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NMSU rodeo team wins final rodeo of the season

The New Mexico State University rodeo team swept the competition during the final rodeo of the year, the NMSU National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) rodeo, held April 24-25 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)

"We had a great rodeo to end a great season! The student athletes really shined this weekend at their home rodeo, winning six of the events plus both all-arounds and both teams," said Jim Dewey Brown, NMSU coach. "I am especially pleased with the community and campus support we received from the grandstands."

For the women's team, Megan Wilkerson, of Sonoita, Ariz., won first in the breakaway roping event.

Aztec, N.M., native Brittany Striegel won first in the goat tying, with teammate Jessica Silva, of Tularosa, N.M., placing second.

Kelsi Elkins, of Aztec, N.M., and Striegel placed second and third, respectively, in the barrel racing.

Clay Geronimo, of Mescalero, N.M., won first in the bareback riding event.

In the saddlebronc event, Daniel Orris, of Durango, Colo., won first. Dean Daly, of Belen, N.M., received third.

Ryan Gibson, of Casa Grande, Ariz., placed first in the bull riding.

Rylan Edgmon, of Black Canyon City, Ariz., won first in the tie-down roping. Johnny Salvo, of Horse Springs, N.M., placed second, and Wyatt Althoff, of Gilbert, Ariz., placed third.

Althoff received second in the steer wrestling.

The team of Clinton Hiett, of El Paso, Texas, and Logan Milliorn, of Santa Fe, N.M., won second in the team roping. Header Justin Mascarenas, from New Mexico Highlands University, and heeler Jared Gonzales, of Las Vegas, N.M., placed third.

Althoff received the men's all-around for the weekend, and Striegel received the women's all-around.