If baseball is a game of inches, then rodeo is a sport of seconds - and points.

First-night leaders in all seven events at the Heart of America Rodeo were separated by only tenths of a second or four points or less.

The closest event was the steer wrestling, where Jade Berry of Interior, S.D., led John Traul of Fort Scott, Kan., by .a tenth of a second, 5.2-5.3.

Jeff Miller of Blue Mound, Kan., was third at 5.7 seconds.

Two points separated first and second places in the bareback and saddle bronc riding.

Scotty NeSmith of Russellville, Tenn., got a 78 in the bareback competition. Justin Williams of Desoto, Kan., was right behind at 76.

Davy Ross of Senatobia, Miss., held down third with a 62-point ride.

There were only two qualified rides in the saddle bronc competition, both by Nebraskans.

Cooper McBride of Big Springs had an 80 while Cort Scheer of Elsmere earned a 78.

Just .7 of a second separates first and third in the team roping.

J.D. Bacon of Ochelata and Ernie Bacon of Ada took the lead with a 5.7-second run.

Rob Holland of Riley, Kan., and Luke Holland of Bucyrus, Kan., are right behind at 6.0 seconds and Robert Kirchner and Darin Suit, both of Ames, are third at 6.4 seconds.

Paul Hixon of Owasso held a four-point lead over Nathan Klassen of Bartleville (85-81) in the bull riding.

Justin Koon of Grapevine, Ark., was third at 75.

In the barrel racing, Nakea Maddox of Benton, Ark., took the lead with a 16.35-second ride. However, Missi Henderson of Winfield, Kan., was second at 16.40.

Miami's Rhonda Straw was third at 16.44 seconds.

The final go-round was Saturday night.