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FORT COLLINS, Colorado ” Inclement weather led to I-70 closures on Vail Pass and at the Eisenhower Tunnel but didn’t stop local high school rodeo athletes from competing in Fort Collins on Saturday and Sunday. Even alternate routes of travel lead to victory at the B.W. Pickett Equine Center at Colorado State University for Northwestern Colorado High School Rodeo Club Members.

Rifle’s C.J. Vondette owned the CSU arena, besting 80 other competitors each day to take the barrel racing win. Running near the end of the event on Sunday, she knew the time to beat was a 15.133, just a shade faster than her winning run of 15.185 on Saturday. She came blazing in and stopped the timer with a smoking fast 14.862, the fastest run of the weekend.

The two top finishes moved Vondette to the No. 3 three ranking in the state. She continues to be ranked near the top of the pole bending standings as well, currently sitting third in that event. Competing in barrel racing, pole bending and breakaway roping, Vondette is in sixth position in the girls all-around standings.



Leading the boys all-around standings, Cody Miles continues to be the one to watch. The Miles family, from Parachute, was turned back at Vail on Friday night due to the I-70 closure and forced to reroute and go up through Cheyenne, Wyo., to reach the northern Colorado rodeo.

The change in travel plans did nothing to dampen the will to win, and both Miles brothers arrived on campus ready to rodeo. Cody would see a win in Sunday’s steer wrestling, a fourth-place finish in the tie down roping, second in the team roping with younger brother Tyler and a fifth in the bull riding. Cody is the top-ranked steer wrestler in Colorado as well as the reigning and current all-around leader.



Tyler Miles, also competing in the rough stock and timed events, is currently ranked fourth in the state in the all-around race. In addition to placing in the team roping with brother Cody on Saturday, Tyler racked up points of his own placing third in the steer wrestling on Sunday. Tyler sits fifth in the state in steer wrestling as well as third in the state team roping standings and sixth in the saddle bronc riding standings.

Cody Carnahan, also of Parachute, competed in his first high school rodeo of the season in Fort Collins. Carnahan would tie up an eighth-place finish in the tie down calf roping on Sunday as well as a fifth-place finish in the team roping partnered with Kolten Haas. Carnahan, a fixture at local Little Britches rodeos and team ropings, found his first high school rodeo experience to be a positive one.

CSHSRA athletes next travel to the Latigo Trails Heritage Center in Elbert for this weekend’s installment of the 2007-08 rodeo season. Further information on upcoming rodeos, results, standings, photos and more see the CSHSRA website at http://www.cshsra.org.


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