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NMSU finishes well at hosted rodeo

The New Mexico State University rodeo team overpowered the competition at the final two rodeos of the semester, held at NMSU Nov. 9-10.



New Mexico State University National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) Rodeo women's all-around champion Staci Stanbrough, of Capitan, N.M. (NMSU photo by J. Victor Espinoza)

During the first rodeo, the men's and women's teams both won first overall. The women's team also won first overall for the second rodeo, with the men placing second.

"We could have done better in roughstock this weekend, but you can't win everything. We had a good rodeo, with good weather and a good crowd," said Jim Dewey Brown, NMSU coach.

In the fist rodeo of the weekend, Clay Geronimo, of Mescalero, N.M., placed second in the bareback event, and teammate Daniel Orris, of Durango, Colo., won first in saddle bronc.

In breakaway roping, Joni Brakebill, of Portales, N.M. won second. Sealee Walraven, of Farmington, N.M., and Staci Stanbrough, of Capitan, N.M. tied for third and fourth.

NMSU dominated the barrel racing event, with Kelsi Elkins, of Aztec, N.M., Stanbrough and Laura Baeza, of El Paso, Texas, placing first, second and third, respectively.

Brittany Striegel, of Aztec, N.M., won first in goat tying, and Stanbrough placed second.

Johnny Salvo, of Datil, N.M., tied for third and fourth place in the tie-down roping, while Tanner Robinson, of Mesilla Park, N.M., placed third in the steer wrestling.

Header Chance Means, of Cliff, N.M., and heeler Matt Garza, of Mesquite, N.M., placed third in the team roping event.

In the second rodeo, Geronimo won first and Travis Ottney, of Hereford, Ariz., placed third in the bareback event.

Kade Wooton, of Roswell, N.M., and Nathan Brown, of Portales, N.M., placed second and third, respectively, in the saddle bronc event.

In the bull riding, Tony Steele, of Alamo, Nev., won first.

Brakebill tied for first and second in the breakaway event, while Tori Bilberry, of Elida, N.M., placed third.

Baeza, Stanbrough and Elkins placed first, second and third respectively in the barrel racing.

Julie Etchegaray, of Eureka, Nev., won first in the goat tying event. Stanbrough and Megan Corey, of Bremerton, Wash., tied for second and third.

In the tie-down roping, Tyson Runyan, of Silver City, N.M., won first and Means placed third.

Team roping partners Bret Bruton, header, and Jeremy Casados, of Tierra Amarilla, N.M., heeler, tied for third and fourth.

Stanbrough was the all-around cowgirl for both rodeos.

"The outstanding athlete of the weekend was Staci Stanbrough. She competed well and had two great rodeos," Brown said.