The Vikings have thus far accumulated 150 points, 140 coming from senior bareback rider Tanner Aus. The 2011 reserve champion was second in the first go with 79.0 points and was holding down second place during the half-completed second round with a score of 78.0.
If his ranking changes when the second go is completed today, Aus' -- and Valley's -- point total would be adjusted downward. However, he is the current overall leader of the event. No other MVC entry had yet to compete in the second round at the end of Monday's action.
Also scoring for the Vikings was junior Jordan Corrigan in saddle bronc riding, finishing eighth in the first go with a score of 74.0 for 10 team points.
Senior Will Crain was one of only 10 bull riders to make the eight-second count during the first go, but had the lowest tally at 73.0 points. Senior Mason Ormesher was thrown during his first ride.
Sophomore Hunter Lewis notched a time of 5.3 seconds to tie for 13th place in steer wrestling, while senior Cody Metsker's 15.2-second takedown was 30th in the standings. The team roping duo of MVC sophomore heeler Ben Runyon and header Justin Johnson of Southern Arkansas, which took eighth place a year ago, was tied for 19th place with a time of 20.9 seconds.
Although the Valley women didn't qualify for the national meet as a team, coming in third in the region's season standings, they had the maximum three individual entries and share 15th place with 40 points due to junior Korah Agre's first-round performance in breakaway roping.
Agre tied for fourth place in breakaway roping by lassoing her calf in 2.7 seconds. She also posted an 8.6-second time in goat tying, putting her in 36th place, but if she can score in that second event would be in the field for an all-around medal.
Junior Lauren Struxness was clocked at 3.8 seconds for 26th place in breakaway.
All of Valley's entries except Aus compete in the second go today, while Ormesher gets two rides -- during the morning slack and evening performance programs -- on the bull to close out his preliminaries.