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The New Mexico State University Rodeo team continued their national winning streak at the 2010 College National Finals Rodeo June 12-19 in Casper, Wyo.
NMSU sent 10 student athletes to this year's CNFR. To qualify for the CNFR, a student must place in the top three in their event in the region, or place in the top two in the all-around standings.
Bo Simpson, of Las Cruces, N.M., won first place in round one of the tie-down roping. JoDan Mirabal, of Grants, N.M., placed 14th. In round two, Johnny Salvo, of Horse Springs, N.M., and Simpson received fourth and 20th, respectively. Simpson placed seventh, Mirabal placed 10th and Salvo placed 12th in round three.
In round two of the team roping, Rodee Walraven, header, of Datil, N.M., and Salvo, heeler, placed seventh. They also placed sixth in round three, with Mirabal, header, and Corban Livingston, heeler, of El Paso, Texas, placing seventh. Walraven and Salvo came back to win third place in the short go.
Jordan Bassett, of Dewey, Ariz., placed fifth in round one and 12th in round two of the barrel racing.
In round one of the breakaway roping, Staci Stanbrough, of Capitan, N.M., received second, with teammate Jessica Silva, of Tularosa, N.M., placing 17th. Belen, N.M., native Carleigh Marr placed 12th in round two.
Stanbrough also placed 13th in round three of the goat tying.
In the final standings, the men's team placed sixth overall and the women's team placed 16th. Salvo received the honor of the 2010 CNFR Reserve All-Around Cowboy, and Simpson's horse, "Shorts My Fancy," was named the American Quarter Horse Association Reserve Champion Men's Horse of the Year.
"The team represented NMSU awesomely both in the arena and in the community. All of our kids spent at least one or more of their days filling sand bags for the Red Cross up there. They are great kids and I am proud to have them on our team," said Megan Corey Albrecht, assistant NMSU Rodeo coach and 2008 National Goat Tying Champion.
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