Team ropers Garrett Tonozzi and Dustin Davis knew they needed a consistent run Thursday night if they had a chance to win the Dodge City Roundup Rodeo.

"Honestly, we were trying to be 6.0 twice," Davis said, referring to time in seconds. "Luckily, we beat that by a little bit."

The tandem leads the first round with a 5.5-second run they had during Thursday morning’s competition. They were 5.7 in the second round, where they sit third, and lead the average with a cumulative time of 11.2 seconds.

At Roundup Rodeo, every timed event contestant competes in two rounds on the same day. Each contestant (or team) will compete in the morning in what’s deemed as "slack," meaning excess competition. The top 10 times then return for the evening performances. Both cowboys knew they had a good chance when they were ready to compete in the performance.

"We got to watch our steer go this morning, and we knew he was good," said Davis, of Terrell, Texas. "At a rodeo like this, you know it’s easy to make the short round, so you just want to get two down."

Each cowboy and cowgirl will compete in the four preliminary days of the rodeo, with the top 12 in the standings after Saturday night advancing to Sunday’s championship round. Davis and Tonozzi are in an outstanding position to make that happen.

"At a rodeo like this, the setup is a little more different, and the steers are fresher this year," said Tonozzi, a Colorado-born header now living in Lampasas, Texas. "We were just looking to make sharp runs on both ends. I just tried to go turn the steer, set him up for my partner to finish it off fast."

The two have been roping together all season, and it’s been good. A strong finish here would be a great way to start the final two months of the 2019 regular season

"Dustin ropes great, his horse is great and we’re dang sure on the same page," Tonozzi said. "Winning this would mean a lot to me. I remember coming here as a little kid with my grandad one time and watching everyone roping in the big slack. I’ve always loved this rodeo."

He’s showing it this year.

 

DODGE CITY ROUNDUP RODEO

July 31-Aug. 4

Bareback riding leaders

1. Tilden Hooper, 87.5 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Medicine Show; 2. Leighton Berry 85; 3. (tie) Zach Hibler and Logan Patterson, 84; 5. Mason Clements, 82.5; 6. Paden Hurst, 82; 7. Wyatt Bloom, 78.5; 8. Yance Day, 76.

Steer wrestling

First round leaders: 1. Aaron Vosler, 3.7 seconds; 2. Dakota Eldridge, 3.8; 3. (tie) Clayton Hass, Tyler Waguespack and Nick Guy, 3.9 each; 6. (tie) Kyle Irwin and Will Lummus, 4.3; 8. Tom Uttermark, 4.6.

Second round leaders: 1. Nick Guy, 3.7 seconds; 2. (tie) Dakota Eldridge and J.D. Struxness, 3.9; 4. Tyler Pearson, 4.2; 5. Brody Cleveland, 5.2; 6. Kalane Anders, 5.3; 7. Billy Boldon, 5.6; 8. (tie) Kyle Irwin and Dean Stermer, 5.7.

Average leaders: 1. Nick Guy, 7.6 seconds on two runs; 2. Dakota Eldridge, 7.7; 3. Clayton Hass, 9.7; 4. Kyle Irwin, 10.0; 5. J.D. Struxness, 10.9; 6. Dean Stermer, 11.3; 7. Brody Cleveland, 12.5; 8. Maverick Harper, 14.1; 9. Riley Krassin, 15.9; 10. Cody Doescher, 16.5; 11. Tom Uttermark, 20.0; 12. Jacob Talley, 28.6.

Team roping

First round leaders: 1. Garrett Tonozzi/Dustin Davis, 5.5 seconds; 2. Lane Ivy/Cesar de la Cruz, 6.5; 3. J.D. Yates/Trey Yates, 6.6; 4. Clayton Van Aken/Cullen Teller, 6.8; 5. Nick Becker/Dawson McMaster, 7.1; 6. Coy Rahlmann/Ryan Von Ahn, 7.3; 7. Butch Levell, 7.7; 8. Charly Crawford/Logan Medlin, 9.7.

Second round leaders: 1. Nick Becker/Dawson McMaster, 5.3 seconds; 2. Clayton Van Aken/Cullen Teller, 5.6; 3. Garrett Tonozzi/Dustin Davis, 5.7; 4. Butch Levell/J.W. Beck, 9.5; 5. Chace Thompson/Tyson Thompson, 10.2; 6. Coy Rahlmann/Ryan Von Ahn, 11.6; 7. Jake Orman/Tyler McKnight, 14.8; no other qualified runs.

