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March 22, 2001 Contact: Olivia Carrasco, Public Relations Specialist
For Immediate Release Ricardo Rel, Special Assistant to the Director
Office: (505) 646-2804

NMSU Rodeo Team Dominates Calf Roping Event 

Las Cruces, NM - New Mexico State University calf ropers dominated the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) competition on Saturday, March 17, 2001, at the Southern New Mexico Fairgrounds. Over 150 rodeo athletes representing 10 universities competed. "It's great to see NMSU rodeo athletes demonstrate their talents and place high at the competition," says Secretary of Agriculture Frank A. DuBois.

In calf roping, NMSU won three out of four places. Calf roper Toby Boland, a junior from Lovington, placed third in the long go, third in the short go, and second in the average with a total time of 21.8 seconds, just nine-tenths of a second slower than first place. Jarret Corn, a sophomore from Roswell, placed second in the short go and third in the average with a total time of 22.9 seconds. Quentin Talbot, a senior from Malaga, placed fourth in the long go and fourth in the average with a total time of 24.5 seconds.

Other NMSU rodeo athletes placing were Bryce Duggar, a sophomore from Dell City, who won the bare back riding with a score of 64 points; John Pete Etcheverry, a freshman from Loving and Aaron Thomas, a freshman from La Mesa, won the long go in team roping; Koell Wright, a sophomore from Moriarty, won third in the long go and third in the average in the breakaway calf roping with a total time of 9.1 seconds; Deantha Melton, a junior from Roswell, won fourth place in the short go in barrel racing and tied for fourth in the average with Koell Wright. Both had a total time of 33.79 seconds.

For more information on NMSU Rodeo, you may contact Chris Allison at (505) 646-1944. For information on the DuBois Rodeo Scholarship program, you may contact Frank A. DuBois at (505) 646-5063 or log on to and click on DuBois Rodeo Scholarship.

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