A year ago at the National High School Finals Rodeo, Kaytlyn Miller helped lead Utah to the girls’ team championship while winning all-around cowgirl honors.
The 2016 finals just might end the same way.
Through Wednesday’s morning performance at the NHSFR, Miller sat atop the all-around cowgirl standings, bolstered by top-20 showings so far in three events, to lead Utah’s charge into first place in the team standings.
Heading into Wednesday’s evening show at the CAM-PLEX in the northern Wyoming city of Gillette, the Utah girls had 1,085 points. Colorado was second with 935 points.
Neola cowgirl Rylee White has played a big role in Utah’s success. She leads the race for all-around rookie cowgirl, won last year by Miller, and was fourth in pole bending. She’s third in the all-around behind Miller and Idaho cowgirl Shawnee Sherwood.
Miller, a sophomore from Dammeron Valley who attends Enterprise High School, also won the national breakaway roping title last year during her NHSFR debut.
The Utah boys were in fifth place heading into the final six performances, trailing Texas, Idaho, Oklahoma and Louisiana. Ryder and Stetson, the latest in the long line of standout cowboys from Milford’s Wright family, were second and fourth, respectively, in saddle bronc riding.
The Kanarraville brother-and-sister team of Kagen and McKenna Coronado were sitting 18th and 49th, respectively, in cutting.
The NHSFR runs through Saturday night. To track results, go online to http://www.nhsra.com/2016-nhsfr-performance-results/.