's final round, where they'll have the chance to compete for a world championship.

 

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