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Four athletes ride their way to the top at first college rodeo

Through cold nights, dusty winds and dirty faces, the New Mexico State University rodeo team competed aggressively at the first college rodeo of the spring 2018 season in Fort Huachuca, Arizona, March 3-4.

A man wrestles a steer during a college rodeo.
New Mexico State University Rodeo athlete Tyler Muth wrestles his steer during the Fort Huachuca, Arizona rodeo. (NMSU photo by Savannah Montero)
A woman in western attire steps off of her horse during the goat tying event at a college rodeo.
New Mexico State University Rodeo athlete Kimmy Ferrante dismounts her horse in the goat tying event during the Fort Huachuca, Arizona, college rodeo. (NMSU photo by Savannah Montero)
A man in western attire ropes the hind legs of a steer while riding a horse.
New Mexico State University Rodeo athlete Trevor Scott ropes the hind leg of his steer in the team roping event during the Fort Huachuca, Arizona college rodeo. (NMSU photo by Savannah Montero)

NMSU rodeo coach Logan Corbett said Fort Huachuca rodeo was good but not great but something to build on for the startup of the term.

“There is unlimited potential for our team this season,” Corbett said. There is no reason why we shouldn’t qualify a men’s and women’s team to the CNFR (College National Finals Rodeo).”

The men’s team finished second overall, and the women’s team placed fourth. Four event average winners helped to increase the teams’ overall points.

Freshman Colton Clemens from Firth, Idaho, scored a 68-point ride in the bareback riding, March 3, in the first round placing second. The following day he spurred his way into scoring a 70 in the short round tying for first. Clemens won the average in Fort Huachuca.

“It wasn’t pretty but I stayed locked in and it worked out,” Clemens said. “I can build off each week and keep it going.”

Tyler Muth, junior from Murrieta, California, wrestled the average win in the steer wrestling. He finished fourth in the first round and third in the short-go.

Savannah Montero, senior from Winnemucca, Nevada, tied a 7.7 second run in the first round in the goat tying placing her first. Montero wrapped things up in the short-go with a 7.3 second run winning both rounds and the average.

Freshman Levi Whitley from Blanco, New Mexico, rode his way to the top covering two bulls with scores of 77 and in the short-go a 70-point ride resulting in an average win in the bull riding for the NMSU team.

“It felt great winning the bull riding,” Whitley said. “It’s about time, I struggled through the first semester, and I’m feeling great for the second.”

The NMSU team has four more competitive weekends left in the season to determine who will compete at the college finals in Casper, Wyoming. NMSU will head to Casa Grande, Arizona, to compete March 10-11.

For more information on the upcoming season, contact Corbett at lcorbett@nmsu.edu.