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NMSU menís rodeo team holds national ranking

The New Mexico State University menís team reached the number one national spot in the Grand Canyon Region this weekend, making this the 10th consecutive seasonal win.

Topping Cal Poly State University by 130 points, NMSU menís rodeo beat out 24 colleges and universities across the region.

ďIt is a great accomplishment by these rodeo athletes to dominate the region and win all 10 regular season rodeos. Almost unprecedented,Ē NMSU rodeo coach Jim Brown said. ďI donít know if it has been done in our region in quite some time. As coach, this is definitely a milestone for our teamís accomplishments.Ē

A three-day rodeo event, April 25-27, held at the Aggie tailgate lot at NMSU proved to be successful, with two menís team first place titles and two womenís first and third place titles.

Rodeo athletes Bailey Bates, Shelby Montano, Nicole Sweazea, Tyke Kipp, Trenten Montero and Ty Anderson made the men and womenís all-around places for the weekend.

ďIt was an amazing feeling seeing our stands full despite the wind and blowing dust,Ē Brown said. ďOur hats are off to all the fans, students, community, faculty and staff for coming out and supporting the team. Our rodeo was awesome.Ē

Tyke Kipp is currently nationally ranked in fourth place for the menís all-around honor. He will be representing NMSU in saddle bronc riding and steer wresting at the College National Finals Rodeo.

ďYour goal as a high school student is to take state, and now being at the collegiate level Iíve taken regional and now national,Ē Kipp said. ďIt feels great!Ē

As regional champions, the Aggies will head to Casper, Wyo. for the College National Finals Rodeo, June 15-21, sending nine rodeo athletes to compete in events.

Qualifiers include: Trenton Montero, Tyke Kipp, Cody Mirabal, Pacen Marez, Colt Capurro, Reno Eddy, Russell Van Soelen, NaLynn Cline and Meghan Johnson.

ďMy formula as coach is to keep it simple,Ē Brown said. ďI do everything I can to provide the students with quality practice stock, so they stay sharp in their events; provide scholarships; and be there for them in their times of need, in and out of the arena and classroom.Ē

The menís team currently holds the number one national spot, with four regions left to complete rodeos.

For a full list of rodeo events visit the NMSU Rodeo Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/nmsu.rodeo.