With two final events on the schedule this month, the New Mexico State University rodeo team has found themselves in good standing before the College National Finals Rodeo in June.
In his first full season as head coach, Logan Corbett has produced teams both high in the standings. The women’s team is currently No. 2 in the nation after recently holding the No. 1 ranking and is No. 1 in the Grand Canyon region. The men’s team is currently No. 24 in the nation and No. 3 in the Grand Canyon region.
“We’ve had a lot of ups and downs. It hasn’t been like this all year, and we’ve had to work through our fair share of disappointments and frustrations this season but it’s nice to see all the kids’ hard work pay off,” Corbett said.
Corbett attributes their team success to a further implementation of the culture he wants to see in his team: “Main thing we’re trying to incorporate is a family atmosphere and a championship culture,” Corbett said.
That culture has led to numerous Aggies leading events in their region. Nicole Sweazea is No. 2 in the Grand Canyon region in women’s all-around and No. 5 nationally. Josh Davison leads the Grand Canyon region in saddle bronc riding, NaLynn Cline leads the region in barrel racing and is No. 4 nationally, and Chase Valdez leads the region in tie down roping.
The rodeo team is preparing for their final two events at the Southern New Mexico Fairgrounds April 28-30.
Author: Peter Foreman – NMSU