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NMSU Rodeo Teams Sparkle in Arizona

LAS CRUCES - New Mexico State University's men's and women's rodeo teams beefed up their leads in the Grand Canyon Region at three collegiate rodeos in Arizona.


Jordan Davis picked up three buckles and the men's team posted back-to-back wins in a doubleheader hosted by Central Arizona College March 1-2.

"We brought home six buckles for having the best two-day point totals," said NMSU rodeo coach Jim Dewey Brown.

Davis posted the top overall totals in saddle bronc, bull riding and men's all-around. Clay Snure earned a calf roping buckle on the Florence trip, and Cody Gentry finished as top heeler in team roping. Tori Koyle took home a breakaway roping buckle.

At the first day's rodeo in Florence, Davis took first in bull riding and second in saddle bronc to finish first in all-around. Clay Snure was runner-up in all-around points with second-place finishes in calf roping and team roping and a sixth in steer wrestling.

Jarret Corn was first in calf roping, and Cooper Wimberly was fourth. Wimberly was fifth in steer wrestling. Taylor Smith was third in saddle bronc.

In team roping, Dylan Salvo and Cody Gentry finished fifth. Gentry teamed with Jared Evans for sixth. The men's team finished in first place.

For the women, Koyle was first in breakaway roping, followed by Mandy Sproul in second and recent transfer Misty Fudge in sixth. The women's team was second.

"The women's team picked it up at the second rodeo," Brown said.

Sproul won the all-around with a first in barrel racing and second in goat tying at the second rodeo. Koyle posted another first in breakaway roping and a fifth in goat tying.

Leah Stevenson finished second in breakaway roping and tied for sixth in goat tying, while Cissi Dzera was sixth in breakaway.

Davis won both saddle bronc and bull riding to capture all-around honors at the second rodeo. John Pete Etcheverry was third in steer wrestling.

Evans and Gentry tied for first in team roping. In calf roping, Snure was second, Corn third and Wimberly sixth.

The women's team won again at the University of Arizona on March 8, with Sproul taking all-around honors. She was third in barrel racing, third in team roping, fourth in goat tying and sixth in breakaway roping. Koyle was first in goat tying and Stevenson was third in breakaway roping.

The men's team was second, despite a strong showing in calf roping. "It's their first time not to win this season," Brown said.

In calf roping, Snure was second, Wimberly third, Sterling Walker fifth and Buddy Robinson sixth. Snure was fourth in steer wrestling. Davis was third in saddle bronc.

Evans and Gentry were first in team roping, Sproul was third with a roper from another university, and Robinson and Etcheverry were fifth.