Gomes wrangles national finals bid
The Nevada State Finals Rodeo is about one month away, but Fallon has its first national representative.
Jessica Gomes took third in girls cutting at the state finals in Elko last week and qualified for the National High School Finals Rodeo in Rock Springs, Wyo., in July.
The cutting event was held early this year due to the logisitics of securing the cattle necessary to hold the event.
Nevertheless, Fallon’s other cowboys and cowgirls still have time to move up the rankings before the state rodeo June 13-15 in Ely. The Junior High School Finals Rodeo is May 24-26 in Winnemucca.
Last weekend, Fallon’s cowboys and cowgirls competed at the Humboldt County High School Rodeo.
The Fallon boys dominated the team roping taking four of the top five spots in the first go on Saturday. Blain Jensen (header) and Jes Tews (heeler) won the event followed by Fallon’s Sam Goings (header) and partner Trase Bell in second.
Levi and Billy Quillan took third and Fallon’s Randall Angeles and Chance Bullock placed fifth. Levi Quillan won the rookie award after his solid outing.
On Sunday, Levi and Billy Quillan finished second, which clinched the average title and a buckle in team roping. Angeles and his partner placed fourth, while Jensen and Tews took ninth.
Billy Quillan also placed second in tie down roping on Saturday, which gave him enough points to win the boys all-around award. Goings placed seventh in tie down roping on Sunday.
In the junior high arena, Chloe Lambert placed third in breakaway on Saturday and ninth on Sunday.
Leighton Beyer won the girls goat tying on Saturday, while Jayme Waggoner placed fourth both days in breakaway. She took third in barrel racing on Saturday and sixth on Sunday.
In pole bending, Waggoner placed second on Saturday and ninth on Sunday. Matt Goings was fifth in boys breakaway on Saturday and fourth on Sunday.
In boys goat tying, Goings was second and fourth on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. He was victorious in chute dogging, which won him the average buckle for the weekend.
Mackay Spyrow (heeler) and team roping partner Jordan Taylor won the team roping average buckle at the Washoe High School and Jr. High rodeo on April 26-27 at the Ironwood Equestrian Center in Palomino Valley.
The duo placed fifth in the first go and second in the second go. Spyrow also placed eighth in tie down roping.
The Quillans took first in team roping in the second go, while Angeles placed eighth in team roping in the first go. Sam Goings took 10th in team roping and tie down roping in the first go.
Chloe Lambert led the way for the junior high athletes as she won the breakaway event in the first go and was third in girls goat tying in the second go.
Leighton Beyer placed ninth in barrels and 10th in girls goats in the second go. Waggoner placed fifth in barrel racing and girls goat tying in the first go, and fifth in pole bending in the second go.
Matt Goings was second in breakaway on in the first go and seventh in boys goat tying on in the second go.