LAS VEGAS — Clay Tryan wanted to see the replay.
“That run felt terrible,” said the Billings team roper.
The replay would have shown him he was just fine.
Tryan rescued trouble at the start for him and partner Jade Corkill to share first place in the eighth round of team roping at the National Finals Rodeo Thursday night.
The 10-performance, $10 million rodeo at The Thomas and Mack Center continues through Saturday. The NFR will determine the 2017 year-end world champions.
Tryan and Corkill shared first place with Luke Brown and Jake Long, both roping pairs posting times of 4.1 seconds for $23,480 each.
Ty Erickson of Helena was solid again, sharing fifth place in the steer wrestling with a time of 4.4 seconds for another $5,500. Erickson continues to lead the average and leads the world standings with $235,767. Tyler Pearson, Erickson’s closest pursuer in the world title race, was 5.5 seconds on Thursday. Erickson leads Pearson by 1.1 seconds in the average with two rounds remaining.
While Erickson tries to preserve his lead, it’s a different approach for Tryan and Corkill.
Out of the world title race and out of the average, the pair are pushing the envelope for go-round wins.
The two also shared first place in the fifth round and were third in the sixth. The pair also had no times in three rounds and a five-second penalty in the fourth.
“We’re going for first every night,” said Tryan, a three-time world champion. “I haven’t done that for a long time. When you’re trying for a world title, there’s the average … there are so many other variables involved.”
Pushing the barrier, Tryan found himself next to the steer instead of in front.
“I felt like I was right on top of him,” Tryan said. “I had to reach back and pulled him. I don’t know how I caught him.”
Tryan and Corkill have still managed to earn $72,615 at the NFR.
“I like it that the old guy can still go fast if I want,” said the 38-year-old Tryan with a smile.
In other events:
Lisa Lockhart picked up her fifth NFR check, placing fifth in the barrel racing with a time of 13.93 seconds for $6,769. The Circle native has earned $59,711 in Las Vegas and has climbed to third in the average.
Amberleigh Moore won the round in 13.54 seconds.
Ryder Wright of Milford, Utah was a round-record 92 points aboard Show Me again, owned by Powder River Rodeo Company to win the saddle bronc riding. The previous record for the eighth round was 89.5 points by Billy Etbauer in 2004. Etbauer, a five-time world champion, was in the crowd Thursday night.
The 19-year old Wright leads the world standings and has earned $147,923 with his third go-round win of the NFR.
CoBurn Bradshaw, of Beaver, Utah, was fourth with 87 points and bumped Brody Cress out of first in the average standings.
Cress, of Hillsdale, Wyoming, was 83 points. Cress, sixth in the world standings, trails Bradshaw by one point in the average.
Richmond Champion won the bareback round with 88 points.
J.R. Vezain, of Melstone, was 85 points for $8,884. Vezain has earned $54,634 at the NFR and has climbed to third in the average.
Caleb Smidt and Cory Solomon shared first place in tie-down roping with times of 7.6 seconds for $23,480.
Trevor Brazile added $5,500 to his all-around standings by sharing fifth place. However, Brazile is ninth in the average while Tuf Cooper, chasing his brother-in-law, is second in the tie-down roping average.
Jordan Hansen won the bull riding with 86 points. There were only four qualified rides with Joe Frost pulling within 11.5 points of Sage Kimzey in the average. Both have covered six bulls.