Geraldine’s Joanna Hammett and Plainview’s Harley Wilkins have posted impressive times while competing against qualifiers from around the country in events at the National Junior High Finals Rodeo in Lebanon, Tennessee.

Hammett placed fifth out of 21 participants in Sunday night’s girl goat tying event. She clocked a fast time of 8.7 seconds. Others qualifiers are competing in the same event later in the week. Through four performances and 83 participants, Hammett’s time currently ranks ninth.

Hammett will also look to post a quick time in the ribbon roping event with her partner Colby Dodson later this week. Hammett is a seventh-grader at Geraldine. She stays active outside of rodeo events by playing volleyball and basketball. She is also a member of the Junior Beta Club.

Wilkins finished two events so far at the finals rodeo.

At the first performance Sunday night, her pole bending time of 21.424 seconds placed ninth out of 27 participants. At Tuesday morning’s performance, she finished the barrel racing event in 22.475 seconds. She will compete in the rifle shooting later this week.

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