Steer roper Chet Herren of Pawhuska claimed the average championship Friday at the Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo in Duncan.
Herren roped and tied down three steers in 39.8 seconds Friday morning at the Stephens County Fair and Expo Center to win the title.
He earns a berth in the National Circuit Finals Steer Roping next spring in Torrington, Wyo. He also will be competing Nov. 2-3 at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie in the National Finals Steer Roping.
Two-time world champion Rocky Patterson of Pratt, Kan., finished second in the average in a cumulative time of 41.3 seconds and also won the year-end championship.
The Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo continues through Saturday.
OCU OPENS WITH THREE WINS
The defending national champion Oklahoma City University women's wrestling team opened its season Friday with three routs at the Cliff Keen OCU Duals in Abe Lemons Arena. The Stars whipped Lindenwood (Mo.) 41-0; Waldorf (Iowa) 43-3; and Jamestown (N.D.) 33-10. Oklahoma City, which opened the season ranked No. 2, has won 60 consecutive duals.
The Stars had two falls each from Emily Webster (101 pounds), Joey Miller (116) and Brieanna Delgado (136).
The tournament continues at 9 a.m. Saturday.