Arizona cowboys, cowgirls doing well at NFR event - Tucson News Now

Arizona cowboys, cowgirls doing well at NFR event

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A few cowboys and cowgirls from Arizona are in the running for world titles during the 57th annual Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

The event, being held at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, continues Tuesday night with sixth-round action. The rodeo ends Saturday with the final round.

Derrick Begay, of Seba Dalkai, Arizona, and Nevada's Clay O'Brien Cooper have been dominating the team roping competition so far.

Through Monday's fifth round, Begay and Cooper have won three rounds and both lead in the world standings. Begay ($180,810) is tops in the world standings for headers while Cooper ($181,930) in first for heelers.

According to the PRCA, Cooper is a seven-time world champion while Begay has never finished better than sixth in the world standings.

Marana's Cory Petska teamed with Round Rock's Erich Rogers for a fourth-place finish in the fifth round. Petska ($130,096) is fourth in the world standings for heelers while Rogers ($133,938) is fourth for headers.

Tuba City's Aaron Tsinigine and Ryan Motes, of Texas, placed seventh in the fifth round. Tsinigine ($146,230) and Motes ($145,098) are third in the world standings for headers and heelers.

In barrel racing, Marana's Sherry Cervi tied for ninth place in the fifth round and is 10th in the world standings with $144,744. South Dakota's Lisa Lockhart is first in the world at $231,328.

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