Average leaders: 1. Garrett Tonozzi/Dustin Davis, 11.2 seconds on two runs; 2. Clayton Van Aken/Cullen Teller, 12.4; 3. Nick Becker/Dawson McMaster, 12.4; 3. Butch Levell/J.W. Beck, 17.2; 5. Coy Rahlmann/Ryan Von Ahn, 18.9; 6. Lane Ivy/Cesar de la Cruz, 6.5 seconds on one run; 7. J.D. Yates/Trey Yates, 6.6; 8. Charly Crawford/Logan Medlin, 9.7; 9. Chace Thompson/Tyson Thompson, 10.2; 10. Pace Freed/Dustin Searcy, 10.8; 11. Tyler Wade/Billie Jack Saebens, 11.5; 12. Tanner Baldwin/Nano Garza, 11.6.

Saddle bronc riding leaders

1. Tegan Smith, 87 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Bordertown; 2. Jacobs Crawley, 86; 3. Wade Sundell, 84.5; 4. Dean Wadsworth, 82.5; 5. Dalton Kingery, 82; 6. (tie) Logan Cook and Sterling Crawley, 81; 8. Shorty Garrett, 80.5.

Tie-down roping

First round leaders: 1. Adam Gray, 9.0 seconds; 2. Ryan Thibodeaux, 9.2; 3. Colt Papy, 10.3; 4. Trell Etbauer, 10.8; 5. Chase Williams, 11.0; 6. (tie) Trent Creager and Clay McCuistion, 12.4; 8, Luke Potter, 12.5.

Second round leaders: 1. Westyn Hughes, 9.6 seconds; 2. Adam Gray, 9.7; 3. Garrett Busby, 10.0; 4. Colt Papy, 10.1; 5. Trell Etbauer, 10.3; 6. (tie) Trent Creager and Luke Potter, 10.3; 8. Anthony Jordan, 11.2.

Average leaders: 1. Adam Gray, 18.7 seconds on two runs; 2. Colt Papy, 20.4; 3. Trell Etbauer, 21.0; 4. Trent Creager, 22.7; 5. Luke Potter, 22.8; 6. Westyn Hughes, 22.9; 7. Ryan Thibodeaux, 24.1; 8. Cole Bailey, 30.8; 9. Garrett Busby, 10.0; 10. Chase Williams, 11.0; 11. Anthony Jordan, 11.2; 12. Luke Madsen, 12.1.

Barrel racing

First round leaders: 1. Michelle Darling, 16.70 seconds; 2. Cindy Smith, 17.24; 3. Jeanne Anderson, 17.32; 4. Sara Cheeney, 17.37; 5. Kiley Dalchow, 17.40; 6. Maggie Carter, 17.49; 7. Amber Scales, 17.50; 8. Leia Pluemer, 17.53; 9. Haley Nida, 17.54; 10. Tierra Gray, 17.61.

Second round leaders: 1. Jessica Routier, 16.93 seconds; 2. Shannnon Lillard, 17.01; 3. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, $17.28; 4. Michelle Darling, 17.29; 5. Molly Childers, 17.36; 6. Ivy Hurst, 17.38; 7. Kiley Dalchow, 17.40; 8. Sara Cheeney, 17.42; 9. Maggie Carter, 17.43; 10. Jeanne Anderson, 17.44.

Average leaders: 1. Michelle Darling, 33.99 seconds on two runs; 2. Jeanne Anderson, 34.76; 3. Shannon Lillard, 34.77; 4. Sara Cheeney, 34.79; 5. Kiley Dalchow, 34.92; 6. Maggie Carter, 34.92; 7. Haley Nida, 35.02; 8. Amber Scales, 35.05; 9. Leia Pluemer, 35.18; 10. Suzanne Brooks, 35.29; 11. Ivy Hurst, 35.35; 12. Jessi Wade, 35.42.

Bull riding leaders

1. Koby Radley, 87 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Master Charge; 2. Stetson Wright, 86; 3. Wyatt Rogers, 85.5; 4. Hayden Harris, 84.5; 5. Elijah Mora, 83; 6. Cordell Curtis, 83; 7. Jeff Askey, 81; 8. Cody Keathley, 80.5.