LAS VEGAS — Montana, say hello to your two newest world champions. Helena steer wrestler Ty Erickson and Miles City tie-down roper Haven Meged claimed 2019 PRCA world titles Saturday during the final round of the National Finals Rodeo at the Thomas & Mack Center on Saturday.
Meged’s race was as close as they come. The 21-year-old Miles City native was just seventh in the world coming into Round 10 but led the NFR Average as the most consistent rider of the competition. Meged was solid again Saturday, clocking in at 8.0 seconds, his best time of the rodeo. But then the waiting game started.
Five more riders had a chance to catch Meged. He survived the first four, and then came Shane Hanchey, the former world champion who entered the night No. 1 in the PRCA standings but well down in the high-paying Average. Hanchey needed to win the round outright – a 7.0-second time or better – to overtake Meged in the projected title standings, but Hanchey could only manage to split the round win with Adam Gray at 7.1 seconds.