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Nine of NMSU?s rodeo team qualify for College National Finals Rodeo

New Mexico State University?s rodeo team held a successful home rodeo April 24-26, taking first place in men?s and second place for the women?s team. Nine members from the team have qualified to compete at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming, June 14-20.

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Carter Blackmore participating in the April 24-26 New Mexico State University Rodeo. The home rodeo for NMSU has won top rodeo for the 10th time. (Photo by Bailey Bonfantini)

?The end of our regular season is a punctuation mark on all the success during the year,? NMSU rodeo coach Jim Brown said. ?The team and I hosted and produced a fantastic rodeo which earned ?Best Rodeo of the Year? for the tenth time, and competed at the top of their game all weekend. I am proud to say we had multiple event champs and finished our season with four regional event championships, one all-around championship and the men?s team championship.?

Nicole Sweazea received the women?s all-around honor during the weekend event.

First place riders include: Ryan McCauley in saddle bronc riding, Nicole Sweazea in breakaway, goat tying and team roping, Tyke Kipp in steer wrestling, NaLynn Cline in barrel racing and Garrett Hendrix in tie-down.

?Our CNFR qualifiers will need to stay sharp over the next month to go into the finals, ready to compete alongside the best talent in college rodeo,? Brown said. ?We are in a great position coming off a strong season to do some good in Casper.?

Of the students qualified for the national rodeo, two freshmen join this year?s roster, Zoe Billings, of Las Cruces, and Lucas MacKenzie of Cave Creek, Arizona.

Upperclassmen include: Sheldon Church, Josh Davison, Reno Eddy, Tyke Kipp, Ryan McCauley, Cody Mirabal and Paden Underwood.

Eleven regions compete within the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association for a shot at a CNFR championship title. Last year, NMSU placed 21st out of 56 teams.

For a full list of the 2015 NMSU rodeo results visit the NMSU Rodeo Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/nmsu.rodeo