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Stanton Wins Bull Riding in 5th Round

December 11, 2002

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LAS VEGAS (AP) _ Vince Stanton of Weiser, Idaho, had a 91-point ride on Harry Vold’s Charlie Brown Smokeless on Tuesday night to win the fifth round of bull riding in the National Finals Rodeo.

The win, his second in the 10-round NFR, pulled Stanton within $6,003 of world leader Myron Duarte of Auburn, Wash., who was bucked off in the fifth round.

``I thought I could do pretty well tonight,″ Stanton said. ``Every time someone rides that bull they get in the 80s. He normally goes to the left, but this time he went to the right.″

Blue Stone of Ogden, Utah, the fourth-round winner, was second with a 90, and Jason Legler of Eaton, Colo., and Colby Yates of Azle, Texas, had 86s.

``I just need to keep doing the same things,″ said Stanton, who has ridden only two of five bulls but has two firsts. ``I just want to win every night out.

``I’m just trying to stay aggressive. If you start thinking about winning a buckle, you can get cautious. I’d rather win all 10 rounds and have someone else win the buckle.″

In bareback riding, Cody Jessee of John Day, Ore., won with an 89. World leader Bobby Mote of Redmond, Ore., and Darren Clarke of Denton, Texas, tied for second at 86.

Dan Erickson of La Junta, Colo., won the saddle bronc with an 88. World leader Dan Mortensen of Billings, Mont., Scott Johnston of Gustine, Texas, and Steve Dollarhide of Wikieup, Ariz., split second with 84s.

In steer wrestling, Rod Lyman of Victor, Mont., had a 3.8- second run to win the round. Luke Branquinho of Los Alamos, Calif., and Bryan Fields of Conroe, Texas, had 3.9s.

Jerome Schneeberger of Ponca City, Okla., won calf roping with a 7.5-second run. Ricky Canton of Cleveland, Texas, was second in 7.6 seconds and Blair Burk of Durant, Okla., followed in 7.8.

In team roping, Frank Graves of Poplarville, Miss., and Allen Bach of Millsap, Texas, won the round with a 4.1-second run. Travis Tryan of Billings, Mont., and Matt Zancanella of Aurora, S.D., were second in 4.4 seconds.

Kelly Kaminski of Bellville, Texas, won the barrel racing with a time of 13.94 seconds. Janae Ward of Addington, Okla., was second at 14.03 seconds.

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