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LAS CRUCES - New Mexico State University senior Clay Snure moved into first place in men's all-around rodeo standings for the Grand Canyon Region, following strong showings in calf roping and steer wrestling in Tucson, Ariz.
Snure, the all-round winner at the University of Arizona rodeo Feb. 7, was second in calf roping with a time of 10.7 seconds. In steer wrestling, he and teammate Kyle Smith posted runner-up times of 7.7 seconds.
"Clay's performance was the highlight of the rodeo," rodeo coach Jim Dewey Brown said. "The men did well, but we had some tough arena conditions to deal with."
Snure and senior Mandy Sproul, the regional leader in women's all-around, are making the most of their final year of eligibility. Both are scheduled to graduate in May, a few weeks before the College National Finals Rodeo.
Both the NMSU men and women's teams finished third in Tucson.
Chance Van Winkle was third in saddlebronc riding with a score of 60 points. John Pete Etcheverry was sixth in steer wrestling with a time of 13.2 seconds.
Sproul finished in a three-way tie for second in goat tying with a time of 8.7 seconds. In barrel racing, Jamie Jeffers and Audrey Baeza were fifth and sixth, respectively.
Allen Tacker and Aaron Thomas were second in team roping with a time of 7.7 seconds. Jarred Evans and Kody Gentry were fourth at 8.3 seconds.
The NMSU women are still in first place in the region with a 200-point lead, while the men's team is in third place.
NMSU's next competitions are back-to-back rodeos March 6-7, hosted by Central Arizona College, followed by a home rodeo April 2-3 at the Southern New Mexico Fairgrounds.
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