Highlands rodeo ends final year at nationals

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Women’s team finishes 14th

By Matthew Lofton
NMHU Sports Information

CASPER, Wyo. — The New Mexico Highlands University rodeo team completed the 2013-2014 season at nationals June 21.
The women’s team finished 14th in the nation with 130 points while the men’s team finished 48th with 45 points.

The best finish of the championships came from senior Kindee Wilson, who finished seventh in goat tying with a 28 average.

On the men’s side, off to a tough start in the saddle bronc riding event in his first attempt, junior Brady Dinwoodie rallied with a solid third attempt. He finished tied for fourth in that try with 75.5 points and finished ninth in the event overall with a 271 average.

In the bareback riding event, freshman Hunter Brasfield took 15th with a 212 average while sophomore Tate Thybo finished 33rd with 66.5 points. However, Thybo rebounded and took 16th in bull riding with a 66.5 average.

In breakaway roping, senior Chelsea DeMott took 22nd and Wilson took 41st. DeMott finished with a 6.9 average while Wilson finished with 4.9.

NMHU has discontinued its collegiate rodeo program effective at the end of this season. Administrators cited budget concerns as a major reason for its removal.