For the first time in the program’s history, the Mesalands Community College men’s rodeo team clinched the Grand Canyon Regional Championship title in Las Cruces April 29-30. The men’s team finished the season with a total of 6,841.5 points, ending New Mexico State University’s 8-year winning streak.
“Normally we have one or two students that excel. This year we have many students that compete well in just about every event,” C.J. Aragon, Mesalands rodeo coach, said. “Also this year our Men’s Team dominated in steer wrestling, bareback riding and bull riding.”
In Las Cruces, Jordan Spears of Palo Cedro, Calif. had a strong showing in bull riding, earning him the championship title. Spears also took third place in the men’s all-around and fourth place in bareback riding.
Francis Marchand of Omak, Wash. also shined at the Grand Canyon Regional Finals Rodeo. He claimed the Men’s All-Around Championship title and finished second in saddle bronc riding.
The Mesalands women’s team ended the season strong, finishing in fourth place. Shelby Rita of Sunset Beach, Hawaii lead the women’s team, taking sixth place in barrel racing and 14th in breakaway roping.
For the fourth consecutive year, Coach Aragon was named the Grand Canyon Region Coach of the Year. The Mesalands rodeo team also won a “Most Improved Rodeo of the Year” award for the college’s efforts in organizing a successful on-campus rodeo each September.
“Our team’s performance is pretty impressive,” Aragon said. “We will have most of our students returning next year, so we are in good shape for a successful 2011-2012 season.”
Other individual standings at NMSU include:
Second place, bareback riding
Fourth place, men’s all-around
Fifth place, steer wrestling
Eighth place, team roping header
Ninth place, steer wrestling
Tenth place, men’s all-around
Tenth place, tie-down roping
Third place, steer wrestling
Third place, bareback riding
Fifth place, team roping header
Sixth place, barrel racing
Sixth place, saddle bronc riding
Sixth place, team roping heeler
Seventh place, bareback riding
Eighth place, tie-down roping
Eighth place, tie-down ropoing
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Ninth place, saddle bronc riding
Ninth place, bull riding
Eleventh place, saddle bronc riding
Eleventh place, bareback riding
Twelfth place, bull riding
Tenth place, steer wrestling
Eleventh place, steer wrestling
Fifteenth place, steer wrestling
Fifteenth place, team roping header
Thirteenth place, team roping heeler
Fifteenth place, barrel racing