NEW MEXICO DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

MSC 3189, P.O. Box 30005
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003-8005
(505) 646-3007

http://nmdaweb.nmsu.edu

NEWS RELEASE

May 18, 2001 Contact: Olivia Carrasco, Public Relations Specialist
For Immediate Release Ricardo Rel, Special Assistant to the Director
Office: (505) 646-2804

NMSU CALF ROPER QUALIFIES FOR NATIONALS
Other Team Members Place Among the Top Ten in Regional Standings

Las Cruces, NM - New Mexico State University (NMSU) calf roper, Quentin Talbot, qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) at the championship playoff held in Hobbs, New Mexico, on May 3 - 5, 2001. The finals will be held in Casper, Wyoming, on June 11-17, 2001. Talbot is also the NMSU Rodeo Club president. "I am very excited to qualify for the CNFR and I feel it is a great honor to represent NMSU," says Talbot.

The national championship playoff series consists of 11 regions, which have been broken up into four different regional playoffs scheduled throughout the month of May. Contestants will qualify for the CNFR through these playoffs. The recent regional championship playoff in Hobbs hosted the Southern, Southwest, and Grand Canyon regions, which include all the colleges in Arizona, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Texas.

Other NMSU rodeo athletes who qualified to compete in the championship playoff, based on regional standings after 10 rodeos, included Bryce Duggar who placed first in bareback riding; Koelle Elaine Wright, who placed 3rd in breakaway roping, 6th in barrel racing, and 4th in women’s all-around; Deantha Ramsey Melton, placed 3rd in barrel racing; John Pete Etcheverry placed 6th in the men’s all-around; Jarret T. Corn, placed 7th in calf roping; Toby Ryan Boland, placed 9th in calf roping; Annette Kay Hinkle, placed 10th in breakaway roping; and John Pete Etcheverry and Aaron James Thomas, placed 4th in team roping. The men’s team came in third and the women’s team placed fourth in regional standings.

For more information on NMSU rodeo or the DuBois Rodeo Scholarship program, contact Frank A. DuBois at (505) 646-5063, e-mail at rodeo@nmda-bubba.nmsu.edu or log on to http://www.nmsu.edu/~duboisrodeo/.

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