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Steer Wrestler Byron Walker
On Track To Win Second Gold

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Byron Walker may be 42 years old, but he's not about to let a 20 year-old kid pull ahead of him in the race for his second gold buckle.

Walker, of Ennis, Texas, has been leading the Jack Daniel's World Standings in steer wrestling for four months, and when second-year pro Cash Myers tried to close the gap last week, he responded like a true champ.

Myers, who also competes in calf roping, raked in $5690 wrestling steers last week to bring his season total in that event to $45,120. However, Walker kept a healthy $6500 lead by turfing three steers in 14.9 seconds at the West of the Pecos Rodeo, July 5-8 in Pecos, Texas. He won the final round with a 5.2-second run and claimed the average title for a Pecos haul of $5052.

Walker is in his best position ever to win his second world championship. His first world title came in 1981 when Myers was only 21 months old.

Myers did boost himself in the Jack Daniel's World Standings all-around race. His weekend take of $8199 jumped his total earnings to $77,537, and moved him to second in the race for the all-around championship — $1050 ahead of defending champ Fred Whitfield.

Scott Johnston of Gustine, Texas, leads the all-around race with $88,093. In third place behind Myers is Fred Whitfield, Hockley, Texas, with $76,487. He is followed by Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, with $71,474, and Joe Beaver, Huntsville, Texas, $58,612.

Standings by event:

Bareback riding: 1. James Boudreaux, Cuero, Texas, $49,890; 2. Darren Clarke, Weatherford, Texas, $48,547; 3. Mark Gomes, Nickerson, Kan., $46,948; 4. Larry Sandvick, Kaycee, Wyo., $45,303; 5. Jeffrey Collins, Redfield, Kan., $44,560.

Steer wrestling: 1. Byron Walker, Ennis, Texas, $51,579; 2. Cash Myers, Athens, Texas, $45,120; 3. Rod Lyman, Victor, Mont., $37,802; 4. Bryan Fields, Conroe, Texas, $35,901; 5. Frank Thompson, Cheyenne, Wyo., $35,560.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Billy Etbauer, Ree Heights, S.D., $82,101; 2. Scott Johnston, Gustine, Texas, $81,289; 3. Dan Mortensen, Manhattan, Mont., $61,131; 4. Rod Hay, Wildwood, Alberta, Canada, $59,488; 5. Tome Reeves, Eagle Butte, S.D., $48,350.

Calf roping: 1. Fred Whitfield, Hockley, Texas, $72,848; 2. Blair Burk, Durant, Okla., $71,970; 3. Ty Hays, Weatherford, Okla., $61,929; 4. Brent Lewis, Piñon, N.M., $47,452; 5. Justin Maass, Giddings, Texas, $42,291.

Team roping (heading): 1. Speed Williams, Jacksonville, Fla., $68,194; 2. Daniel Green, Oakdale, Calif., $46,269; 3. Kevin Stewart, Glen Rose, Texas, $44,346; 4. Steve Purcella, Hereford, Texas, $41,914; 5. Wade Wheatley, Stephenville, Texas, $41,113.

Team roping (heeling): 1. Rich Skelton, Llano, Texas, $68,194; 2. Martin Lucero, Stephenville, Texas, $44,346; 3. Allen Bach, Valley Home, Calif., $42,128; 4. Kory Koontz, Sudan, Texas, $41,914; 5. Kyle Lockett, Ivanhoe, Calif., $41,113.

Barrel racing: 1. Charmayne James, Gustine, Texas, $47,543; 2. Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz., $45,414; 3. Kristie Peterson, Elbert, Colo., $42,300; 4. Tona Wright, Moriarty, N.M., $40,401; 5. Kelly Yates, Pueblo, Colo., $34,633.

Bull riding: 1. Tyler Fowler, Theodore, Ala., $54,632; 2. Shane Drury, Weatherford, Okla., $50,998; 3. Jesse Bail, Camp Crook, S.D., $39,074; 4. Kelly Armstrong, Big Valley, Alberta, $38,413; 5. Rocky McDonald, El Paso, Texas, $35,776.

Steer roping: 1. Guy Allen, Lovington, N.M., $41,821; 2. Rocky Patterson, Pratt, Kan., $23,611; 3. Buster Record Jr., Buffalo, Okla., $14,143; 4. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, $13,889; 5. Rod Hartness, Pawhuska, Okla., $13,036.


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