ROCK SPRINGS, Wy. (KMVT/KSVT) Jerome's Breck Ward and Georgetown's Trae Smith won the National High School Finals Rodeo in team roping. Smith is the world champion in tie–down roping as well.
Ward wanted a time around 5.5 seconds going into the short–go. They scored a 5.99, holding off teams from New Mexico and Utah who were also gunning for the title.
"Me and Trae, we've been buddies for a long time. It's good roping with a buddy. All those guys roped really good. And we drew a good steer in the short round. Trae did a good job heading that steer real fast so we could set ourselves up to do better," Ward explained.
Ward is going to be a senior this year, but Smith already graduated. So Ward will have a new partner in 2019.
Meanwhile, Oakley's Aubryn Bedke and Tate Cranney finished third and fourth respectively in their cutting events.
The incoming seniors have been friends since they were little.
Cranney featured two performances this past week where he led the pack. While Bedke had one performance where she boasted the best score of the group.