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NMSU rodeo steals the spotlight in last rodeo of the season

The men?s and women?s rodeo teams of New Mexico State University rose to the challenge, taking top spots at the Mesalands College rodeo in Tucumcari, New Mexico, Oct. 10-11.

The women?s team finished in first place, while men?s took second.

?I am very proud of the teams, they competed well and finished the fall season off on top,? NMSU rodeo coach Jim Brown said.

Cody Mirabal was the recipient of the men?s All-Around award.

First place went to Josh Davison in saddle bronc riding, Zoe Billings in breakaway, Tyke Kipp in steer wrestling, Courtney Campbell in barrel racing, Sheldon Church in tie-down and Luke Webber and Garrett Hendrix for team roping.

Winners include: Paden Underwood in bareback, Casey Wood, Ryan McCauley and Tyke Kipp in saddle bronc riding and Channing Moore in bull riding. NaLynn Cline and Makayla Jacobs placed in breakaway, while Carter Blackmore and NaLynn Cline took places for barrel racing. Sheldon Church, Cody Mirabal, Jed Davison and Russel Van Soelen all placed in tie-down, Nicole Sweazea and Zoe Billings for goat tying and Trey Blackmore, Daniel Baeza, Russel Van Solen, Nicole Sweazea and Carl Sweazea in team roping.

?This was a great end to our fall semester rodeos and will be a great starting point when we kick back up in the spring,? Brown said. ?Now we can relax and recover. We will continue to practice strong to stay sharp.?

The rodeo team has six rodeos left before they compete at home.

NMSU rodeo hosts the annual ?Wild Ride? and the Frank DuBois Bronc Riding/Tie-Down Roping Event at the end of this month.

For a full list of rodeo events visit the NMSU Rodeo Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/nmsu.rodeo.