Yellowstone River Roundup

Jason Evans competes in the steer wrestling event at the Yellowstone River Roundup rodeo at MontanaFair at MetraPark this past August.

CASEY PAGE, Gazette Staff

MULVANE, Kan. — Jason Evans will be the second cowboy from Powder River County chasing a world title this week.

Evans, formerly of Biddle, leads the world standings going into the PRCA National Finals Steer Roping at the Kansas Star Arena.

The 10-round event, which determines the 2017 world champion, begins on Friday.

This is Evans' sixth NFSR. He finished fourth overall in 2016. Last year, Evans won round seven and placed in seven rounds at the event.

Evans, 47, won $84,156 for 2017 and has a lead of $5,222 over Vin Fisher Jr, of Andrews, Texas. Less than $20,000 separates the top five in the world standings.

Evans, of Glen Rose, Texas, won or shared steer roping titles at five rodeos this past year, including Baker. He was also the all-around champion for the PRCA Sheridan WYO Rodeo this past July. Evans also finished second in steer roping at San Antonio, Texas, for $10,967.

The graduate of Broadus High School was the College National Finals Rodeo tie-down roping champion for Sam Houston State in 1990. He won the title when the CNFR was held in Bozeman.

Evans was also the Montana high school state steer wrestling champion in 1988 and the state team roping champion in 1987.

He won the National Circuit Steer Roping Finals in 2015 and the steer roping at the Pendleton Round-Up in 2014.