BY BRETT NIERENGARTEN 

Since the time Ty Harris was 12-years-old, he thought he could make a career out of roping

The tie-down roper has proved his former self right by making his second consecutive NFR at the young age of 22. 

Harris charted his course for a second National Finals berth early in the year.

After four runs total in 2020, he had already racked up $7,299 thanks to a win at the Mid Winter Fair and Rodeo in Louisiana and placing in the first two rounds of the National Western. 

Harris didn't print money at that pace for the rest of the season, but he did continue a strong winter by earning checks on six of his nine runs between Feb. 1 and Feb. 15.

The most lucrative was the $3,000 he earned for his second place finish at his hometown San Angelo Cinch Chute Out. 

TY HARRIS AT CINCH CHUTE OUT 

The money in San Angelo was the third-biggest check Harris won in 2020. The other two came from rodeo wins in Killdeer, North Dakota and Sidney, Iowa, those won him $3,626 and $3,867 respectively.

Both wins came as part of a terrific July, which saw Harris win $18,949 total.  

In his first NFR appearance, Harris finished 14th in the average but won Rounds 5 and 6. He was 9th in the world standings when it was all said and done. This year, he qualified in the No. 6 position with $58,414. 

He shaved his average time from 12.3 seconds in 2019 down to 11.01 in 2020. 

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