Ellensburg Rodeo News Roundup - Final Edition

Courtesy PRCA (ProRodeo.com)

Courtesy PRCA (ProRodeo.com)

Congratulations to Adam Gray for winning the 2016 Tie-Down Roping at the Ellensburg Rodeo

Congratulations to Adam Gray for winning the 2016 Tie-Down Roping at the Ellensburg Rodeo


Gray surges with timely Ellensburg win

ELLENSBURG, Wash. – Tie-down roper Adam Gray has a new perspective about being on the bubble when the rodeo schedule turns to September.

His new outlook led to a gigantic win at the Sept. 2-5 Ellensburg Rodeo.

Gray won the three-head average with a time of 26.8 seconds, earning a victory lap and checks totaling $6,458. He entered the weekend 21st in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings, and his haul should move him close to the top 15.

“In the past, being in this position in September had me biting my fingernails and stressed out way too much,” Gray said. “Now, I’m completely over that. I’m just trying to have fun, and that seems to be working better than biting my fingernails.”

The 32-year-old from Seymour, Texas, has been to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER four times (2009, 2011-12, 2014), but missed the cut last season when he finished 17th in the world.

He was the final call back in the Sept. 5 short round, and knew he only had to beat 10.1 seconds to win the average title.

Announcer Justin McKee laid the pressure on thick when Gray was backing into the box, letting he and the crowd know it was a must-win situation.

“My heart was racing a bit,” Gray said. “Not that I didn’t know all that stuff already, but it was nice of Justin to put the pressure on me. I try to tune it out, but there’s always things you hear in the box. But once I nod, I don’t hear anything.”

Gray’s 9.2-second run in the short round was more than enough to clinch the average title. However, he knows this is just the first step in what must be a big September run.

“It was a must-win if I wanted to make the Finals; I knew that,” he said. “I was 28th when I came to the Northwest, and didn’t think I had a realistic chance to make it. I’ve been winning a bit lately, so now I have a chance. But none of it matters if I don’t keep winning. Winning has made it fun again, and hopefully it works out and I make the Finals.”

The 2012 WNFR average champion isn’t sweating this late-season run on the bubble, and isn’t concerned about finishing outside the top 15 like he did in 2015.

“Last year is in the past, and was a totally different set of circumstances,” Gray said. “I’m worried about roping at Lewiston (Ore.) and Puyallup (Wash.) this week, so that’s what I’m focused on. But it goes without saying that I’d rather be at the NFR than watching it on TV.”

Other winners at the $327,183 rodeo were all-around cowboy JoJo LeMond ($2,630 in team roping and steer roping), bareback rider Teddy Athan (164.5 points on two head), steer wrestler Baylor Roche (14.4 seconds on three head), team ropers Erich Rogers and Cory Petska (18.3 seconds on three head), saddle bronc rider Cody DeMoss (168.5 points on two head), barrel racer Nellie Miller (51.92 seconds on three runs), steer roper John Bland (27.0 seconds on two head) and bull rider Tyler Smith (163.5 points on two head).

Congratulations to Nellie Miller for winning the 2016 Barrel Racing at the Ellensburg Rodeo


Ellensburg Rodeo

Ellensburg, Wash., Sept. 2-5


All-around cowboy: JoJo LeMond, $2,630, team roping and steer roping.


Bareback riding: First round: 1. Shane O'Connell, 83.5 points on Calgary Stampede's No. X-89, $3,480; 2. Anthony Thomas, 83, $2,668; 3. Richmond Champion, 81, $1,972; 4. (tie) R.C. Landingham and J.R. Vezain, 80.5, $1,044 each; 6. Wyatt Denny, 79.5, $580; 7. (tie) Caleb Bennett and Mason Clements, 78, $406 each. Finals: 1. Teddy Athan, 87 points on Calgary Stampede's Xplosive Ski, $1,650; 2. Tanner Aus, 84, $1,250; 3. Mason Clements, 82.5, $900; 4. (tie) Wyatt Denny and Casey Colletti, 81, $475 each; 6. (tie) Caleb Bennett and Tyler Scales, 79, $125 each. Average: 1. Teddy Athan, 164.5 points on two head, $3,480; 2. (tie) Mason Clements, Tanner Aus and Wyatt Denny, 160.5, $1,972 each; 5. Shane O'Connell, 160, $812; 6. J.R. Vezain, 158.5, $580; 7. (tie) Casey Colletti and Anthony Thomas, 157.5, $406 each. 


