Darnell and Henry qualify for National Junior High Finals Rodeo

Pictured left-right are: Blake Henry, Caleb Hilliker, and Morgan Darnell who competed at the Nebraska State Jr. High School Finals over the weekend. Pictured left-right are: Blake Henry, Caleb Hilliker, and Morgan Darnell who competed at the Nebraska State Jr. High School Finals over the weekend.

The Nebraska State Jr. High School Finals were held in McCook, Nebraska on May 22, and 23. Blake Henry, Caleb Hilliker and Morgan Darnell all competed. In the first go round, Blake Henry was first in the chute dogging with a time of 2.31 seconds. Blake and Marshall Still from Callaway, Nebraska, placed 8th in the team roping. Caleb Hilliker placed 9th in the boys breakaway roping with a time of 7.0 seconds. Caleb and Ty Richardson of Ainsworth, Nebraska placed 7th in the team roping. Morgan Darnell placed 8th in the girls breakaway roping. 

In the second go round Morgan Darnell placed third in the girls breakaway roping with a time of 4.0 seconds. Blake Henry placed 3rd in the chute dogging with a time of 2.62 seconds, 5th in the boys goat tying and 2nd in the ribbon roping. Caleb Hilliker placed 9th in the boys breakaway roping and 4th in the team roping. 

Blake Henry won the finals average in the chute dogging with a time of 4.93 on two steers and was 5th in the average for the boys goat tying. Caleb Hilliker was 7th in the average for the boys breakaway roping and 3rd in the average for team roping with Ty Richardson. Morgan Darnell was 4th in the average for the girls breakaway roping.

The contestants took their points from the ten fall and spring rodeos and added their finals points to determine the top four in each event from the state of Nebraska to send to the Jr. High National Finals in Des Moines, Iowa June 22-28. Over 900 contestants from the United States, Canada and Austraila will be competing for a national title. Blake Henry qualified for the nationals in chute dogging and small bore rifle shooting. Morgan Darnell qualified for nationals in breakaway roping and team roping.

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