Thigpen holds on to CTEC lead

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Justin Thigpen dismounts his horse during Saturday afternoon's third round, which he won in 52.6 seconds. He also leads the average. (PHOTO BY JAMES PHIFER)

GUTHRIE, Okla. – Justin Thigpen continues to be impressive during his first CINCH Timed Event Championship.

The all-around hand from Waycross, Georgia, posted a 52.6-second round to win the third performance, worth an additional $3,000. He also extended his lead in the average, having roped, tied and wrestled 15 animals in 200.4 seconds, almost 29 seconds faster than the No. 2 man, Clayton Hass.

Hass, a three-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier, also finished second in the go-round, finishing in 60.4 seconds. Those are the top two fastest rounds so far through the three rounds of the “Ironman of ProRodeo.”

The story in the Jr. Ironman continues to be Kansas cowboy Trevor Meier, who has a cumulative time of 107.3 seconds after eight runs. He has four more runs to make during the final round Sunday morning.

Saturday’s second round was controlled by Hilo Yazzie, who set a Jr. Ironman record with a 39.0-second round. For that, the New Mexico cowboy pocketed $1,000. He also moved to No. 3 in the average with a cumulative time of 131.2 seconds. Should he remain in that spot when the event concludes, he would add $2,000; the winner will earn $10,000, with $5,000 going to the runner-up.

Third round: 1. Justin Thigpen, 52.6 seconds, $3,000; 2. Clayton Hass, 60.4, $2,000; 3. Rhen Richard, 61.1, $1,000.
Average leaders:
1. Justin Thigpen, 200.4 seconds; 2. Clayton Hass, 229.2; 3. Jordan Ketscher, 254.7; 4 Jess Tierney, 257.9; 5. K.C. Jones, 267.4; 6. Paul David Tierney, 270.9; 7. Marcus Theriot, 282.2; 8. Erich Rogers, 283.4.
Jr. Ironman second round: 1. Hiyo Yazzi, 39.0 seconds, $1,000; 2. Tyler West, 49.3; 3. Trevor Meier, 57.5.

Jr. Ironman average leaders: 1. Trevor Meier, 107.3 seconds; 2. Dillon ones, 118.3; 3. Hiyo Yazzi, 131.2.

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Peter Todd / March 10, 2019

Can’t wait to get the video in Australia It’s one of the fastest TEC I’ve ever seen. Great talent

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