Steer wrestling: First round: 1. Baylor Roche, 4.3 seconds, $2,680; 2. Dalton Massey, 4.5, $2,330; 3. (tie) Ryan Bothum and Logan Gledhill, 4.7, $1,806 each; 5. (tie) Cole Fulton, Nick Guy, Cody Cabral, Rowdy Parrott and Morgan Grant, 4.8, $606 each. Second round: 1. (tie) Sterling Lambert and Riley Duvall, 4.3 seconds, $2,505 each; 3. Tanner Brunner, 4.4, $1,981; 4. (tie) J.D. Struxness, Jason Thomas and Jacob Talley, 4.5, $1,282 each; 7. (tie) B.J. Taruscio, K.C. Jones and Travis Taruscio, 4.6, $272 each. Finals: 1. Cody Cabral, 4.1 seconds, $1,088; 2. Jason Thomas, 4.4, $900; 3. Sean Santucci, 4.6, $713; 4. Tom Lewis, 4.7, $525; 5. (tie) Rowdy Parrott and Baylor Roche, 4.9, $263 each. Average: 1. Baylor Roche, 14.4 seconds on three head, $4,020; 2. (tie) Rowdy Parrott and Cody Cabral, 14.6, $3,233 each; 4. Jason Thomas, 15.0, $2,447; 5. (tie) Tom Lewis and Sean Santucci, 15.1, $1,660 each; 7. Taylor Gregg, 16.2, $874; 8. Ty Erickson, 17.0, $350. 


Team roping: First round: 1. Erich Rogers/Cory Petska, 5.3 seconds, $2,706 each; 2. Coleman Proctor/Billie Jack Saebens, 5.7, $2,353; 3. (tie) Levi Simpson/Jeremy Buhler, Paul David Tierney/Cesar de la Cruz and Garrett Rogers/Jake Minor, 5.8, $1,647 each; 6. (tie) Bryce Palmer/Monty Joe Petska and Clay Smith/Paul Eaves, 6.0, $765 each; 8. Matt Sherwood/Quinn Kesler, 6.1, $235. Second round: 1. Rhen Richard/Jordan Ketscher, 4.3 seconds, $2,706 each; 2. Kolton Schmidt/Shay Carroll, 4.8, $2,353; 3. JoJo LeMond/Trey Yates, 5.0, $2,000; 4. Joel Bach/Kory Koontz, 5.2, $1,647; 5. Garrett Tonozzi/Wyatt Cox, 5.7, $1,294; 6. Blake Teixeira/Jeffrey Larson, 5.8, $941; 7. (tie) Jake Rodriguez/Mike Beers, Manny Egusquiza Jr./Daniel Braman IV and Jake Stanley/Bucky Campbell, 6.1, $275 each. Finals: 1. Garrett Rogers/Jake Minor, 6.4 seconds, $870 each; 2. Erich Rogers/Cory Petska, 6.8, $720; 3. Hayes Smith/B.J. Campbell, 6.9, $570; 4. Pace Freed/Jade Anderson, 7.1, $420; 5. Clay Smith/Paul Eaves, 9.3, $270; 6. Garrett Tonozzi/Wyatt Cox, 10.6, $150. Average: 1. Erich Rogers/Cory Petska, 18.3 seconds on three head, $4,059 each; 2. Garrett Rogers/Jake Minor, 19.9, $3,530; 3. Hayes Smith/B.J. Campbell, 21.3, $3,000; 4. Clay Smith/Paul Eaves, 21.6, $2,471; 5. Pace Freed/Jade Anderson, 21.8, $1,941; 6. Garrett Tonozzi/Wyatt Cox, 26.0, $1,412; 7. Ryan Reed/Dalton Pearce, 28.5, $882; 8. Jake Stanley/Bucky Campbell, 12.9 on two head, $353. 


