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The New Mexico State University women's rodeo team won first place overall at the final rodeo of the semester, the NMSU National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) rodeo, held Nov. 15 in Las Cruces.
The women's team finished with a lead of more than 200 points over the second place team. The men's team placed second overall, coming in behind Central Arizona College.
"The women's team did well, though we need to start taking control of the goat tying and breakaway events. If we can rest this winter and come back fresh for next spring, we should be able to close the gap on the other schools and finish the year on top," said Jim Dewey Brown, NMSU rodeo coach.
In the breakaway roping event, Staci Stanbrough, of Capitan, N.M., placed second, with teammate Megan Wilkerson, of Sonoita, Ariz., finishing third.
El Paso, Texas, native Laura Baeza won first in the barrel racing. Jordan Bassett, of Dewey, Ariz., placed second.
Stanbrough placed second in the goat tying event.
For the men's team, Trey Bissett, of Bay City, Texas, won first in the bareback riding. Clay Geronimo, of Mescalero N.M., placed third.
In the saddlebronc event, Daniel Orris, of Durango, Colo., placed third.
Jett Sours, of Grady, N.M., and Marco LeBaron, of Mexico, placed first and third, respectively, in the bull riding.
Bryce Runyan, of Silver City, N.M., received third in the tie-down roping.
Wyatt Althoff, of Gilbert, Ariz., placed second in the steer wrestling event.
In the team roping, header Tyler Findley and heeler Donny DeForest, of Yuma, Ariz., received second. The team of Dalton Doak, of Las Cruces, N.M., and Brock Kipp, of Animas, N.M., placed third.
Stanbrough was named the women's all-around champion for the weekend.
The next NIRA rodeo will be held at Cochise College in Fort Huachuca, Ariz., March 6-7, 2009.
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