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NMSU rodeo teams at number one after rodeo at home

New Mexico State University's rodeo teams keep gaining points and both the men's and women's teams are now at the top of their region in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association's standings.

At the recent rodeo held in Las Cruces the men's team held the top three slots in the bareback competition with Trenten Montero of Winnemucca, Nev., coming in first, Tony Buckman of Bend, Ore., in second place and Paden Underwood also of Winnemucca, in third. Cooper DeWitt of Rio Rico, Ariz., continues to stay strong in the saddlebronc competition and took the number one spot in the recent competition.

Shelby Montano of Thoreau, N.M., came in first in goat tying while Nicole Sweazea of Mountainair, N.M., helped the women's rodeo team pick up points when she came in second in the breakaway competition. Raley Radomske of Ellensburg, Wash., and Dixie Richards who is also from Winnemucca, helped gain points in the breakaway competition as well, rounding out the last two slots in the top five.

"With both men's and women's teams on top at the close of the fall season, we have a great chance to keep our standings for the next six rodeos," said NMSU rodeo coach Jim Brown.

Not only is the NMSU men's team ranked first in the region, but they are also ranked first in the national standings. The women's team ranks first regionally and fifth nationally.

"I look forward to the spring as it will be an exciting race to the end with the Mesalands and New Mexico Highlands teams right on our tails," Brown said.

The next rodeo will be held at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Feb. 4, 2012.