Saddle bronc riding: First round: 1. Andy Clarys, 87 points on Korkow Rodeos' Instant Noodle, $3,297; 2. (tie) Luke Butterfield and Jesse Wright, 83.5, $2,198 each; 4. (tie) Hardy Braden and Dusty Hausauer, 82.5, $989 each; 6. (tie) Cody DeMoss, CoBurn Bradshaw and Audy Reed, 82, $440 each. Finals: 1. Cody DeMoss, 86.5 points on Big Bend Rodeo's Blue Feathers, $1,650; 2. Chet Johnson, 86, $1,250; 3. Hardy Braden, 85.5, $900; 4. Jesse Wright, 84.5, $600; 5. Zeke Thurston, 82, $350; 6. CoBurn Bradshaw, 81, $250. Average: 1. Cody DeMoss, 168.5 points on two head, $3,297; 2. (tie) Jesse Wright and Hardy Braden, 168, $2,198 each; 4. Chet Johnson, 165.5, $1,209; 5. Andy Clarys, 164, $769; 6. (tie) Zeke Thurston and CoBurn Bradshaw, 163, $495 each; 8. Johnny Espeland, 158, $330. 


Tie-down roping: First round: 1. Marcos Costa, 8.5 seconds, $2,920; 2. (tie) Matt Shiozawa and Reese Riemer, 8.6, $2,349 each; 4. Hunter Herrin, 8.7, $1,778; 5. (tie) Marshall Leonard, Shank Edwards, Ryan Jarrett and Ryle Smith, 9.0, $825 each. Second round: 1. Jesse Clark, 8.0 seconds, $2,920; 2. Marty Yates, 8.1, $2,539; 3. (tie) Cooper Martin, Ace Slone, Adam Gray and J.C. Malone, 8.5, $1,587 each; 7. Ryle Smith, 8.9, $635; 8. Taylor Santos, 9.0, $254. Finals: 1. (tie) Reese Riemer and Sterling Smith, 9.0 seconds, $928 each; 3. Marcos Costa, 9.1, $665; 4. Adam Gray, 9.2, $490; 5. Shank Edwards, 9.8, $315; 6. Ryle Smith, 10.1, $175. Average: 1. Adam Gray, 26.8 seconds on three head, $4,381; 2. Reese Riemer, 27.8, $3,809; 3. Ryle Smith, 28.0, $3,238; 4. Marcos Costa, 28.2, $2,666; 5. Sterling Smith, 28.4, $2,095; 6. Shank Edwards, 29.5, $1,524; 7. Joe Keating, 30.3, $952; 8. Shane Hanchey, 30.9, $381. 


Barrel racing: First round: 1. Nellie Miller, 17.23 seconds, $2,350; 2. Jana Bean, 17.30, $2,015; 3. Jackie Ganter, 17.49, $1,679; 4. (tie) Kim Schulze and Sherry Cervi, 17.55, $1,287 each; 6. Jody Tucker, 17.56, $895; 7. Stevi Hillman, 17.68, $672; 8. (tie) Sarah Rose McDonald and Christine Laughlin, 17.70, $392 each; 10. (tie) Sydni Blanchard and Tillar Murray, 17.71, $112 each. Second round: 1. Darby Fox, 17.20 seconds, $2,350; 2. Nellie Miller, 17.42, $2,015; 3. Tillar Murray, 17.50, $1,679; 4. Kim Schulze, 17.60, $1,455; 5. (tie) Sydni Blanchard and Christine Laughlin, 17.61, $1,007 each; 7. Paige Willis, 17.63, $672; 8. Kelsie Miller, 17.65, $448; 9. Gretchen Benbenek, 17.66, $336; 10. Teri Bangart, 17.73, $224. Finals: 1. Jana Bean, 17.03 seconds, $1,741; 2. Nellie Miller, 17.27, $1,306; 3. Sarah Rose McDonald, 17.29, $871; 4. Christine Laughlin, 17.42, $435. Average: 1. Nellie Miller, 51.92 seconds on three head, $3,526; 2. Jana Bean, 52.44, $3,022; 3. Darby Fox, 52.49, $2,518; 4. (tie) Christine Laughlin and Kim Schulze, 52.73, $1,931 each; 6. Sarah Rose McDonald, 52.75, $1,343; 7. (tie) Sherry Cervi and Tillar Murray, 52.93, $839 each; 9. Kelsie Miller, 52.98, $504; 10. Jackie Ganter, 53.03, $336. 


