NMSU rodeo brings home national honor
Las Cruces, NM — New Mexico State University’s rodeo team competed at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming, June 15-21, bringing home a national victory.
NMSU junior Tyke Kipp took the second spot, behind Wharton County Junior College rider Cade Goodman as the reserve national champion in steer wrestling.
“Tyke was consistent all week and turned up the heat in the short round,” NMSU rodeo coach Jim Brown said. “I cannot complain. NMSU did great!”
Eleven regions compete within the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association for a shot at a CNFR championship title. Overall, NMSU placed 21st out of 56 teams.
“My goal was to make the short round and try to bring a national championship home,” Kipp said. “Making second as a representative of NMSU, New Mexico, for God, my family and friends, it means a lot to me. I’m just trying to make our region proud.”
The team had many other strong finishes with Colt Capurro placing 32nd in steer wrestling. Cody Mirabal placed 23rd in tie down and 14th in team roping with partner Reno Eddy. Pacen Marez placed 39th in tie down. Meghan Johnson tied for 17th in barrel racing and team roper Russell Van Soelen placed 12th with partner Daniel Baeza of Mesa Community College.
“Team roping was tough,” Brown said. “Cody and Reno did what they had to do and Rusty, he did what he had to do all week.”
Qualifier Trenton Montero broke his ankle during the El Paso pro-rodeo the week before CNFR and was unable to compete. He had surgery the week of competition.
For a full list of the 2014 CNFR results visit the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association website at http://www.collegerodeo.com/CNFR/CNFRResults.asp?Year=2014