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NMSU rodeo wins again at New Mexico Highlands University competition

The New Mexico State University men's and women's rodeo teams won their latest competition by hundreds of points Oct. 27 and 28 in Las Vegas, N.M.

The men's team scored a total of 870 points, while the next closest opponent, Cochise Community College, garnered a total of 585. The women's team gained 670 points, while the New Mexico Highlands University team was next in line with only 215.

On top of a dominating win, the competition's Best All-Around Participants were NMSU students Daniel Etsitty in the men's category and Bailey Gow in the women's category.

"I think that our team performed incredibly well," Gow said. "I've had a really bad fall season and I needed some points. I feel good about being the Best All-Around Participant. It's good to have a win.

For Etsitty, it is his second time being named Best All-Around Participant this season. He said competing has been difficult due to personal issues, but winning the title at each competition has been his main goal this year. He also said outside support with his NMSU classes and rodeo has helped him succeed.

"The support from all the people and team mates is important," Etsitty said. "We've bonded together and did well. Of course, a win always feels good and we kinda whipped em' out there; they weren't even close to us."

The NMSU team participated in the following categories: bareback, breakaway, tie-down, saddlebroncs, barrels, steer wrestling, bull riding, goat tying and team roping.

The competition at NMHU was the last of the fall season. According to Rodeo head coach Jim Brown, the NMSU team is still winning in men's and women's standings in its region.

"We had a phenomenal rodeo this past weekend," Brown said. "These wins were a great way to end our fall season and leave us in great standing for the spring rodeos."

This win comes on top of the September first place standing for the women's team at the Southern New Mexico State Fair competition. The men's team took second at the same competition.

Nov. 2, 2006
Jacqueline Armendariz