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The New Mexico State University men's and women's rodeo teams are both ranked first in the Grand Canyon Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA).
As of May 5, standings posted on the NIRA Web site show the men's team with nearly 1,000 points over the second place finisher, Cochise College. The women's team has more than 5,000 points over New Mexico Highlands University.
Wyatt Althoff, of Gilbert, Ariz., and Tony Steele, of Alamo, Nev., are ranked second and third, respectively, in the men's all-around.
In the women's all-around, Brittany Striegel, of Aztec, N.M., is ranked first. She is followed by Bailey Gow, of Roseburg, Ore., and Staci Stanbrough, of Capitan, N.M.
In the saddle bronc riding, Dean Daly, of Belen, N.M., is ranked first in the region. Olan Borg, of Camp Verde, Ariz., is ranked third.
In the bareback riding, Clay Geronimo, of Mescalero, N.M., is ranked third.
Steele is ranked third in the bull riding.
Datil, N.M., native Johnny Salvo is ranked third in the tie-down roping event.
Tanner Robinson, of Mesilla Park, N.M., is ranked second in the steer wrestling.
For team roping header, Althoff is ranked first, with Steele ranked third.
For team roping heeler, Aaron Moyers, of Moriarty, N.M. is ranked first, while teammate Matt Garza, of Mesquite, N.M., is ranked third.
In the barrel racing event, Laure Baeza, of El Paso, Texas; Kelsi Elkins, of Aztec, N.M.; and Gow are ranked first, second and third, respectively.
Striegel is ranked first in the breakaway roping, and Gow is ranked second.
In the goat tying, Megan Corey, of Bremerton, Wash., is ranked first. Striegel and Stanbrough are ranked second and third, respectively.
NMSU will be sending 17 athletes to the College National Finals Rodeo June 15-21 in Casper, Wyo.
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