FLASH STAFF REPORT
(July 23, 2016) — Clay Tryan and Jade Corkill are used to going fast. But 3.42 seconds is a blistering time to rope both head and heels.
Even for them.
Yet it happened Friday night at the Days of ’47 Rodeo in Salt Lake City Utah, and the ERA record time was just what the three-time world champions needed.
Tryan and Corkill have been battling back and forth all season with fellow roping legends Derek Begay and Clay O’Brien Cooper for the top spot on the Elite Rodeo Athletes leaderboard, and they needed every bit of their blistering time Friday to beat the 3.81 of Begay and Cooper.
Stephenville header Kaleb Driggers and partner Junior Nogueira also broke the four-second mark, taking third in 3.94.
Begay and Cooper maintain a lead of 400 points over Tryan and Corkill, with Chad Masters and Morgan Mill heeler Travis Graves sitting third.
But the team roping on Friday was all about Tryan, a Lipan header, and Corkill, a Huckabay heeler, who earn $3,625 each plus 275 points toward the ERA standings. Driggers and Nogueira earned $2,375 and 225 points in third.
Husband and wife Isaac and Britany Diaz of Desdemona continued their strong seasons. Diaz maintained his hold on the top spot in ERA saddle bronc riding with 86 points and first place Friday, earning $3,625 and reaching 2,000 points for the season. Britany was second in barrel racing in 13.51 seconds, pocketing $3,000 and picking up 250 points.
Bobby Mote split fifth place three ways with 80.5 points in bareback riding, but maintains the top spot on the season leaderboard with 1,750 points.