May 12, 2010
Written by Erin Hawes
Top finishers from the competition will represent the Texas Tech Rodeo Team at the College National Finals Rodeo in June. Photo courtesy of Craig Kelley.
Texas Tech men’s and women’s rodeo teams had a strong finish April 22-24 in Stephenville at the Tarleton State University NIRA rodeo.
The Texas Techs men’s rodeo team finished third, while the women’s team finished fourth, both out of 16 schools for the 2009-2010 school year in the Southwest region year-end standings.
For the men’s team, Luke Creasy dominated in the bronc riding event by placing first in go round one and he took first place in the finals, winning the championship in the bareback bronc riding event. Creasy nearly doubled the points for the year with 1,370 while second place Tarleton State University’s Craig Wisehart took 735 points.
Teammate Logan Allen placed fourth in go round one of the bull riding, and finished in the top 10 in team roping and bareback riding. The Crescent, Iowa native finished third in the regions all-around standings and fifth in the saddle bronc riding for the year.
C.J. Kerr was crowned reserve regional champion steer wrestler. Along with Creasy, the freshman animal and food sciences major will compete for the national championship at the 62nd annual College National Finals Rodeo June 12-19 in Casper, Wyo. Kerr, from Paradise, qualified by finishing second for the year in the steer wrestling event for the Southwest region.
In the women’s category, after finishing fourth in go round one, Taylor Langdon, an animal and food sciences major from Sanger, placed first in the finals and first overall in barrel racing.
Teammate Dani McGuire, an agriculture and applied economics major from Odessa, placed fourth in the first go round of the breakaway calf roping and finished fifth overall.
Erica Creswell, a senior psychology major from Weatherford, Okla., finished the year in third place in the goat tying standings. She will represent Texas Tech in Casper.
The Department of Animal and Food Sciences is housed within the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources.
In 2004, Animal and Food Sciences moved into a new state-of-the-art teaching and research facility. This new facility includes four multimedia-classrooms, five specialized teaching & research labs, the largest retail meat cooler on a university campus, and a retail store (COWamongus).
The department's Equestrian Center is home to Texas Tech's champion Ranch Horse Team, Rodeo Team, Equestrian Team, Therapeutic Riding Center and a 4-H Youth group. Connect with the center on Facebook.