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Team ropers Egusquiza/Koontz set record in Oakley City

by Tracy Renck | Jul 07, 2018

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – These are the runs team ropers remember.

Dustin Egusquiza and Kory Koontz broke the rodeo record at the Oakley (Utah) Independence Day Rodeo with a time of 3.5 seconds on July 6.

The duo will have to wait and see if the time holds up for the win as the rodeo concludes tonight. Egusquiza and Koontz were the second team to break the rodeo record July 6 as team ropers Jeff Flenniken/Jake Minor briefly held the best mark 3.9 seconds before Egusquiza and Koontz’s run.

“We just had a really good steer and I got a good start and headed on him pretty fast and it just shaped up really fast and Kory heeled him as quick as possible,” Egusquiza said. “I’ve been 3.5 a few other times, but that’s the fastest I’ve ever been, and it is cool, and I remember all the times I have been 3.5.”

Egusquiza and Koontz won Round 7 of the 2017 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo with a 3.5-second time. That was a new Round 7 record at the Wrangler NFR.

Prior to July 6, the rodeo record in team roping was shared by three sets of team ropers at 4.1 seconds. Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira, and John Alley and Clark Adcock set the record in 2016. Then in 2017, Charly Crawford and Joseph Harrison tied the record.

“Dustin got it on one really fast and it worked good,” said Koontz, a 21-time qualifier for the NFR. “That was more like an NFR time right there. You can’t be that fast with any kind of hiccup in there. Dustin has the ability to get it on a steer maybe faster than anyone I’ve seen in my life. He got it on that one really fast and everything clicked. Last year here (at Oakley City) Dustin turned one maybe even faster and the steer handled a little wild and I missed him, so this was good redemption for me.”

Steer wrestler Lummus tied the rodeo record at the Rooftop Rodeo with a 3.2-second time in the second round. He now shares the Rooftop Rodeo record with John Lowry, who set the record in 1976, and Chad Hagan matched his time in 2002.

“Honestly I didn’t even know I did tie the record,” Lummus said. “That’s the fastest I’ve ever been, last year I was 3.3 (seconds) at Jackson, Miss., and that was my fastest time, so to go faster is awesome. I jumped on a horse K.C. Jones owns named Tebow and it is a joke in our rig if you want to win first just get on Tebow. Tebow scores outstanding and he just lets you win. He does his job and all you have to do is back in there and do your job.”

Lummus is traveling with fellow bulldoggers Ross Mosher, Cody Cabral, Dane Browning and Jones. Based on the available statistics in the Rooftop Rodeo record book, if Lummus’ two-head average time of 7.0 seconds that also will be a new record at the Rooftop Rodeo. Kenny Coppini (2002) and Matt Reeves (2010) share the record in the two-head average at 7.5 seconds. The rodeo ends July 10.

At the St. Paul (Ore.) Rodeo, team ropers Steven Duby/Evan Arnold tied the rodeo record with a 4.1-second run in the first round. Charly Crawford and Joseph Harrison set the St. Paul record of 4.1 seconds in 2017.    

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