CASPER, Wyo. -- Luke Creasy maintained his momentum from the college rodeo season with a successful first round in bareback riding competition at the College National Finals Rodeo in Caper, Wyo.
The Texas Tech senior is tied for first place after his 82.5-point ride on Real Bird Bucking Horse's Pioche.
Creasy has at least two more bucking horses to ride in his pursuit to compete in the championship in six days.
Ty Breuer of Central Wyoming College is tied with Creasy for first place.
Preliminary competitions will take place all week leading up to Saturday's championship round.
Benton City's Laine Baze, competing for Walla Walla Community College, got no score on his first bull ride.