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Aggie Teams Win Spring Rodeo

COOLIDGE, Ariz. - With a strong showing in the rough stock events, the New Mexico State University men's rodeo team won its first rodeo of the season Sunday at Central Arizona College. NMSU women also won Sunday in the second rodeo of back-to-back events March 5 and 6.

New Mexico State University sophomore Wylene Penrod of Laveen, Ariz., turned in the fastest time in barrel-racing competition March 6 at the Central Arizona College rodeo. Penrod was the Grand Canyon Region's champion barrel racer in 2004. (NMSU Agricultural Communications photo by J. Victor Espinoza)

Bullrider Justin Sanderlin of Morenci, Ariz., and saddle bronc rider Clint Phillipps of Douglas, Wyo., led the Aggies with first-place rides Sunday. Winning events for the NMSU women were breakaway roper Bailey Gow of Roseburg, Ore., (3.2 seconds); barrel racer Wylene Penrod of Laveen, Ariz., (17.75); and goat tier Kayla Weiss of Great Falls, Mont., (9.8).

"Everyone was just riding and roping a lot smarter the second day," said NMSU Coach Jim Dewey Brown.

The Aggie women have built a solid lead in the regional standings but NMSU's men have trailed Cochise College all year.

"The men had been second at all the other rodeos," Brown said. "They really pulled together Sunday."

Also Sunday, Clay Houston of Seminole, Texas, was second in bareback riding; and Frank Krentz of Douglas, Ariz., was third in steer wrestling (20.1). In calf roping, Clay Acuna of Santa Fe was second (11.8) followed by Wacey Walraven of Datil in third (11.9). Aggie Arcel Allsup of Duncan, Ariz., partnered with a roper from Cochise College for a third in team roping (7.1), followed by Aggies Dusty Penrod of Thatcher, Ariz., and Nate Mortensen of Virden in fourth (7.2).

For the Aggie women, Lacy Wilson of Artesia was second (3.3) and Dusti Franklin of Ruidoso was fourth (3.7) in breakaway roping. Krista Norell of Meeker, Colo., took third in goat tying (10.2).

On Saturday, the men finished in second place and the women took third. Strong roping kept the Aggies in the competition.

The Aggie men swept all but one of the top four places in calf roping and the Aggie women dominated breakaway roping. In calf roping, Walraven was first with a time of 12.3 seconds. Aggie Phillip Carrillo of Aztec tied for second (13.0) and Acuna was fourth (13.6).

Janelle Manygoats of Winslow, Ariz., and Franklin tied for first in the breakaway roping for the Aggies, with matching times of 3.8 seconds. Norell was fourth (5.6).

In team roping, NMSU's Jarred Evans of Apache Creek and Matt Garza of Mesilla Park tied for second place with Allsup and a roper from Central Arizona College (6.2). Penrod and Mortensen took fourth (7.2).

NMSU's Casey Talbot of Malaga had a winning barrel racing time of 17.6 seconds. Penrod took fourth in barrel racing (17.96).

Phillipps was second in saddle bronc riding.

Brown said team members will fine-tune their skills at practice this week to prepare for the next rodeo March 12 at the University of Arizona in Tucson.