GUTHRIE, Okla. – The second round of the Timed Event Championship featured fast times, wild runs and possibly a season-ending injury to a reigning world champion.
Two-time winner Daniel Green came through Day 1 of the three-day, five-round “Ironman” Event of ProRodeo atop the leaderboard, scoring a cumulative time of 112.4 seconds through 10 runs. He also posted the second-fastest round so far on Friday night with a 51.0, just half a second behind Jess Tierney.
“It’s good to have a good first day because you build confidence from there instead of having to start over,” said Green, who has competed in the Timed Event every year but once since 1995. “I feel like the first round that everything went good but the steer wrestling. This round, everything went great except for the steer roping. It didn’t go that bad, but we’ll take it. It’s in the books.”
Meanwhile, two-time and reigning PRCA World Champion header Chad Masters is likely out of the competition. Members of the Lazy E Sportsmedicine crew reported that he suffered a serious knee injury while trying to wrestle his steer Friday night.
Because of his solid finish to opening day, Tierney moved into a tie for second place with Trell Etbauer. Both men stand at 115.8 seconds, just a 10th of a second ahead of Landon McClaugherty.
“The rounds have never been my deal here,” Tierney said. “I knew tonight I had some really good steers. I told my partner if we could get through those first three events, then I’d have the chance at the round with the steer I had in bulldogging. I’m pretty stoked.”
McClaugherty is having one of his strongest runs at the Lazy E since he’s been part of the competition.
“I feel pretty confident,” he said. “The only thing I need to do different is break the barrier right there. Just stay aggressive and keep roping.”
Like many, McClaugherty loves the competition, primarily because it takes a solid all-around cowboy to excel.
“This is lots of fun,” he said. “This is the best event there is.”
It’s also one of the most prestigious. Remaining performances are noon and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.
“It’s just the ultimate cowboy event for a timed event guy,” Green said. “The biggest competition here is the course. You get some momentum going, and that helps.”
The 2013 Timed Event Championship is a Lazy E Production. For more information on the Timed Event Championship or other Lazy E events, contact the Lazy E Arena, 9600 Lazy E Drive, Guthrie, OK 73044, (405) 282-RIDE, (800) 595-RIDE .
AVERAGE LEADERS: 1. Daniel Greeen, 112.4 seconds through two rounds; 2. Trell Etbauer and Jess Tierney, 115.8; 4. Landon McClaugherty, 115.9; 5. Dustin Bird, 125.9; 6. JoJo LeMond, 127.1; 7. Erich Rogers, 130.2; 8. Spencer Mitchell, 137.3.
FASTEST ROUND LEADERS: 1. Jess Tierney, 50.5 seconds; 2. Daniel Green 51.0; 3. JoJo LeMond, 52.9; 4. Clayton Hass, 54.5; 5. Spencer Mitchell, 55.5; 6. Trevor Brazile, 55.8.
ROUND 2: 1. Jess Tierney, 50.5 seconds; 2. Daniel Green 51.0; 3. JoJo LeMond, 52.9; 4. Spencer Mitchell, 55.5; 5. Landon McClaugherty, 58.0; 6. Paul David Tierney, 62.2.
ROUND 1: 1. Clayton Hass, 54.4 seconds; 2 Trevor Brazile, 55.8; 3. Trell Etbauer, 57.7; 4. Landon McClaugherty, 57.9; 5. Mike Outhier, 58.4; 6. Dustin Bird, 60.3.