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NMSU Rodeo team places strongly at second rodeo of the season

The New Mexico State University Rodeo team continued to hold its own against the competition during the Cochise College National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association rodeo Sept. 24-25 in Douglas, Ariz.


The men's team won first overall, leading the nearest competitor by nearly 100 points. The women's team was second, placing behind Northland Pioneer College by only 25 points.

"The men's win and the women's solid second place should put NMSU Rodeo on top of the Grand Canyon region's leader board," said Megan Corey Albrecht, NMSU Rodeo assistant coach.

Tony Buckman, of Bend, Ore., placed second overall in bareback riding.

Cooper DeWitt, of Rio Rico, Ariz., won first in the saddlebronc riding event, with teammate Trenten Montero, of Winnemucca, Nev., receiving third.

Horse Springs, N.M., native Johnny Salvo placed second in tie-down roping, and Bo Simpson, of Las Cruces, N.M., placed third.

In breakaway roping, Raley Rodomske, of Ellensburg, Wash., and Shiann Irwin, of Bosque Farms, N.M., placed second and third, respectively.

Rodomske also placed third in the goat tying event, and was named the women's all-around for the weekend.

"This was a solid performance by our Aggies, and the freshmen are staking their claim as part of NMSU Rodeo's winning tradition," said Jim Dewey Brown, NMSU Rodeo coach.

The team will next compete at the Dine College NIRA rodeo Oct. 8-9 in Tsaile, Ariz.