Senior Will Crain posted the top score of the meet thus far during the second go-round with an 81.5 to win the round and chalk up 80 points for the Vikings, while senior Mason Ormesher placed fifth at 71.5.
Since Ormesher wasn't among the six cowboys on Valley's official line-up, his 40 points didn't count towards the team total -- which stands at 220 points for 11th place. However, with Crain in first place after two round, and his overall score of 154.5 unreachable for three of the 11 contestants still in the running for Saturday's 10-man short go, the Vikings -- the 2010 reserve champions -- are in position to move up later in the week.
Ormesher was in the first section of the third go which began Tuesday evening, and came up with a stellar 80.5 ride to take the early lead in the round -- and put him strong position to make it to Saturday's final.
It also helps that senior bareback rider Tanner Aus has two solid performances on his log. He was idle Tuesday, losing 10 of what had been 140 points when one competitor passed him for second place in the round, but is in a comfortable position to make it into the championship show with a successful ride during his third mount Friday -- and could even advance without one.
Junior saddle bronc rider Jordan Corrigan stayed aboard during his second turn, but his 65.0-point score was only good for 17th place in the go. He is currently tied for 17th overall with 139.0 points, but is very much in the running for a spot in the short go, with only two entries scoring in three rides and six of those who are two for two ahead of him.
Sophomore Hunter Lewis is in 15th place with a combined time of 10.7 seconds in steer wrestling after tying for 14th with a 5.4-second takedown Tuesday. Only four cowboys have scored in all three preliminaries and five of those who have only completed two gos are ahead of him.
Two Vikings didn't score during their second attempts: senior Cody Metsker in steer wrestling and the sophomore heeler Ben Runyon in team roping, where he's paired with Southern Arkansas header Justin Johnson.
For the Valley women, junior Korah Ahre had an up-and-down day. While improving upon her first-round time in goat tying at 7.4 seconds, tying for 21st place, she missed her throw in breakaway roping -- in which she shared fourth place after the first go. She's currently in 32nd place in both events, with her final turn Friday.
Junior Lauren Struxness was also unable to score in breakaway and is in 43rd place.
No Vikings are scheduled to compete today, but Thursday and Friday are pivotal for the team's bid to move up in the standings.