Writer: Shaline L. Lopez
The New Mexico State University women's rodeo team placed first in back-to-back rodeos in Florence, Ariz., hosted by Central Arizona College this past Saturday and Sunday, and Bailey Gow, of Roseburg, Ore., was women's all-around champion for Sunday's event. The NMSU men's rodeo team placed second on Saturday and won Sunday's event, and Chance Means, of Cliff, N.M., won all-around cowboy both days.
The women's team has dominated the regional standings in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association this season, winning rodeos in Ft. Huachuca, Ariz., and Tucson, Ariz. The men's team also has been a leader in the regional standings, winning the Tucson event and placing a strong third at Ft. Huachuca.
"The girls continue to dominate in the region, and three of the guys placed in two or more events, scoring more than 230 points each, helping secure our spot," said Jim Dewey Brown, coach.
Brooke Conner, of Wilcox, Ariz., won the breakaway roping with a time of 2.8 seconds on Saturday, and her teammates Dusti Franklin, of Ruidoso, N.M., and Jonna Bizzell, of Los Lunas, N.M., placed second and third respectively. Megan Wilkerson, of Elgin, Ariz., won the breakaway roping on Sunday.
Gow had a second-place finish in Saturday's barrel racing and came back to win the event on Sunday. Julie Etchegaray, of Eureka, Nev., tied for second on Sunday.
On Saturday, Megan Corey, of Bremerton, Wash., placed second in the goat tying event and Brittany Striegel, of Aztec, N.M., placed third. Corey improved her time to win the event on Sunday, with teammates Etchegaray and Tori Bilberry, of Elida, N.M., coming in second and third.
Clay Acuna, of Santa Fe, N.M., won Saturday's tie-down roping, Means placed second and Tony Steele, of Alamo, Nev., placed third. Means was second place tie-down roper on Sunday, as well.
J.W. Nicolson, of Bosque Farms, N.M., placed third in the steer wrestling event on Sunday.
Means and partner Matt Garza, of Mesquite, N.M., won Saturday's team roping, while Aaron Moyers, of Moriarty and partner Chance Whitworth managed a third-place time.
NMSU dominated Sunday's team roping, with NMSU teams holding each of the top seven spots. The event was won by Gow and her partner Colton Gow. Monte Topmiller, of Silver City, N.M., and Chad Steele, of Alamo., Nev., placed second. Means and Garza were the third place team.
Tanner Crofts, of Orderville, Utah, won Sunday's bareback contest and placed third in Sunday's saddle bronc event. With an 80-point ride, Dean Daly, of Belen, N.M., was the winning saddle bronc rider on Sunday.
The rodeo teams will compete in a rodeo sponsored by Navajo Technical College in Crownpoint, N.M., April 6-7.
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