Steer roping: First round: 1. Shay Good, 11.5 seconds, $1,305; 2. John Bland, 11.8, $1,080; 3. J.P. Wickett, 12.1, $855; 4. Chet Herren, 12.4, $630; 5. Vin Fisher Jr., 13.3, $405; 6. (tie) Troy Tillard and Kim Ziegelgruber, 13.6, $112 each. Second round: 1. Jason Evans, 10.4 seconds, $1,305; 2. Rocky Patterson, 11.1, $1,080; 3. Cody Lee, 12.5, $855; 4. JoJo LeMond, 12.9, $630; 5. Brent Lewis, 13.3, $405; 6. Tom Sorey, 14.3, $225. Average: 1. John Bland, 27.0 seconds on two head, $1,957; 2. Troy Tillard, 28.3, $1,619; 3. Tom Sorey, 30.7, $1,282; 4. Vin Fisher Jr., 30.8, $945; 5. Kim Ziegelgruber, 31.3, $607; 6. Chet Herren, 35.6, $337. 


Bull riding: First round: 1. Jordan Spears, 84 points on Corey & Lange Rodeo's Two Dogs, $3,240; 2. Cody Rostockyj, 83, $2,484; 3. Roscoe Jarboe, 82.5, $1,836; 4. Newt Brasfield, 82, $1,188; 5. Rorey Maier, 81.5, $756; 6. Derek Kolbaba, 81, $540; 7. Joe Frost, 80.5, $432; 8. Joseph McConnel, 79, $324. Finals: 1. Tyler Smith, 86 points on Corey & Lange Rodeo's Bottle Rocket, $1,650; 2. Sage Kimzey, 81, $1,250; 3. Roscoe Jarboe, 78, $900; 4. Joe Frost, 74, $600; no other qualified rides. Average: 1. Tyler Smith, 163.5 points on two head, $3,240; 2. Roscoe Jarboe, 160.5, $2,484; 3. Sage Kimzey , 157, $1,836; 4. Joe Frost, 154.5, $1,188; 5. Jordan Spears, 84 on one head, $756; 6. Cody Rostockyj, 83, $540; 7. Newt Brasfield, 82, $432; 8. Rorey Maier, 81.5, $324. 


Total payoff: $327,183. Stock contractor: Flying Diamond Rodeo. Sub-contractors: Calgary Stampede, Flying 5 Rodeo, Big Bend Rodeo, Korkow Rodeos, Burch Rodeo, Corey & Lange Rodeo and Mo Betta Rodeo. Rodeo secretary: Haley Bridwell. Officials: Mike Jones, Cliff Overstreet, Steve Knowles and Rocky Steagall. Timers: Diana Alexander and Sherry Rice-Gibson. Announcer: Justin McKee. Bullfighters: Nathan Jestes, Cody Webster and Dusty Tuckness. Clown/barrelman: JJ Harrison. Chute boss: Alan MacRae. Pickup men: Ricky Shannon, David McMichael and Gary Rempel. Photographers: Bill Lawless, Barkley Barkley, Bob Click, Molly Morrow and Dan Hubbell. Music director: Chuck Lopeman

For more coverage of the Ellensburg Rodeo, check out the Sept. 23 issue of the ProRodeo Sports News.


Big money on the table for Sunday's rodeo winners

  • By JON GUDDAT Rodeo correspondent

Barrel racer Nellie Miller, of Cottonwood, Calif., tops the scoreboard for the day with a 17.42 second run during the Ellensburg Rodeo, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016. (Brian Myrick / Daily Record)

A few of the world’s best are back, a handful of wildcards snuck in and today’s short go finale is set in stone as Sunday’s performance came to a close.

One of those coming back is also a wildcard himself. Two-time defending bull riding world champion Sage Kimzey needed a re-ride to earn his trip to today’s finals when he rode No. 829 for 76 points. It won’t earn the cowboy any money, but it does put him 11th in the average when the top 12 make today’s short go.


A few of the world’s best are back, a handful of wildcards snuck in and today’s short go finale is set in stone as Sunday’s performance came to a close.

One of those coming back is also a wildcard himself. Two-time defending bull riding world champion Sage Kimzey needed a re-ride to earn his trip to today’s finals when he rode No. 829 for 76 points. It won’t earn the cowboy any money, but it does put him 11th in the average when the top 12 make today’s short go.

