SHERIDAN — Arvada’s Bryce Burnell is a National High School Finals Rodeo bull riding champion.
After winning the Wyoming state bull riding title this season and qualifying for the NHSFR in Rock Springs, Burnell’s 225 points on three rides last week earned him the national title.
He was fourth after one round with his first ride, a 76, putting him high on the leaderboard. He rode a 67 in his second go-round Thursday evening, putting him through to the short go Saturday. His 82 wasn’t the best score during Saturday’s short round — Laramie Mosely of Sublette, Kan., had an 85 — but was enough to win him the average by a good margin (31 points better than second place). Burnell was the only Wyoming high school athlete to win a national title in 2013.
Cameron Irwin (Buffalo) and Weston Mann (Sheridan) took 12th in the final team roping average with a 19.55 on two.
Jeffery Zdziarski was 14th in the bareback average with 130 on two. He had 58-point ride Friday morning after setting himself up high among the first round leaders with a 72 earlier in the week. Rapid City’s Shane O’Connel took the national title with 212 on three. Rock Springs hosted the 65th annual NHSFR, which brought 1,500 competitors from all over the world.
Information courtesy of National High School Rodeo Association.