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NMSU rodeo steadily holds second and third place at Cochise College

The men?s and women?s rodeo teams of New Mexico State University held a close lead Sept. 26-27 at Cochise College in Douglas, Arizona, with the men?s team taking second and women?s taking third place.

?NMSU teams did well as a whole,? NMSU rodeo coach Jim Brown said. ?Though we did not win first, we did bring home top All-Around men?s honors and saddle bronc riding.?

Tyke Kipp tied for the men?s All-Around award, while junior Ryan McCauley placed first in saddle bronc riding.

?I really like everything about saddle bronc riding,? said McCauley. ?Nothing in particular comes to mind as far as liking a part more than the rest. With rodeo, I really like that it?s a competition but everyone still helps each other out and pulls for one another.?

Among the first place winners were: Josh Davison in bull riding and Luke Webber and Garrett Hendrix in team roping. Other wins included Tyke Kipp for steer wrestling and saddle-bronc riding, Bailey Bates and Nicole Sweazea in breakaway and Nalynn Cline in barrel racing. Riders Lucas McKenzie, Ty Anderson, Sheldon Church and Ben South all placed in tie-down. Team ropers included Anderson, South, Omar Ramirez, Russell Van Soelen.

?We have a really good support system with good coaching, teammates, equipment and practice horses,? McCauley said. ?With all that, a person gets a better shot at having success and it?s a blessing which I?m thankful for.?

The rodeo team has seven rodeos left in the season before they compete at home.

The next rodeo is scheduled for Oct. 10-11 at Mesalands College in Tucumcari, New Mexico. For a full list of rodeo events visit the NMSU Rodeo Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/nmsu.rodeo.