Rodeo teams riding high at Highlands

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By NMHU Sports Information

The New Mexico Highlands University rodeo team had another great weekend at the Cochise College Rodeo Sept. 27-28 in Douglas, Ariz.

Both the Cowgirl and Cowboy teams notched Reserve Champion team finishes over the weekend, with individual competitors in both the men’s and women’s All-Around category.

The Cowboys and the Cowgirls, led by head coach Jordan Taton, are sitting in second place in the Grand Canyon Region standings, with the Cowgirls just 145 points shy of first-place Central Arizona College.

Cowboy rough-stock rider Tate Thybo turned in another quality performance, with his second No. 1 finish in bull riding.

Thybo has now finished first in bull riding in both rodeos in which the team has competed. The sophomore, from Belle Fourche, S.D., is currently the top bull rider in the Grand Canyon Region with 270 points (and a 160-point lead).

2012-13 Grand Canyon Region All-Around Cowboy Preston McCullar won the steer wrestling event at the Cochise Rodeo over the weekend. McCullar is tied for second place in the Grand Canyon Region steer wrestling standings with 180 points.

Miles McCullar rounds out the Cowboys’ top performers at Cochise. The freshman finished third in the men’s All-Around standings, with a fourth place finish in steer wrestling and a sixth place finish in tie-down roping.

Cowgirl senior Kindee Wilson finished tied for second in the women’s All-Around standings. She placed third in goat tying and fourth in breakaway roping. Wilson is currently leading the Grand Canyon Region standings in both events. She has a 60-point lead in breakaway roping regionally.

K.L. Spratt came in fifth for the women’s All-Around standings at the Cochise rodeo. She was second overall in barrel racing and eighth in breakaway roping. Spratt is leading the Grand Canyon Region standings in barrel racing with 225 points.

Chelsea DeMott finished third overall in breakaway roping in Douglas. DeMott is tied for fifth overall in the Grand Canyon Region.

The Cowgirls and Cowboys head back out on the road for their final rodeo of 2013. The team will participate in the Mesalands Community College rodeo Friday and Saturday in Tucumcari.