That top 12 is the rule for every event as the 12 best in each specialty is back. Up for grabs is short round money and the coveted average title and large paycheck that comes with the buckle. Of course, that’s in addition to the first round paydays the roughstock riders have earned and the first and second round paydays the timed events competitors have already pocketed.

Joining Kimzey toward the bottom of the pack is New Mexico’s Joseph McConnell who rode Calgary Stampede’s Chucky for 79 points, good for eighth in the round.

“A bunch of my buddies told me he’s the one to have,” McConnell said. “Going out and riding my bull was all I had to do instead of getting out there and thinking about stuff.”

But now that he has time to think about making the short round, he’s ready.

“I’m definitely excited, but you can’t look too far ahead. You’ve got to have a positive attitude when you’re in the short round.”

Jordan Spears won the long go with an 84.

Another cowboy hopeful of moving up in the average is Richmond Champion. The Texas bareback rider won Ellensburg three years ago and is three points off the lead. He’ll win long go money and have a chance at big money today.

“Situations like (today) is why we do this,” Champion said. “I love the competition and the bucking horses are gonna be all there. Really just looking forward to it. It’s a new day, a new horse.”

And he needs a good horse. Champion is 14th in the world when the top 15 make the National Finals Rodeo at the end of the season.

“Obviously it’s in the back of your mind,” he admitted. “This is the toughest month of the season. Everybody’s tired. Everybody wants to win money. It’s all about attitude this time of the month, this time of the season.”

One cowboy and his partner had a “git-er-done” attitude in team roping. Jake Minor, roping with header Garrett Rogers, had a steer that went a bit rogue in the arena. The team split third in the first round and needed a decent steer to make the short go. They got a runner that took 7.7 seconds to tame. Nevertheless, they’re here in today’s short round with a 13.5 on two.

“Yeah, you just want to make sure to get him caught. My partner was kind of late, I let him go off to the right. It just got away from us,” Minor said. “I really wanted to place in the round because it was pretty easy, but sure really wanted to make the short round and win a lot more if we place in the average.”

At 13.5 seconds, the duo is two full seconds behind average leaders Erich Rogers and Cory Petska.

If the regular season ended today – it ends on Sept. 30 – Rogers and Minor would be in…barely. So any money won now just adds to the coffers, when any cushion in the standings is needed.

One lady doesn’t have a cushion and is trying to chip away at the barrier to get to the top 15. Nellie Miller – the 22nd-ranked barrel racer in the WPRA – is having an Ellensburg that will certainly help with that. Miller won the first round with a 17.23-second run and placed well in the second round with a 17.43 to lead the average with a 34.66 going into today. Also back is four-time world champion and defending Ellensburg champion Sherry Cervi with a 35.31 aggregate.

In tie-down roping, everyone is still chasing Adam Gray and his 17.6 on two head.

One cowboy who had an outside shot at making it back today was Jake Pratt. The Ellensburg native needed a good calf, but didn’t get it as the calf fell in the dirt, costing Pratt valuable time.

“Today I didn’t get the go I needed right there,” he said. “My calf went down and I had to get ‘er up. It took a lot longer.”

Thinking to himself in the middle of his run, he knew that was a back breaker.

“Today for sure,” he said. “I knew I had to be dang sure top three in the round to be able to have a chance to come back. I feel like I had her roped in the right spot. She went down, had to get her up and it took forever.”

Pratt finished with an 11.9-second go round.

Andy Clary’s 87 in saddle bronc riding is still the standard in rodeo’s classic event. However, Jesse Wright’s 83.5 on Calgary’s Umber Bubbles will tie Luke Butterfield for second in the long go and get pro rodeo’s 19th-ranked saddle bronc rider a chance at short round and average money, something certainly needed for someone $11,000 out of the top 15 with less than a month to go in the regular season.

Today’s short go finale begins at 11:45 a.m.

Minor and Rogers cash in at Cinch Shootout

  • By JON GUDDAT Rodeo correspondent

Team ropers Garrett Rogers and Jake Minor score a 5.84 seconds time in the first round of the second annual Cinch Shootout in the Ellensburg Rodeo Arena, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016. The roping duo went on to take home a $10,000 check for winning the event. (Brian Myrick / Daily Record) 


Anybody looking for Ellensburg’s Jake Minor? Yeah, he’s on his way to the bank.

