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Rainy rodeo doesn't dampen spirits for Aggies

COOLIDGE, Ariz. - Despite heavy rain that canceled one day of competition, the New Mexico State University women won a weekend rodeo at Central Arizona College.

New Mexico State University rodeo team member Bailey Gow of Roseburg, Ore., won the all-around competition at a rodeo March 11 at Central Arizona College in Coolidge, Ariz. (NMSU Agricultural Communications photo by J. Victor Espinoza)

"We went through the first rodeo in the rain," NMSU coach Jim Dewey Brown said. But competition on Sunday, March 12, was scratched for safety reasons as the rains continued to soak the arena. "It was just a solid lake," Brown said. That day's competition will be rescheduled later in the season.

Aggie Bailey Gow of Roseburg, Ore., won the all-around competition. She leads the Grand Canyon Region and is ranked 11th in the nation in the all-around. Gow won the goat tying, was fourth in breakaway roping and finished sixth in barrel racing. Lindsey Hughes of Cornville, Ariz., was first in breakaway roping for NMSU.

The Aggie men took third place, led by first-place finishes in bareback riding by Daniel Etsitty of Kayenta, Ariz.; bullriding by Jake Greenwood of Big Piney, Wyo.; calf roping by Garrett Baker of Clayton, N.M.; and team roping by Sterling Walker of Aztec, N.M., who teamed up with Chad Steele of Cochise College.

Second-place finishes went to Aggies Callie Rios of Clint, Texas, in barrel racing; Megan Corey of Bremerton, Wash., in goat tying; Greenwood, in bareback riding; Megan Wilkerson of Sonoita, Ariz., in breakaway roping; and J.W. Nicholson of Belen, in steer wrestling.

Aggies finishing in third place were Clint Phillipps of Douglas, Wyo., in saddle bronc riding; Julie Etchegaray of Eureka, Nev., in barrel racing; Philip Carrillo of Aztec in calf roping; and Arcel Allsup of Duncan, Ariz., and Allen Tacker of Fabens, Texas, in team roping.

In fourth place for NMSU were Lacy Wilson, Artesia, barrel racing; Etchegaray, goat tying; Frank Krentz, Douglas, Ariz., steer wrestling; and Ty Trammell, Alamogordo, calf roping.

The Aggies will compete again Friday and Saturday, April 14-15, at Cochise College in Sierra Vista, Ariz.