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SHERIDAN — Devan Reilly took the second best bareback ride of the week and the short-go Saturday night during the College National Rodeo finale.
The Sheridan native and Gillette College cowboy Reilly’s 81-point ride was second only to his teammate Casey Breuer’s 81.5 earlier in the week and put him impressively close to a national title. Coming up with 292.5 points, Reilly finished seventh in the average at his first CNFR. The national title winner carried 304.5 points.
For Sheridan College, Zeke Thurston was bucked off his saddle bronc horse in the championship round. His horse flew across the arena and he hit against the railing as he was bucked off. After covering his first three rides, the SC freshman finished 1oth in the average.
After a slow start missing a score in his first two bull rides, Taygen Schuelke scored a 59-point ride in his final attempt. While he didn’t qualify for the short go, he finished 19th in the average during his first trip to the CNFR.
Jordan Thurston-Miller of Gillette College, goat tying, was the only athlete from a Wyoming college or university to win a national title.
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