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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. 6 in Las Cruces.
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. The first-place winners in each event received a $500 per semester scholarship.
"We had a great turnout for the scholarship rodeo. The contestants this year were some of the best, and we are looking forward to having them rodeo for NMSU," said Jim Dewey Brown, NMSU Rodeo coach.
In the tie-down roping, Jordan Warreck, of California, won first, with Cort Smith, of Caballo, N.M., winning second.
Animas, N.M., native Tyke Kipp received first in the steer wrestling event.
Header Jon Satriana, of Belen, N.M., and heeler Tel Trammell, of Tularosa, N.M., placed first in the team roping. Levi Silva, header, of Tularosa, N.M., and JoDan Mirabal, of Grants, N.M., placed second.
Sierra Kunesh, of Montana, and Meghan Johnson, of Deming, N.M., received first and second, respectively, in the breakaway roping.
In the goat tying, Shelby Scott, of Nevada, won first, with Kunesh placing second.
Kendra Stineman, of Arizona, won first in the barrel racing. Kunesh received second.
The all-around champions for the rodeo were Silva and Kunesh, who both received a $1,000 per semester scholarship.
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