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NMJC's Sandoval Wins National Championship at CNFR

NMJC's Sandoval Wins National Championship at CNFR photo 6/18/2007 11:26:52 a.m. - Hobbs, NM. New Mexico Junior College's Alicia Sandoval won the barrel-racing event during Saturday evening's championship round at the 59th Annual College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming. With an aggregate score of 55.98 after four rounds, she was crowned national champion.

Placing in all three rounds with scores of 14.17, 14.00, and 13.85, respectively, Sandoval recorded a final-round time of 13.96. Sandoval, who was also last year's reserve national champion, finished .44 seconds faster than the second place competitor.

According to NMJC Rodeo Coach Phillip Berry, "Alicia was professional and wonderful the whole week. From the second round on, she was in the lead and the others couldn't catch up. She was impressive."

Sandoval's horse was also honored as the American Quarter Horse Association's Horse of the Year. The NMJC women's rodeo team finished fourth in the nation in overall team standings, based solely on Sandoval's scores.

JW Townsend and his partner, Jamie Mader of Tarleton State, placed 11th overall in team roping.

Kyle French finished bull riding in the top twenty.

For complete coverage and results of the CNFR, visit For more information on NMJC rodeo, call coach Phillip Berry at 575.399.0640.

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