A handful of Humboldt County Rodeo Club members are headed to the National High School Finals Rodeo, which takes place July 18-24 at the Lancaster Event Center in Lincoln, Nebraska.

The athletes earned that right with their finishes at the Nevada State High School Finals Rodeo, held over Memorial Day weekend at the Winnemucca Event Center.

Billy DeLong claimed the steer wrestling title on his home turf with two strong performances top close out the rodeo. He had no time in the first go-around but won the final two go-arounds. 

In the second go, he stopped the clock at 16.950 seconds and improved to 9.080 in the short go-around. He finished the season with 255 points to win by 42 points over Wells’ Riley Roderick.

DeLong will also be competing in Nebraska in boys cutting. DeLong finished second in the season-long standings with 256.75 points. DeLong was the runner-up in each of the three go-arounds. He scored 142 points in the first go-around and short go and 140 points in the second go-around.

DeLong will head to the finals in a third event, on the strength of his fourth-lace finish in tie-down roping. DeLong helped himself by winning the first performance in a time of 13.670. 

He was sixth in the second go-around at 21.920 to solidify his spot in Nebraska.

DeLong was second in the all-around standings and the rookie cowboy of the year.

Isaac Mori qualified for the national finals in three events as well, winning the state championship in boys cutting with 266.25 points.

Mori finished third in the first go-around at the state finals with 141 points and won the second go-around with 142 points. 

He tied for the top spot in the short go-around with teammate DeLong with 142 points apiece.

Mori finished second in the season-long saddle bronc standings with 159.50 points, as Elko’s Kayden Henderson won with 179.50 points.  

Mori had the only qualified ride in the first go-around with 56 points. 

The only other qualified ride during the weekend was from Carson/Douglas’ Chad Giovacchini.

Mori qualified for the national finals in reined cow horse with a fourth-place finish. He placed fifth in the first go-around with 277 points and tied for fourth in the second go-around with 279.50 points, He jumped to the runner-up spot in the short go-around with 291 points.

Mori and team roping partner Ali Norcutt of Fallon qualified for the Silver State International Rodeo at the end of June and beginning of July in Winnemucca.

Mori was third in the all-around standings.

Cooper Hill qualified for the national finals in the rifle shoot, placing fourth with 54 points Hill qualified for the Silver State International Rodeo in boys cutting with his sixth-place finish in the event. 

Hill also qualified for the Silver State International Rodeo in team roping, tie-down roping and trap shoot.

On the girls side, Lexi Garijo is on her way to Nebraska in the breakaway roping. 

She tied for fourth place with Battle Mountain’s Desatoya Coombs. Garijo came into the state finals in seventh place but had a strong weekend to jump up to a qualifying spot.

Garijo finished third in the first go-around with a time of 3.44. She was sixth in the second go-around in a time of 4.63 and she was third again in the short go-around at 3.76. That final time moved her into a tie with Coombs with 203 points for the season.

Garijo qualified for the Silver State International Rodeo in barrel racing after finishing 16th on the season. She also placed 16th in pole bending. Competitors that finish fifth to 25th qualify for the Silver State International Rodeo. Garijo and DeLong will be in Winnemucca in team roping.

Emma Garijo will join her in Nebraska in pole bending after placing third in the season-long standings. Garijo used a strong weekend on her home turf to earn the spot. She placed fourth in the first go-around with a time of 21.482. She improved to third in the second go-around at 21.053. She saved the best for last in the short go-around, posting the best time of the weekend with a time of 20.033 to win the short go-around.

Garijo just missed out on a second national qualification in barrel racing, placing fifth in the season standings with 183 points.

She had a time of 16.151 in the first go-around and stopped the clock at 16.269 in the short go-around. She had a strong run going in the short go-around but knocked over a barrel for a time of 20.734.

Garijo will also compete in team roping and breakaway roping in Winnemucca.  She finished 10th in the all-around standing and was the rookie cowgirl of the year.  

Ashley Rookstool qualified for the Silver State International Rodeo in girls cutting and Sierra Fears qualified in barrel racing and pole bending. Saydee Pruett qualified in the rifle shoot.