Wednesday, March 21, 2012

NMSU women’s rodeo team still first in the nation while the men’s team drops to second

New Mexico State University’s rodeo teams took first place in half of the events held at the Cochise Community College rodeo earlier this month in Douglas, Ariz., however only the women’s team was able to hold on to their first place national ranking while the men’s team dropped a notch to second place.

Once the women’s all-around points were compiled, NMSU rodeo team members held the second, third and fourth highest totals thanks to Randi Simpson, Brandi Pfeifer and Dixie Richards. Richards’ best event this rodeo was goat-tying where she came in first place, with Simpson coming in second and Pfeifer coming in third.

Nicole Sweazea helped round up some points for the women’s team when she came in second in breakaway roping. Simpson and Pfeifer took third and fourth place in the same category.

Although they dropped to second place in the national standings the men still had a strong showing with Trenton Montero and Anthony Buckman taking first and second place in bareback riding. Kurtis Barry, Rusty VanSoelen and Cody Runyan racked up points by coming in first, third and fourth place in tie-down roping.

The top spot in team roping header was taken by Wade Baize while Tyrel Jensen came in first in team roping heeler. When looking at the all-around points for the men’s teams NMSU rodeo team members hold spots three through six which include Kurtis Barry, Cooper DeWitt, Cody Runyan and Rusty VanSoelen.

Date: 2012-03-20
Writer: Melisa P. Danho, 575-646-3082,

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