Minor and team roping partner Garret Rogers picked up the lucrative win in the Ellensburg Rodeo arena Sunday night, besting a field of seven team roping teams to pocket the $10,000 payday in the second annual Cinch Shootout.

The Shootout consists of seven competitors (or in team roping, seven teams) where each has a guarantee of one round. The top three times and scores will then make it to a sudden death round where the best get paid $10,000, with second earning $3,000 and third picking up $1,200.

In an evening where it’s basically go-for-broke without worrying about an average, Rogers and Minor earned their spot in the short go when they initially roped a 5.84-second steer to qualify them second behind Erich Rogers and Cory Petska, but in front of Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira. Driggers missed his shot in the short round, with Garrett Rogers and Minor stopping the clock in 5.11. Erich Rogers and Petska missed as well.

Minor admitted to some nerves, but he was calm and cool in the box.

“Yeah it was because I wanted to win first,” he said. “Second didn’t pay as much, it was a pretty big jump. I wanted to win it.”

He watched, but didn’t overthink the final round. Just 5.11 seconds later, each earned 10 grand.

“I was seeing what we had to do,” he continued. “Both of those teams are really fast and after Kaleb and Junior missed I felt we could try to go at it, so we’d win no worse than second, but I had to put the pressure on them a little bit.”

And while the Shootout is separate from Ellensburg’s PRCA-sanctioned rodeo which ends today, a big win against big-time competitors certainly puts some wind in a guy’s sails.

“It’s always good when you catch some and get a little confidence,” Minor said. “We’ve finally have caught a few good ones. Hopefully it helps us out.”

It certainly helps out a guy who’s in the middle of building a house. Tie-down roper Hunter Herrin didn’t even plan on being in Ellensburg this year, choosing to spend time on building a house while coaching his son’s football team. But he got the call for the Shootout and decided to come up to defend his title from last year’s inaugural event.

“This is a bonus right here for us guys,” he said. “This is the main reason why I came back to the rodeo this year. The committee having this and inviting us guys, it makes it that much better.”

Herrin rans his 8.76-second calf after Tyson Durfey opened the final round with a 10.39. Shane Hanchey had difficulties with his calf to finish with 10.27.

Herrin said his runs weren’t textbook, but aggressive.

“It changes a little bit in the final three right there,” he said. “Tyson, he had a little bit of a problem. I wouldn’t say I had the best run I could, but it made Shane go at it. There’s a lot of difference between 10,000 and 3,000.”

Jacobs Crawley is taking some of his winnings to spend it on a fly fishing trip next week. Crawley’s 84 in the long go narrowly got him to the short go in saddle bronc, but the defending world champion didn’t disappoint in the finale. Crawley rode Korkow’s Arabella to an 85.5 for the win. To make it even sweeter, the Texas cowboy got a little revenge from a previous ride.

“I knew my second one,” he said without hesitation. “I had her here last year in the rodeo and was 81 and was craving a rematch, so it’s kind of funny that the rematch was a year later in the same place. That’s a special horse of Korkow’s.”

Crawley beat Cort Scheer and Chad Ferley.

The evening’s short round opened with a bareback win for Tanner Aus, who bested a field that included two, four-time world champions, Bobby Mote and Kaycee Feild, and last year’s world champion Steven Peebles. Aus scored an 87.5 on Corey and Lange’s Luck, beating Mote by a half point.

In the big man’s event, Jason Thomas set the pace with a very quick 4.48-second steer wrestling run, only to watch KC Jones miss it by a hair (4.54) and two-time world champion Hunter Cure come nearly as close with a 4.57.

Similar to the bulldogging, barrel racer Ivy Conrado set the short go pace with a 17.36-second pattern. Christine Laughlin – who won Ellensburg in 2014 – narrowly missed beating that when she stopped the clock in 17.38. Sarah Rose McDonald, last year’s Shootout winner, was third with a 19.04.

Jeffrey Ramagos was the lone bull rider to make the whistle in bull riding’s short go. He scored an 81.5 on Korkow’s Secret Stash.

The Shootout included a mix of PRCA and ERA athletes as well as seven barrel racers from the WPRA. In all, 37 world championships and many past Ellensburg Rodeo champs were represented.