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ZEKE THURSTON, Sheridan College: Thurston used a re ride option to improve his saddle bronc ride by 20 points and become just the sixth rider to cover three broncs.
But Tim Bingham had a pretty good answer. With one good arm, no less.
Kimzey and Bingham will have to sweat Benton if neither can cover a third bull during Saturday's short New Balance 670 Sea Blue go. But Bingham said Wednesday was the first day that's been good on bulls.
why I lucked out," Bingham said.
Panola College freshman Steven Campbell rode Frontier's Smoke Screen for 79 points on Wednesday, as four riders covered two bulls in three tries midway through the third go. Sam Houston State junior Trey Benton nearly joined that group but got off center in the back half of his ride on Bo Diddly (Frontier) and couldn't hang on. Benton should be back, thanks to his 85 point ride from the second go.
CODY GOERTZEN, Vernon College: Goertzen was deposited from his saddle bronc ride ear first into the Casper Events Center arena dirt.
Hill College bull rider guts out third go
YANCE DAY, Southwest Oklahoma State: After Day's bareback ride was announced as a no score, a technical error reversed the call and he was awarded a score of 71.5.
It was a similar story for Kimzey. New Balance Leadville 1210
Because Bingham, a junior at Hill College in Hillsboro, Tex., broke three bones in his right arm when he jumped off his first bull on Sunday. That ride, 83.5 points, was good for the first go title and during Tuesday's performance when the first go winners received their rings, Bingham's right arm was in sling.
In the second bull ride of Wednesday's performance at the College National Finals Rodeo, Southwestern Oklahoma State freshman Sage Kimzey posted an 85.5 point ride to take the lead in the third go and the average. But Bingham's 79.5 point ride seven nods later was more impressive.
Eight riders are left in the third go that have covered one bull through two.
TIM BINGHAM, Hill College: Bingham posted his second bull ride in three tries with a broken arm suffered in the first go to move into second in the average.
The good news? It wasn't his rigging hand.
When scouted his bull, Frontier's Nathan, he heard it spun "around to the right, which is into my hand." Kimzey put the ride together to take the lead in the go and the average (166 on two).
While Bingham and bull riders in general may have a different definition of luck, he was pretty darn good on Frontier Rodeo Company's Harlem Nights. Bingham said the bull had perfect timing.
TREY BENTON, Sam Houston State: Benton tried to save his bull ride aboard Frontier Rodeo Company's Bo Diddly to no avail and failed to get a second ride through three rounds.
CASEY MEROSHNEKOFF, West Hills College: Meroshnekoff looked like he had a ride until Let's Ride (Frontier) reversed directions and dumped him at the 7.52 second mark.
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"That's why I rode him so good I just had to sit there on that bull," said Bingham, who has 163 on two and sits second in the average and the go. "Them kind of bulls, the less you do, the better New Balance Vazee Prism Review
UHURU ADEM, Fresno State: Adem was ejected off the back of his saddle bronc ride to post his second no score of the week.
"I knew it was going to be a good matchup," Kimzey said. "I just needed to do my job and everything would work out fine."
SAGE KIMZEY, Southwest Oklahoma State: Kimzey tied for the best bull ride of the week with his 85 point trip on Wednesday to take the lead in the average and the go.
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