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Season ends well for NMSU rodeo team

The New Mexico State University women's rodeo team won first place overall at the final rodeo of the season, the NMSU National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) rodeo, held May 2-3 in Las Cruces, N.M.

New Mexico State University National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) rodeo women's all-around champion Brittany Striegel, of Aztec, N.M. (NMSU photo by J. Victor Espinoza)

The women's team came in with a 600-point lead over the second-place team. The men's team placed second, coming in behind Cochise College.

"It was a great weekend for college rodeo and for the NMSU teams. We couldn't have asked for better weather or a better crowd to round out our season. I look forward to the College National Finals Rodeo this June as NMSU will be sending 15 of our top competitors," said Jim Dewey Brown, NMSU rodeo coach.

For the women's team, in the breakaway roping event, Bailey Gow, of Roseburg, Ore., won first, with teammate Brittany Striegel, of Aztec, N.M., finishing third.

El Paso, Texas, native Laura Baeza won first in the barrel racing. Kelsi Elkins, of Aztec, N.M., and Striegel placed second and third, respectively.

Streigel, Gow, and Megan Corey, of Bremerton, Wash., placed first, second and third, respectively in the goat tying event.

For the men's team, Olan Borg, of Camp Verde, Ariz., won first in the saddle bronc riding. Dean Daly, of Belen, N.M., received third.

In the tie-down roping, Johnny Salvo, of Datil, N.M., placed first. JoDan Mirabal, of Grants, N.M., received second, and Kevin Lozares, of Palo Alto, Calif., finished third.

Chad Steele, of Alamo, Nev., placed third in the steer wrestling.

Striegel was named the women's all-around champion for the weekend.

The team will go on to compete at the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR), June 15-21 in Casper, Wyo.