PENDLETON:  Record set in Day 1 of slack

PENDLETON: Record set in Day 1 of slack

A new arena record in team roping was set Monday as the Pendleton Round-Up kicked off its first go-round action. Colton Campbell of Klamath Falls and Dalton Pearce of San Luis Obispo, California turned in a time of 4.7 seconds.

That breaks the 4.8 records that were set in 2008 by Colter Todd and Cesar de la Cruz. That time was tied by Shawn and Shane Bessette in 2011. Campbell and Pearce got just under $4,700 each for their record-setting performance.

In barrel racing, Jody Tucker of Ellensburg, Washington holds the lead after the first day of slack. The dental hygienist ran the cloverleaf pattern in 28.95 seconds. She told KUMA News that she set up a replica of the Round-Up’s famous pattern at home in a hayfield.

“I literally raked the windrows out of the way to set up the popups out in the grass pasture, so I had a chance to practice a little bit before getting here to the green mile, and it worked so far,” she said. “It is definitely not your traditional barrel race and it’s an honor to get to come and run at the Pendleton Round-Up. They put on a wonderful rodeo.”

Timed event slack at the Round-Up gets going at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, with a $2 admission charge. Tuesday is also the final night for the Banner Bank Pendleton/PBR Classic at 8 p.m. in the Happy Canyon Arena.