By Danika Kent
Photo by James Phifer

Sarah Rose McDonald and Fame Fling N BlingSarah Rose McDonald and Fame Fling N BlingSarah Rose McDonald made a strong move to keep the national circuit championship in the Southeastern region this afternoon in the second half of the second go-round of the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo when she posted a scorching 16.27 to take the lead from last night’s leader, Pamela Capper.

Other fast times from this afternoon’s performance included Sarah Griffin and Lindsay Kruse’s 16.71s, which tied for sixth in the round. Capper, Lisa Lockhart, Nancy Hunter and Kassidy Dennison’s times held from last night to earn money in positions two through five.

McDonald also took the lead in the aggregate from Lockhart, who trekked with Louie to Florida from the Badlands circuit. Her cumulative time going into tonight’s semifinals is recorded as 32.97, just four hundredths ahead of Lockhart.

The top eight contestants in the average advance to this evening’s semifinals, and the top four will go on to the finals to determine the national circuit finals champion. McDonald and Lockhart will be joined by Hunter, of the Wilderness circuit; Capper, of the Columbia River circuit; Lindsay Kruse and Carmel Wright, both of the Montana circuit, Kassidy Dennison from the Turquoise circuit, and First Frontier’s Sarah Griffin.

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Second go-round results:
1. Sarah Rose McDonald 16.27 $6,181.85
2. Pamela Capper 16.41 $4,683.22
3. Lisa Lockhart 16.57 $2,809.94
3. Nancy Hunter 16.57 $2,809.94
5. Kassidy Dennison 16.59 $1,311.30
6. Sarah Griffin 16.71 $468.32
6. Lindsay Kruse 16.71 $468.32
8. Gretchen Benbenek 16.73
9. Victoria Williams 16.79
10. Kathy Grimes 16.80
11. Carmel Wright 16.82
12. Mary Walker 16.89
13. Mary Burger 16.95
14. Cheyenne Schnelle 16.97
15. Ann Scott 17.10
16. CJ Vondette 17.13
17. Bobbi Grann 17.17
18. Alicia Pottmeyer 17.61
19. Rebecca Hughes 21.78
20. Natalie Foutch 21.97
21. Sheena Robbins 22.01
22. Kimmie Wall 22.38
23. Shelley Morgan 26.90
24. Laura Lambert 40.47

Aggregate:
1. Sarah McDonald 32.97/2
2. Lisa Lockhart 33.01/2
3. Nancy Hunter 33.10/2
4. Pamela Capper 33.15/2
5. Lindsay Kruse 33.16/2
6. Carmel Wright 33.36/2
7. Kassidy Dennison 33.38/2
8. Sarah Griffin 33.48/2

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