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NMSU Grad Student Finishes 2nd At Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest

2011 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest
NMSU grad student Stephanie Torres (R) competes in the 2011 Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest at the original Nathan's Famous in Coney Island. (Photo by Ramin Talaie/Getty Images)

A new hot dog eating star was born earlier today. 25-year old NMSU grad student Stephanie Torres devoured 29 hot dogs and buns, and finished tied for second at the 2011 Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest. The event took place at the historic Coney Island Nathan’s Famous, and featured the first ever women’s competition. Torres, who topped her qualifying mark by six hot dogs, still fell well short of Sonya “Black Widow” Thomas’ 40 hot dogs.

Torres had never competed in the famed competitve eating competition, but had made her reputation known in recent months by tackling every local Man vs. Food challenge. I expect her to contend for Thomas’ title in the next few years. Torres does not yet have a nickname, so please submit any

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