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NMSU Women's Team Wins Season's First Rodeo in Douglas, Ariz.

LAS CRUCES - New Mexico State University's women's rodeo team won its season opener at Cochise College, as senior Mandy Sproul captured the all-around title and two new recruits helped sweep the top three in breakaway roping.

"I have high hopes for the women's team this year with the returning and new talent we have," said coach Jim Dewey Brown.

The NMSU women racked up 430 points to Central Arizona College's second-place 50 points. The men's team finished third.

Breakaway roping was NMSU's strongest event. In her first competition for NMSU, junior Keli Smith, a transfer from New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs, won the average with a time of 5.9 seconds on two runs. Smith was the 2002 collegiate breakaway roping champion.

Sproul was second with a total time of 6.1 seconds. Janelle Manygoats of Winslow, Ariz., a two-time qualifier for the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR), was third with a total time of 6.5 seconds.

Sproul, who competed in four events in June's CNFR, added another all-around victory, placing second in goat tying average with a time of 20.8 seconds on two runs and fourth overall in barrel racing with a total time of 35.62 seconds.

Smith was second in barrel racing with a total time of 35.46 seconds. Sophomore Audrey Baeza finished sixth with a time of 35.8 seconds.

For the men, junior Buddy Robinson was fifth in calf roping with a time of 28.4 seconds on two runs. Sophomore Brett Acuna, who won the long go in calf roping with a time of 11.3 seconds, finished seventh overall.

In team roping, NMSU junior Jared Davis took first and second overall, partnering with two other headers. Davis and Tim Baker of Central Arizona College, posted a winning total time of 12.9 seconds. Davis and Dan Whitworth of Central Arizona had the second-best total of 14.6 seconds. NMSU freshmen Bode Baize and Brandin Engle finished in fourth with a total time of 20.5 seconds.

In steer wrestling, Cooper Wimberly was fourth with a total time of 20.4 seconds. Robinson was second in the long go with a time of 8.4 seconds.

Saddle bronc rider Taylor Smith won the long go with a score of 76. Bull rider Justin Sanderlin was fourth in the long go with a 67.

NMSU's next rodeo is Oct. 11 in Taylor, Ariz., hosted by Northland Pioneer College.