Writer: Darrell J. Pehr, 575-646-3223, firstname.lastname@example.org
SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. - Bailey Gow took top honors as the New Mexico State University women's team won regional competitions Friday and Saturday at the Cochise College NIRA rodeo.
The Aggie men won rough stock and roping events Friday and took first and second place in team roping Saturday. The men's team finished third and second, respectively, at the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association events.
Gow, a freshman from Roseburg, Ore., racked up enough points in breakaway roping, barrel racing and goat tying at each rodeo to win the women's all-around title both days.
The NMSU men are ranked second and the NMSU women remain in first place in the Grand Canyon Region. After the April 29 and 30 NMSU-hosted rodeo, the region's top two teams and the top three individuals in each event will qualify for nationals.
In Friday's rodeo, Aggies Clint Phillipps of Douglas, Ariz., took first in saddle bronc riding, Daren Albrecht of Veyo, Utah, was first in bullriding and Wacey Walraven of Datil, N.M., won the calf roping, followed by Ty Trammell of Alamogordo.
The Aggie women took the top three places in breakaway roping. Kayla Weiss of Great Falls, Mont., was first, Gow was second and Katrina Stackpole of Tijeras was third.
In barrel racing, Wylene Penrod of Laveen, Ariz., was first, followed by Gow in second. Rachael Van Cleve of Bosque Farms and Meghan Jo Frie of Virden, N.M. tied for fourth.
Weiss finished third in goat tying and took second in the women's all-around.
In team roping, Matt Garza of Mesilla Park teamed with Renee Rodriguez of the University of Arizona for first place. NMSU's Tim Baker of Payson, Ariz., and Brock Hanson of Central Arizona College were second, followed by NMSU's Victor Perez of Corona and Nate Mortensen of Virden, N.M., in third.
On Saturday, Phillipps was fourth for NMSU in saddle bronc riding and Clay Houston of Seminole, Texas, was fourth in bareback riding.
Walraven was second in calf roping and Trammell was third. In breakaway roping, Gow was first and Weiss was fourth. Penrod won the barrel racing. Casey Talbot of Malaga, N.M., was third. Van Cleve was fourth in goat tying.
In team roping, Garza and Rodriguez repeated in first place. NMSU's Dusty Penrod of Thatcher, Ariz., and Mortensen were second.
"It was good all-around," NMSU coach Jim Dewey Brown said. "I was really proud of them."
While some of the Aggies already are safely in the top three positions in their events, others are still working for a trip to nationals.
"They're still battling," Brown said.
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