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LAS CRUCES - Strong performances in steer wrestling and goat tying helped bring New Mexico State University's rodeo team top honors at a home rodeo competition Friday and Saturday at the Southern New Mexico Fairgrounds.
NMSU won the women's competition with a solid performance by Mandy Sproul of Pearce, Ariz., who was second in the rodeo's all-around competition with a first in goat tying and a third in breakaway roping. Sproul was ranked first in all-around competition in the Grand Canyon Region prior to the rodeo.
The Aggie men took second place behind Cochise Community College. Leading the way was Clay Snure of Rodeo, N.M., who captured the all-around honors with a second in calf roping and a third in steer wrestling. Snure also was ranked first in the region's all-around prior to this weekend's rodeo.
The NMSU men took three of the top four places in steer wrestling and the women captured three of the top four slots in goat tying.
In women's team results, Central Arizona College was second among the five teams competing, followed by the University of Arizona in third. In men's results, Central Arizona was third among the six teams that competed.
Other NMSU team members with strong finishes were: Chance Van Winkle, Alto, N.M., who tied for second in saddle bronc riding; Justin Sanderlin of Morenci, Ariz., second in bullriding; Janelle Manygoats of Winslow, Ariz., second in breakaway roping; Misty Fudge of Big Horn, Wyo., second in goat tying; and Kyle Smith of Crownpoint, N.M., second in steer wrestling.
Next up for the NMSU rodeo team are back-to-back rodeos April 16-17 at Cochise College in Sierra Vista, Ariz.
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