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Monday, June 17, 2002 Contact: Olivia Lara, Public Relations Specialist
For Immediate Release: Ricardo Rel, Special Assistant to the Director
Office: (505) 646-2804

NMSU Team Wins 20th Place at CNFR

Las Cruces, NM – New Mexico State University (NMSU) calf roper, Jarret Corn, placed fifth in the nation at the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) in Casper Wyoming, June 10-15-, 2002. Corn is a junior from Roswell, New Mexico and among six others who represented NMSU at the CNFR. Overall, 536 qualifying athletes from 101 universities nationwide competed for the CNFR titles in nine different rodeo events.

Corn secured fifth place by roping his first calf in 10.3 seconds; his second calf in 9.0 seconds winning fourth place in the go round; and his third calf in 10.2 seconds. After three calves, Corn was sitting in sixth place going into the championship round. Corn roped his final calf in 11.8 seconds, winning fourth in the go round and fifth in the average.

Bill Snure, a senior from Rodeo, New Mexico, won eighth place in the Men’s All-Around. In calf roping, Snure tied a calf in 8.5 seconds in the first go-round placing third in the go. In team roping, Snure and his brother, Clay, roped a steer in 6.0 seconds flat to win the second go round.

Koell Wright, a senior from Moriarty, New Mexico, roped three calves in the breakaway roping in 9.8 seconds. Her time was not fast enough to qualify for the final round, yet was sufficient to place her 15th in the nation in breakaway roping.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with the performance of our rodeo athletes at this high level of competition. For Corn to place fifth, Koell to place 15th, and the men’s team to place 20th in the nation is a great accomplishment for these athletes and the NMSU rodeo program,” Secretary of Agriculture and team supporter, Frank A. DuBois said.

Other NMSU athletes who competed at the CNFR were Aaron Thomas and John Pete Etcheverry in team roping and Andy Lake in bull riding.

For more information on the NMSU Rodeo Team, visit the DuBois Rodeo Scholarship website at

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