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High school rodeo athletes from New Mexico and the surrounding states competed for scholarships during the New Mexico State University scholarship rodeo Feb. 9 in Las Cruces, N.M.
The rodeo not only allowed competitors to receive scholarships for their performances, but also gave prospective NMSU students and rodeo team members a feel for what NMSU Rodeo is all about.
Freshmen and sophomores who are currently on the team also were allowed to compete.
"We had a great scholarship rodeo this weekend. The weather was excellent and I was very pleased with the quality of athletes who participated in the event," said Jim Dewey Brown, NMSU Rodeo coach.
In the breakaway roping, Sealee Walraven, of Farmington, N.M., placed first, followed by Kaity Ray and Carleigh Marr, both of Belen, N.M.
El Paso, Texas, native Laura Baeza won first in the barrel racing event. Jordan Bassett, of Dewey, Ariz., and Tami Harmon, of Las Cruces, N.M., placed second and third, respectively.
In the goat tying, Bassett won first, with Ray placing second and Jessica Silva, of Tularosa, N.M., receiving third.
In the tie-down roping event, Bo Simpson, of Las Cruces, N.M., placed first. Josh Siggins, of Ruidoso Downs, N.M., and Bryce Runyan, of Silver City, N.M., finished second and third, respectively.
Seth Hall, of Edgewood, N.M., won first in the steer wrestling.
The team of Clinton Hyatt, of Hatch, N.M., and Johnny Salvo, of Datil, N.M., won first in the team roping. Karl Rios, of Clint, Texas, and Matt Garza, of Mesquite, N.M., placed second, while Dustin Wilson, of Browning, Mont., and Chad Steele, of Alamo, Nev., finished third.
Bassett was named the women's all-around champion for the rodeo, and Hall was the men's all-around champion.
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