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The New Mexico State University men's rodeo team won first overall and the women's team placed second in the first rodeo of the season, the Cochise College National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) Rodeo held in Douglas, Ariz., Sept. 21-22.
"I saw a lot of new, outstanding talent this weekend. I'm really pleased with the way both teams performed," said Coach Jim Dewey Brown.
In the barrel racing event, Kelsi Elkins, of Aztec, N.M., placed first overall. Her teammate Laura Baeza, of El Paso, Texas, received third.
Megan Corey, of Bremerton, Wash., placed second in the goat tying event, while Elkins placed third.
Brittany Streigel, of Aztec, N.M., won the breakaway roping.
Travis Ottney, of Hereford, Ariz., won third overall in the bareback riding event.
Teammates Dean Daly, of Belen N.M., and Daniel Orris, of Durango, Colo., dominated the saddlebronc riding event, winning first and second place, respectively.
Bull rider Dusty Thorton, of Calhan, Colo., won first in his event.
Wacey Walraven, of Datil, N.M., and Justin Wilson, of Carlsbad, N.M., placed first and third overall, respectively, in the tie-down roping.
Tony Steele, of Alamo, Nev., and Grady Gray, of Las Cruces, N.M., won second and third, respectively, in the steer wrestling event. Steele also was named the men's all-around champion.
The team of JoDan Mirabal, of Grants, N.M., and Aaron Shelley, of Cliff, N.M., received second overall in the team roping, while Johnny Salvo, of Datil, N.M., and his partner Daniel Scalva, of Durango, Colo., placed third.
Overall, the men's team placed 40 points above the second place team, and the women's team was just six points away from finishing first.
The next NIRA rodeo will be held at the Dine College in Tsaile, Ariz., Oct. 26-27.
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