Casera Silva gets a buckle

Casera Silva, a sixth-grade student, earned a state champion buckle for pole bending during the Hawaii High School State Junior High School Rodeo finals at the Parker Ranch on the Big Island.

Silva was one of two Kauai junior high school rodeo competitors representing Kauai at the state finals that wrapped up Sunday.

Alohilani Blackstad, a seventh-grade student, was the other Kauai competitor, finishing third out of 15 girls in the girls breakaway event.

Blackstad jumped out to a 9.396 second first go for sixth place, dropping to eighth place on her second go at 19.110. She clocked 19.162 in her third go, the final run for fifth place. This put her at an average of 47.668 for an overall third place over 15 girls.

Silva, running in that event, finished 14th with a 138.289 average following three go’s.

Silva’s strong suit came in pole bending, placing first on a 22.444 on her first go. She followed that with a 21.884 on her second go, and locked up the buckle on her final short go with a first place 22.011.

Blackstad also competed in the event, finishing sixth following a 25.215 first go, 23.291 second go, and a 28.424 final short go.

Overall, Silva competed in barrel racing, pole bending, team roping, breakaway roping, goat tying, and ribbon roping.

Blackstad participated in barrel racing, pole bending, team roping, breakaway roping, and goat tying.

Overall, Blackstad finished the 2015-2016 rodeo circuit in first place for the girls on Kauai with 431 points followed by Reign Palama at 371 points, and Silva at 356 points, according to Hawaii High School Rodeo Association statistics.

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