Writer: Margaret Kovar, 575-646-3082, email@example.com
The New Mexico State University rodeo team demonstrated consistent talent yet again during the Navajo Technical Institute National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) rodeo April 10-11 in Crownpoint, N.M.
Both the men's and the women's team won first overall. The wins help strengthen the teams' leads in the Grand Canyon region of the NIRA; the men's team now leads by more than 500 points and the women's team leads by nearly 1,000 points.
"We squeaked by this weekend, but a win is a win. The weather was miserable, but we had some good runs and rides for the most part," said Jim Dewey Brown, NMSU rodeo coach.
For the women's team, Staci Stanbrough, of Capitan, N.M., tied for first place in the breakaway roping. Teammate Jordan Bassett, of Dewey, Ariz., placed second in the goat tying.
Mescalero, N.M., native Clay Geronimo won first in the bareback riding event.
Steve Hacker, of Battle Mountain, Nev., received third in the saddlebronc event.
Rylan Edgmon, of Black Canyon City, Ariz., won first in the tie-down roping. Coy Burruel, of Tucson, Ariz., and Bryce Runyan, of Silver City, N.M., placed second and third, respectively.
In the team roping, header Rodee Walraven, of Datil, N.M., and heeler Burruel won first. The team of Aaron Moyers, of Moriarty, N.M., and Dustin Hintz, from Central Arizona College, received third.
Burruel was named the men's all-around for the weekend.
The final rodeo of the season will be held at NMSU in Las Cruces April 24-25.
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