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NMSU Rodeo Teams Runners Up in Taylor, Ariz.

LAS CRUCES - New Mexico State University's team roping depth emerged as the men's and women's rodeo teams finished as runners up in the second Grand Canyon region rodeo Oct. 11 in Taylor, Ariz.

Central Arizona College edged out the NMSU men's team by 25 points with a total of 265. The NMSU women had 140 points to Central Arizona's 300. The NMSU women lead the regional team standings, while the men are in third place.

"At the rodeo in Taylor, we had some tough draws in the timed events, but we dominated the team roping," said coach Jim Dewey Brown.

NMSU ropers swept the top four spots in the long go and finished second and fourth in team roping. Jarred Evans and Clay Snure won the long go with a time of 6.5 seconds, followed by Snure and Central Arizona's Dan Whitworth with 6.8 seconds, Buddy Robinson and Cooper Wimberley with 7.4 seconds, and Robinson and John Pete Etcheverry with 7.7 seconds.

Evans and Kody Gentry, who were second in the short go, also finished second overall with a time of 19.2 seconds on two runs. Snure and Whitworth were fourth in both the short go and overall with a total time of 24 seconds.

Snure, third in men's all-around, added points in calf roping. He was second in the short go with a time of 13.5 seconds, finishing fourth with 32 seconds on two runs. Brett Acuna was second in the long go with a time of 10.3 seconds.

John Pete Etcheverry, who finished second overall in steer wrestling with a time of 24 seconds on two runs, was fourth in all-around. Robinson, the long go winner in steer wrestling with a time of 8.8 seconds, was fifth in the all-around.

Justin Sanderlin won the short go with a score of 75 to take first in bull riding. Saddlebronc rider Taylor Smith was second in the first go with a score of 64, as well as second in the average. In bareback riding, Doug Smith was fourth in the first go with a score of 61.

For the women, new recruit Keli Smith finished third in the all-around. Smith posted a winning breakaway roping time of 3.5 seconds in the first go and finished third with a time of 8.2 seconds on two runs. Smith, a transfer from New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs, was the 2002 collegiate breakaway roping champion.

In barrel racing, Mandy Sproul was second overall with a time of 36.31 seconds on two runs. Smith finished fourth in the short go with a time of 18.2 seconds.

NMSU will host the region's next scheduled rodeo at the Southern New Mexico Fairgrounds Nov. 7-8.