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NMSU women outride, out-rope rodeo competition

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - New Mexico State University women's rodeo team members overpowered the competition in goat tying and barrel racing and finished as the top team during last weekend's rodeo at Dine College.

e some really good goat tiers," said NMSU coach Jim Dewey Brown. "We really dominated in that event." The NMSU women adjusted well to a smaller barrel racing pattern at the arena in Window Rock, winning the five top places in that event.

Leading the women and earning all-around honors was NMSU's Bailey Gow of Roseburg, Ore. She took second place in breakaway roping, barrel racing and goat tying.

The men's team took second place, with first-place finishes in bareback riding by Daniel Etsitty of Kayenta, Ariz.; in bull riding by Daren Albrecht of Veyo, Utah; in calf roping by Clay Acuna of Santa Fe; and in team roping by Matt Garza of Mesilla Park. Garza's partner is Chance Means of Central Arizona College.

Finishing in first place for the women's team were Aggies Krista Norell of Meeker, Colo., in breakaway roping; Casey Talbot of Malaga, N.M., in barrel racing; and Brittany Striegel of Aztec, N.M., in goat tying. Taking second place for the men were J.W. Nicholson of Belen in steer wrestling and Nate Mortensen of Virden, N.M., in team roping, with partner Chance Baldwin of Central Arizona College.

Aggies finishing third were Jake Greenwood of Big Piney, Wyo., bareback riding; Whitney Robinson, Mesilla Park, barrel racing; Wacey Walraven, Datil, calf roping; Lucas Vaughan, Yerington, Nev., steer wrestling; and Kevin Lozares, Mountain View, Calif., and Ty Trammel, Alamogordo, team roping.

Finishing fourth for NMSU were Chance Van Winkle of Alto, saddle bronc riding; Callie Rios of Clint, Texas, barrel racing; and Kayla Weiss Lange of Great Falls, Mont., goat tying.

The Aggie team wasted no time after their return from Window Rock to start getting ready to host a rodeo this week. On Sunday, the temporary arena for the home rodeo was set up south of Aggie Memorial Stadium.
Competitions will be at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday at NMSU.

April 26, 2006
Darrell J. Pehr