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Aggie Women Bring Home Rodeo Trophy

GALLUP - The New Mexico State University women's rodeo team returned to its winning ways when it captured first place overall for rodeos Friday and Saturday.



Julie Etchegaray tied for top honors in the all-around competition Friday with teammate Whitney Robinson at the NIRA rodeo in Gallup. Etchegaray took first-place awards in breakaway roping and goat tying during the two-day rodeo. The New Mexico State University freshman is from Eureka, Nev. (10/11/2005) (NMSU Agricultural Communications Photo by J. Victor Espinoza)

The Aggie women also won all-around honors both days, with Whitney Robinson of Mesilla Park and Julie Etchegaray of Eureka, Nev., sharing the honor Friday and Megan Wilkerson of Sonoita, Ariz., finishing first on Saturday.

The Aggie men's team finished in third place Friday and second place Saturday.

"The women stepped it up this week, so that was nice," said coach Jim Dewey Brown. He plans to emphasize rough stock events in practice the next two weeks before the next rodeo, in Alamogordo Oct. 21-22. The Aggies continue to do well in roping events, and have started to show results in steer wrestling. "All in all, we're doing really well," Brown said.

Top Aggie finishes Friday went to bareback riders Daniel Etsitty of Kayenta, Ariz., who tied for first, and Jake Greenwood of Big Piney, Wyo., third place; and steer wrestlers J.W. Nicholson of Belen, first, and Lucas Vaughan of Yerington, Nev., second. Clint Phillipps of Douglas, Wyo., was second in saddle bronc riding. Etchegaray and Bailey Gow of Roseburg, Ore., tied for first in breakaway racing, followed by Robinson, who tied for fourth.

In goat tying, Krista Norell of Meeker, Colo., was third and Megan Corey of Bremerton, Wash., was fourth. Robinson was second and Dusti Franklin of Ruidoso was fourth in barrel racing. Arcel Allsup of Duncan, Ariz., took first in calf roping, followed by Wacey Walraven of Datil, N.M., in fourth.

NMSU's Allen Tacker of Fabens, Texas, and Justin DeVerse of the University of Arizona took second place in team roping, followed by Aggies Kevin Lozares of Mountain View, Calif., and Victor Perez of Corona, N.M., in third.

On Saturday, outstanding Aggies were bareback rider Etsitty, second place; saddle bronc riders Phillipps, first, and Chance Van Winkle of Alto, fourth; and bullrider Daren Albrecht of Veyo, Utah, first.

In steer wrestling, NMSU's Nicholson finished in second, followed by Tanner Robinson of Mesilla Park in third. Wilkerson won in breakaway roping, followed by Gow in a three-way tie for second.

NMSU women took the top four places in goat tying, with Etchegaray, first, Norell, second, Brittany Striegel of Aztec, third, and Rachael Van Cleve of Bosque Farms, fourth. In barrel racing, Katie Hooper of Elko, Nev., was second. Striegel was fourth.

Aggie calf roper Garrett Baker of Clayton took first place, followed by Clay Acuna of Santa Fe, third, and Joseph Gonzales of Roswell, fourth. Leading the team roping for NMSU Saturday was the team of Wilkerson and Lindsey Hughes of Cornville, Ariz., in a tie for third place.