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Hughes captures All-Around rodeo honors for Aggies

TUCSON, Ariz. - New Mexico State University freshman Lindsey Hughes roped her way to a first-place finish in the All-Around competition last weekend at the Aggies' first rodeo of the spring season.

Darren Albrecht of Veyo, Utah, took first place in bullriding for New Mexico State University at the March 4-5 University of Arizona rodeo in Tucson. (NMSU Agricultural photo by J. Victor Espinoza)

For Hughes, of Cornville, Ariz., it was the best rodeo of her freshman year.

"It was way better than the rodeos in the fall," Hughes said. "I didn't start out very good last semester. I think I finally got settled down and got used to the differences between high school rodeo and college rodeo."

Hughes competed in breakaway roping, goat tying and team roping.

The Aggie men's and women's teams finished in second place at the two-day rodeo, hosted by the University of Arizona.

"We did really well in rough stock," said NMSU coach Jim Dewey Brown. NMSU's Jake Greenwood of Big Piney, Wyo., took first in bareback riding. Daniel Etsitty of Kayenta, Ariz., was first in saddle bronc riding, and Darren Albrecht of Veyo, Utah, came in first in bullriding.

Also taking first in their events were Aggies J.W. Nicholson of Belen, steer wrestling, Lacy Wilson of Artesia, barrel racing, and Kayla Weiss Lange of Great Falls, Mont., goat tying.

Second-place finishes went to Etsitty in bareback riding, Brooke Conner of Willcox, Ariz., in breakaway roping and Julie Etchegaray of Eureka, Nev., in goat tying.

In third place for NMSU were Megan Wilkerson of Sonoita, Ariz., breakaway roping; Casey Talbot of Malaga, N.M., barrel racing; Brittany Striegel of Aztec, goat tying; Wacey Walraven of Datil, N.M., calf roping; Frank Krentz of Douglas, Ariz., steer wrestling; and the team of Monte Topmiller of Silver City and Chance Van Winkle of Alto, N.M., team roping.

Taking fourth place for the Aggies were Clint Phillipps of Douglas, Wyo., in saddle bronc riding and Arcel Allsup of Duncan, Ariz., in calf roping.

The Aggies will compete in back-to-back rodeos Saturday and Sunday, March 11-12, at Central Arizona College in Coolidge, Ariz.

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