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NMSU women's and men's rodeo teams hold on to first and second place

New Mexico State University's women's rodeo team held on to first place and the men's team held on to second place in the national standings in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association, or NIRA, after their most recent rodeo in Crownpoint, N.M., April 20-21.


The women's team dominated goat tying with Dixie Richards taking first place, Brandi Pifeifer in second, Nicole Sweazea in third and Randi Simpson and Kendra Stineman in fifth and sixth.

Several members of the men's team took second place in their respective categories including Anthony Buckman in bareback riding, Cooper DeWitt in saddle bronc riding and Victor Ugalde in tie-down roping.

"As we near the end of our season, I am excited to see our women's team holding the top spot in the nation, and the men's securing second place," said Jim Brown, coach of the men's and women's rodeo teams. "Several event races have yet to be decided and will come down to the last rodeo here at home in the Aggie Tailgate Lot. I encourage everyone to come out and cheer the Aggie Rodeo Team on to another victorious season."

The NMSU rodeo will take place April 27-28 beginning at 5 p.m. both days at the Aggie Tailgate Lot. Brown said it promises to be a thrilling rodeo and the team members are really looking forward to it.

Outside of the NIRA Cooper DeWitt came in third place in saddle bronc riding in the Frank DuBois Bronc Riding and Calf Roping event held April 13. Former NMSU rodeo team member Johnny Salvo also competed coming in first place during the second round.