October 22, 2009
Written by Erin Hawes
Erica Creswell and Luke Creasy of Texas Tech University were awarded championship titles on Oct. 17 during the 60th consecutive NIRA rodeo.
Erica Creswell, a senior from Weatherford, received the all-around champion cowgirl title after competing against more than 200 female contestants in the final rodeo competition.
She completed the first round in 2.1 seconds, finishing in first place out of 100 other women. She also won the preliminary round in goat tying in 8.2 seconds. Her women’s all-around placement helped the Lady Raiders take the women’s championship title.
Other Lady Raiders that placed:
The Texas Tech men’s team won reserve champion team led by Luke Creasy, a senior from Alberta, Canada. Creasy won the bareback bronco riding title after placing first in go round one with a 77-point ride. He also tied with a 78-point trip, which lead the regional leader to win the overall bareback riding championship.
Other men that placed:
The top two teams will advance and compete at the College National Finals Rodeo next June in Casper, Wyo.