September 25, 2009
Written by Erin Hawes
Texas Tech University’s rodeo team launched their fall season last week with a striking women’s team victory at the Eastern New Mexico University Rodeo in Portales. The women overpowered 15 other teams from the National Collegiate Rodeo Association’s Southwest Region to take the top spot.
Tarleton State, Howard College, West Texas College and South Plains College rounded out the Top 5. Separately, the men placed fifth out of 16 teams behind West Texas College, Eastern New Mexico, Tarleton State and Weatherford College, respectively.
“I’m really pleased with how well we performed in Portales,” Texas Tech Coach Chris Guaysaid. “We know we’re going to improve as the fall and spring schedule unfolds and it’s important that we know where we stand.”
• Erica Creswell, a senior psychology major from Weatherford, Okla., started where she left off last season by dominating the goat tying competition, placing first in each round of the event.
Other prominent performances include:
• Dani McGuire, a junior agriculture and applied economics major from Gardendale, who began her 2009 campaign by finishing third in the women’s all around standings on the strength of her fourth place showing in goat tying and a strong first go round in breakaway calf roping. • Ashley Davis, a senior animal and food sciences major from Reform, Ala., turned in a strong first go round in goat tying and placing ninth overall in the event.
The Tech men’s team turned in a solid outing as well, with a number of Red Raiders turning in impressive early-season performances. Most notably:
• Luke Creasy, a junior english major from Alberta, Canada, finished first in the finals and third aggregate in bareback riding. • C.J. Kerr, a freshman animal and food sciences major from Paradise, placed first in the first go round and tied for aggregate fifth in steer wrestling.
• Logan Allen, a senior agricultural leadership major from Crescent, Iowa, finished a strong and consistent fourth in saddle bronc riding. • Stetson Rasberry, a senior business major from Roby, finished fourth in both the first go round and overall in bull riding. Rasberry was joined by Bonnor Bolton, a recent transfer from Odessa College, who qualified for the top ten in the event, as well.
Both the men’s and women’s teams compete next in the Sul Ross University Rodeo in Alpine, Sept. 24-26.
Additional information is also available at www.collegerodeo.com and www.swregion.org.
CONTACT: Chris Guay, rodeo coach, Department of Animal and Food Sciences, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-2805 ext. 256, or www.ttu.edu/rodeo