SISTERS, Ore. — A trio of area steer wrestlers cashed checks here Sunday at the conclusion of the 79th annual Sisters Rodeo.

Walla Walla native Travis Taruscio, now of Stanfield, won the second round of bulldogging with a time of 4.2 seconds, which was good for a handsome $1,577.18 payoff.

Hayden Ray Fullerton of Dayton was clocked in 5.2 seconds in the same round. He finished fourth and earned $489.47.

And Taylor Gregg, a Touchet product who now makes his home in Walla Walla, finished fourth in the steer wrestling average at 11.7 seconds on two runs. He collected $739.20.

Touchet’s Chance Gartner was in the running for a check in the steer wrestling average until Sunday’s final day of competition when his 14.9 time narrowly finished outside the money.

Likewise Kacey Gartner of Touchet finished just out of the money in barrel racing with an 18.02 clocking that she had early in the week in slack competition.

Mike McGinn of Haines, Ore., won the bulldogging championship with 8.9 seconds on two head and earned a tidy $2,365.77 check. Meka Farr of Honeyville, Utah, won the barrel racing competition with a 17.29 time and was rewarded with a $4,037.30 payoff.

Tyler Forsberg of Fillmore, Calif., was the rodeo’s all-around champion. He earned $1,842.40 by placing second in the first go of tie-down roping and finishing 10th in team roping with partner Clay Caden of Santa Maria, Calif.

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