Erda cowboys Dawson Stewart and Braydin Evans will represent Tooele County and the state of Utah at the National High School Finals Rodeo, which takes place July 15-21 at the Sweetwater Events Complex in Rock Springs, Wyoming.
Stewart, a 2018 graduate of Stansbury High School, will be making his third trip to the national finals. He entered the Utah High School Rodeo Association State Finals last month in Heber City needing a strong performance to qualify in cutting, as he was ranked seventh coming in and the top four earn a trip to nationals. He ended up winning the event at state, climbing all the way to second in the season standings.
In steer wrestling, Stewart was able to maintain his second-place season ranking with a fifth-place finish at state. He recorded a time of 15.670 seconds in the first go, but bounced back with a time of 7.390 in his second go. That kept him in the top 16 and gave him a chance in the short go, where he recorded a time of 5.740 that was second-fastest in the performance.
Stewart will compete in cutting on Sunday evening, as well as the morning of July 21. His steer wrestling runs are scheduled for Monday evening and the morning of July 20.
Evans will compete in tie-down roping and team roping at nationals. He and his partner, Wyatt Murray, finished first in the team roping season standings after winning the state finals with a combined time of 23.860 seconds — nearly 10.5 seconds faster than their nearest competitors. Evans finished 12th at the state finals in tie-down roping, but wound up tied for the top spot in the season standings.
Evans is scheduled to complete both of his tie-down roping runs on Wednesday. He and Murray will compete in team roping Monday evening and the morning of July 20, with the short go scheduled for the evening of July 21.
The National High School Finals Rodeo will be streamed online at www.ridepass.com (subscription required).