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Former Red Raider Rodeo Star Wins Second World Title

Fellow ex-Texas Tech rodeo team members also fared well in this year's world standings.

Written by Leslie Cranford

Sears earned $238,864 this year to take home the world title honors. Photo by Mike Copeman

“World Champion” is becoming a familiar title for Lindsay Sears.

The former Texas Tech rodeo standout won her second barrel-racing world title in four years Saturday night (Dec. 10) in the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in Las Vegas. The second-place money Sears earned boosted her final total for the year to $238,864 – more than $40,000 ahead of second-place finisher Brittany Pozzi.

Sears also took the 10-round NFR aggregate title, for an additional $45,865, with 10 runs in 139.50 seconds. Sears and her mare, Martha, went 13.75 seconds in the final round.

“Lindsay has been an awesome ambassador for Texas Tech, starting the first of her four years in the College of Agriculture Sciences and Natural Resources,” said Chris Guay, Texas Tech rodeo coach. “We are so pleased that she has now won her second world championship in the barrel racing event. Lindsay has always been a quiet, friendly and unassuming person; it couldn’t have happened to a nicer person.”

Former Texas Tech rodeo team member Ryan Gray finished sixth in the world standings in bareback riding with $137,257, earning fifth-place with an 85-point ride. Gray and wife Lacy both competed in rodeo while at Texas Tech.

Another Texas Tech graduate, Adam Gray of Seymour, had a strong week in tie-down roping. A third-place finish in the final round and a tie for second in the average, moved him to ninth in the world standings. Gray tied his calf in 8.1 seconds Saturday.

Still another Texas Tech graduate, Wes Stevenson, qualified for the sixth time for the Las Vegas NFR. Guay said that Stevenson and his wife Francie met at Texas Tech and both graduated around 2002. Francie gave birth to the couple’s first child, a girl, last week.

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