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NMSU women's rodeo team places first

The New Mexico State University women's rodeo team placed first overall with a lead of 690 points at the Dine College National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) Rodeo held in Tsaile, Ariz., Oct. 26-27.

Dine College National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) Rodeo women's all-around champion Bailey Gow, of Roseburg, Ore. (11/12/2007) (NMSU Agricultural Communications Photo by J. Victor Espinoza)

"Overall, the team did well this weekend. The girls dominated the competition in all three of their events and even had a complete shut out in the goat tying event," said NMSU Coach Jim Dewey Brown.

In the barrel racing event, Bailey Gow, of Roseburg, Ore., placed first, followed by teammates Staci Stanbrough, of Capitan, N.M., and Kelsi Elkins, of Aztec, N.M., who placed second and third overall, respectively.

Brittany Striegel, of Aztec, N.M., won first, with Megan Corey, of Bremerton, Wash., placing second and Gow placing third in the goat tying event.

Gow placed third overall in the breakaway roping event. She was named the women's all-around champion for the rodeo.
The men's team won second overall, coming in with 300 points.

In the bareback riding, Clay Geronimo, of Mescalero, N.M., won first overall. Daniel Orris, of Durango, Colo., received first in the saddlebronc riding event, while Dean Daly, of Belen, N.M., placed third.

Rylan Edgmon, of Black Canyon City, Ariz., and Kevin Lozares, of Palo Alto, Calif., placed first and second, respectively, in the tie-down roping. The team of Aaron Moyers, of Moriarty, N.M., and Matt Garza, of Mesquite, N.M., placed third in the team roping.

The next NIRA rodeo will be held at NMSU Nov. 9-10.