Katelyn McRee state high school champion barrel racer

Pagosa Springs high school students Raesha Ray (senior), Freshman Re’ahna Ray (freshman) and Katelyn McRee (freshman) competed in 31 high school rodeos throughout the year in order to make it to the state finals, held June 11-14 in Lamar, Colo.

Other students competing throughout the year, but not attending the finals, were Breann Decker and Waylon Lucero.

Katelyn McRee is the Colorado State High School Champion Barrel Racer and the Reserve State Champion pole bender.

McRee finished round one fourth in barrels and fifth in breakaway roping. In round two, she was second in barrels and third in pole bending. In the short go, McKree was second in barrels, seventh in breakaway and fourth in pole bending.

McRee tied with Karly Benzie, a senior from Bayfield, for the state finals all-around cowgirl. For the year-end all-around, she placed third, and was second in the running for Rookie of the Year. She placed 10th in breakaway for the year.

McRee will represent Colorado in pole bending and barrels at the National Finals in Farmington N.M., July 19-25 Only the top four finalists in each event get a chance to represent their state.

The Rays competed in barrel racing, pole bending, breakaway and goat tying, and they were team-roping partners.

McRee competed in barrel racing, pole bending and breakaway, and in team roping with Waylon Lucero.

At the state finals, Raesha Ray took first place in round one of pole bending, earning her eighth place in the year-end pole bending standings. She placed 10th in round one goat tying, In breakaway roping she placed fourth in round two and fifth in the short go — earning her sixth place in the year-end standings

Re’ahna Ray took fourth in breakaway roping in round one, and seventh in goat tying in round two.

Photo courtesy Tracie McRee
Katelyn McRee was one of three Pagosa competitors at the recent Colorado high school rodeo finals. McRee’s performances earned her recognition as the Colorado State High School Champion Barrel Racer and the Reserve State Champion pole bender. Also competing at Lamar were Raesha and Re’ahna Ray.