GUTHRIE, Okla. – The final round of the 2017 CINCH Timed Event Championship is going to be a dogfight.
Five men are within 22 seconds of each other as they race for the $100,000 first-place prize, with reigning champ Paul David Tierney leading the way. He has roped, tied and wrestled 20 animals in a cumulative time of 251.7 seconds.
Trevor Brazile moved from first to fifth after a disastrous steer wrestling run but his aggregate time is 273.4. In between are runner-up Clay Smith, Jess Tierney and Josh Peek. Of the top five, three have claimed this title before – Brazile owns the most with seven, while Paul Tierney has two and Peek has one.
“A lot of things can happen,” Paul Tierney said. “You’ve just got to keep it smooth and snare those bulldogging steers.”
Brazile had a 20-second lead over the field heading into steer wrestling. When the steer escaped his grasp, the Texan sprinted the length of the Lazy E Arena, gathered his horse, jumped onto the steer along the west wall and downed it in 55.1 seconds. He remains in contention.
“I think it makes it funner, keeps you more competitive and trying a little harder,” Paul Tierney said of the battle for the title. “You sometimes get to laying off, and you make mistakes that way. I like it this way.”
Peek turned in the fastest round time so far this weekend when he stopped the clock five times in 49.6 seconds to win the fourth go-round. He added $3,000 to his earnings. More importantly, he felt good about how he competed Saturday night.
“I haven’t done what I normally do at this event,” said Peek, the 2010 champ. “I’ve just tried to sit back and make smooth runs, and that’s not my style. My style is to be aggressive, know my talent and use it.
“This is a great confidence-builder for me going into tomorrow.”
Third round: 1. Paul David Tierney, 53.0 seconds, $3,000; 2. Jess Tierney, 62.1, $2,000; 3. Trevor Brazile, 63.0, $1,000.
Fourth round: 1. Josh Peek, 49.6, $3,000; 2. Shay Carroll, 59.1, $2,000; 3. Paul David Tierney, 61.1, $1,000
Average leaders: 1. Paul David Tierney, 251.7; 2. Clay Smith, 261.3; 3. Jess Tierney, 266.9; 4. Josh Peek, 267.7; 5. Trevor Brazile, 273.4.