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The Montana State women’s team increased its lead to more than 100 points Friday heading into the short go at the College National Finals Rodeo.

The Bobcats, with sophomore Paige Rasmussen leading in goat tying and freshman Tayla Moeykens fourth in barrel racing, had 430 points to lead runner-up Southwestern Oklahoma State by 120. Dickinson State was third at 163 and Oklahoma State fourth with 160.

The MSU men, led by first-place Caleb Berquist in tie-down roping, were eighth with 295 points, behind leader Clarenden College of Texas (565).

Rasmussen, of Belgrade, scored 180 points on her own by finishing first in two of the three go-rounds and tied for third in her middle run. Goat tying teammate Lindsey Pulsipher of Oakley, Idaho, who is in 13th place, has contributed 85 points.

Moeykens, of Three Forks, had a three-run time of 42.85 after posting a 14.1 on Friday night and has scored 160 points. She’s just .15 behind leader Jaylie Matthews of East Mississippi State Community College. Dickinson State’s Lakken Bice is second at 42.78, and Southwestern Oklahoma State’s Sadie Wolaver is third at 42.82.

Fellow barrel racer Shai McDonald, a sophomore from Gardiner, was sixth and would add 50 points to the score, but her time isn’t counting toward the team total. Her overall time is 43.08.

Senior breakaway roper Shelby Rasmussen was in 20th place. She chipped in with five points with her 2.7 time in the second go-round.

On the men’s side, Berquist, a junior from LaCrosse, Washington, leads the tie-down roping by 3.1 seconds entering the short go with a 26.2 average for 190 points. With times of 8.8, 8.7 and 8.7, he’s the only cowboy to finish in under nine seconds in all three go-rounds.

Tie-down roping teammate Levi Delamarter, a junior from Longview, Washington, was in fifth place at 34.3 seconds and has provided MSU 55 points.

Bobcats team ropers Teegan Leno, a freshman from Sheridan, Wyoming, and Jaret Whitman, a senior from Belgrade, are 13th and have scored 50 points. Steer wrestler Cody Faulkner, a junior from Gooding, Idaho, is 12th.

MSU’s Rasmussen, Moeykens, Berquist and Delamarter all qualified for the short go, which was scheduled for late Saturday.

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Colton Pool can be reached at cpool@dailychronicle.com or 406-582-2690. Follow him on Twitter @CPoolReporter.

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