Usually, when two people form a partnership, it might not work well if they are more than 170 miles apart. That wasn't the case for Jaguar Terrill of Craig and Seth Glause of Rock Springs, Wyo., in this year's high school rodeo season.
Terrill, a Moffat County High School student who rodeos in the Wyoming State High School Rodeo Association, qualified for the National High School Rodeo Association National Finals in team roping with Glause.
"I went up there a couple of times, and he came down here a couple of times to practice," Terrill said. "We basically see each other every weekend, so we didn't have to practice too much."
Terrill said he picked a good partner for this year.
Glause, a 2006 graduate of Farson High School in Wyoming, was the all-around champion for the state.
"We did pretty well in everything," Terrill said. "This was our first year to work together, and it was a good experience."
Last year, Terrill finished in 14th place overall in team roping with Blake Henry of Glen Rock, Wyo.
Terrill, who will be a senior in the fall, qualified for his first national finals with the help of Glause.
"We were second most of the year and kept it that way after the finals," he said. "I was excited because my goal all year was to make it to the finals."
At the state finals June 21 to 25 in Douglas, Wyo., the duo finished second in the second round of team roping and finished sixth in the average.
All three rounds the team finished with a time, but mishaps in the first round and short go made for times that didn't score in the top 10.
Their time in the second rodeo was 8.2 seconds. Earlier in the season, they scored a 5.9.
"I think we'll have to be consistently in the eights at nationals to place well," Terrill said. "We can do that with a good week."
The National Finals are in Springfield, Ill. from July 24 to 30.
Terrill said he might stop at some rodeos in Nebraska on the way to the finals.
"All I know is that (the finals) are big and there's a lot of people," Terrill said about his expectations. "It will be fun."
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