Jul 24, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorTeal Stoll is still in shock.
The Pavillion cowgirl finished in second-place in pole bending on Saturday night at the National High School Finals Rodeo in Rock Springs.
"It's amazing," Stoll said Monday night about her high finish. "It's one of those things that you really don't expect. It's very cool."
Stoll's second run of the week-long rodeo was Saturday morning. Stoll was seventh heading into the finals. The finals featured the top 20 cowgirls in pole bending.
"I was just really happy to be sitting in the top 10," Stoll said. "It was my goal to make the short go. I got that accomplished. After that, I wanted to finish in the top five."
Stoll was clocked with a time of 19.745 in the finals to move her into the second-place position. The time was the third-fastest in the finals.
"Anytime you hit a time of 19s in the pole bending, that is good as it gets," Stoll said.
Stoll gave a lot of credit to her horse .
"My horse is so talented," Stoll said. "He makes the same run every time. That night, he was really on fire. He just really wanted to go out and run."
Stoll has been on the horse the last seven years.
"I have a very special relationship with my horse," Stoll said. "We get along very well."
Leia Plueme from Bosque Farms, N.M., finished first with a three-ride time of 59.93. Stoll ended the rodeo in a total of 60.841. Alex Cole of Silesia, Mont., was third (60.88) and Rebba Wight of Yuma, Ariz., ended fourth (60.918).
Buffalo's Breanna Reimler finished fifth at 61.007.
"I have never seen anything that fast in the final round before," Stoll said. "I was first out. I had to sit and watch 19 go. That was nerve-wracking."
Stoll also qualified for the NHSFR in barrel racing but didn't make the finals.
"I had a really good run in my first run in the barrels," Stoll said. "I was happy with my horse. The second run, I went when there was going to be a storm and didn't do as good as I wanted.."
In the girls state standings, Wyoming finished second at 2,750 points.
Arizona won the girls title scoring 3,760 points. Texas finished third at 2,555 points. Oklahoma was fourth (2,520 points).
"I'm really hoping to make it to the finals again next year," Stoll said. "Hopefully, I will be right back at the top again."
Stoll is home schooled and will be a senior this year.
"We had a very good team," Stoll said. "There were a lot of girls that made it back to the finals in every event.
The NHSFR is made up of the top four cowgirls and cowboys in each state from the United States in the different rodeo events. The NHSFR also had rodeo athletes from Canada and Australia.
The Wyoming boys finished 18th scoring 1,250 points. Texas was the top boys state at 5,818.3 points. California ended second (4,195 points).
Stoll was one of six Fremont County rodeo athletes to qualify for the rodeo but the only one to make the finals.
Coralle Spratt of Shoshoni was in breakaway roping and goat tying. Cousin K.L. Spratt had a spot in team roping.
Kinnear's Drew Antone competed in bull riding and steer wrestling. Coley Nicholls from Riverton was in team roping. Shelby Eckley (Riverton) performed in girls cutting.
The 2012 national high school rodeo champions
All-around cowboy -- Garrett Smith, Rexburg, Idaho.
All-around cowgirl -- Mia Manzanares, Opelosas, La.
NHSRA queen -- Maicia Bullock, Pocatello, Idaho.
Team champion -- Texas.
Bareback riding -- Casey Meroshnekoff, Red Bluff, Calif., 224 points on three.
Barrel racing -- Vanessa Leggett, Kamloops, British Columbia, Can., 52.29.
Breakaway roping -- Cady Cooper, Parrish, Fla., 7.7 seconds on three.
Bull riding -- Joseph McConnell, Farmington, N.M., 218 points on three.
Girls cutting -- Sadee Smith, Star, Idaho., 666 points on three.
Boys cutting -- Hunter Hightower, Santo, Texas, 660 points on three.
Goat tying -- Kelsey Lutjen, Florence, Ariz., 26.82 seconds on three.
Pole bending -- Leia Pluemer, Bosque Farms, N.M., 59.93 seconds on three.
Saddle bronc riding -- Rusty Wright, Milford, Utah., 227 points on three.
Steer wrestling -- Ricky Rice II, Natural Dam, Ark., 15.77 seconds on three.
Team roping -- Morgan McVay, Sparks, Nev.,/Bradin Porter, Spring Creek, Nev., 21.9 seconds on three.
All-around rookie cowboy -- Marcus Theriot, Poplarville, Miss.,
All-around rookie cowgirl -- Mia Manzanares, Opelousas, La.
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