Mendes, Shimogawa advance in Open Roping

WAIMEA — Bronson Mendes teamed with Marcus Shimogawa to snag their animal in a quick 5.9 seconds to advance to the finals of the Waimea Roundup Rodeo, which opened Friday at the Friendship Do’s Ranch arena — a part of the Waimea Town Celebration.

Mendes and Shimogawa finished tops in the 107-team Open Roping competition where the top 20 finishers from Friday’s competition advance to the finals, Sunday.

The finals field will have 21 teams competing as the duo of Ross Farias and Kain Silva tied with the pair of Chaz Rita and Duane Shimogawa, each team snaring their animal on 11.19 go’s.

Other finalists include Kain Sila and Randall Soares (6.57), Clay Chow and Clayton Chow (6.81), Lorrin Aiwohi and Kona Wong (7.12), Ross Brun and Kain Silva (7.19), Kelly Medeiros and Chaz Rita (7.23), Stuart Wellington and Raine Youn (7.99), Tevyn Rita and Stetson Thronas (8.02), Koby Blackstad and Kelly Medeiros (8.05), Thomas (Tommy) Aiu and Russell Miranda (8.17), Sam (Pat) Brun and Austin Wellington (8.22), Lance Fu and Stetson Thronas (8.95), Koby Blackstad and Justin (Kama) Vierra (8.97), Clay Chow and Stetson Thronas (9.6), Stoney Boy Joseph and Buddy Victorino (10.29), Ross Farias and Austin Wellington (10.29), Stuart Wellington and Jim Hobbs (10.52), Randall Saores and Austin Wellington (10.59), and Kamoi Refamonte and Tevyn Rita (10.59).

The day continued with roping in the No. 4 Roping competition featuring 187 teams competing in the header/heeler roping. The top 20 teams finishing in this event will also advance to the finals Sunday.

The Waimea Roundup Rodeo continues Saturday from 9 a.m. to sunset and Sunday starting from 10 a.m.

Food concessions and crafts are available.

Information: 645-1510.

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