Writer: Margaret Kovar, 575-646-3082, email@example.com
The New Mexico State University rodeo team dominated the competition during the Dine College National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) Rodeo in Tsaile, Ariz., Oct. 11-12.
"Despite the absolutely miserable weather, the teams pulled wins across the board. I was very pleased with their performances and look forward to our fall rodeo Nov. 15 at NMSU," said Jim Dewey Brown, NMSU rodeo coach.
Both the men's and the women's team placed first overall, with the men placing more than 250 points over the nearest competitor, Mesalands College.
For the women's team, Megan Wilkerson, of Sonoita, Ariz., won first in the breakaway roping. Kelsi Elkins, of Aztec, N.M., and Jordan Bassett, of Dewey, Ariz., placed first and second, respectively, in the goat tying event.
Bay City, Texas, native Trey Bissett won first in the bareback riding and also placed third in the bull riding. Dean Daly, of Belen, N.M., received first in the saddlebronc riding.
In the tie-down event, Rylan Edgmon, of Black Canyon City, Ariz., placed first, with teammate Bryce Runyan, of Silver City, N.M., placing second.
Justin Wilson, of Carlsbad, N.M., placed second in the steer wrestling.
The team of CJ Lufkin, from Central Arizona College, and JoDan Mirabal, of Grants, N.M., won first in the team roping event. Corban Livingston, of El Paso, Texas, and his partner Rodee Walraven of Datil, N.M., placed second.
Bissett was named the men's all-around champion for the second rodeo in a row. Elkins was named the women's all-around.
The next NIRA rodeo will be held at NMSU Nov. 15.
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