June 21, 2011
Texas-tested rodeo skills helped guide the Texas Tech University Women’s Rodeo Team to a fourth-place national ranking on Saturday (June 18) at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo.
“All four of our members gained points during the week,” said Chris Guay, Texas Tech’s rodeo coach and an instructor in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences.
The team included:
• Goat Tying: Bailey Guthrie, a junior pre-physical therapy major from Rigby, Idaho
• Barrel Racing: Taylor Langdon, a sophomore radiology technology major from Aubrey.
• Barrel Racing: Haley Nelson, a junior English major from Channing
• Breakaway Calf Roping: Kirsten Stubbs, a sophomore agriculture and applied economics major from Eldorado
According to program officials, the national finals are considered the “Rose Bowl” of college rodeo. It’s where the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association crowns individual event champions in saddle bronc riding, bare back riding, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping and goat tying. In addition, national team championships are awarded to both men’s and women’s teams.
During the competition, Nelson and Stubbs placed well in their events, while Langdon finished seventh in the finals and fifth in the individual national barrel racing standings. Guthrie placed second in go round two and first in the finals. Her strong showing put her in the fifth spot in the national goat tying standings. The women’s competition was won by Montana State University, followed by Sam Houston State University, Tarleton State University and Texas Tech.
Texas Tech men’s rodeo team members ended the year among the nation’s Top 20 rodeo teams. They placed 19th in the national standings.
Separately, C.J. Kerr, a junior animal and food sciences major from Paradise, won first in go round two, third in go round three and third in the finals. He finished in the fifth spot in the national steer wrestling standings. Luke Creasy, a senior English major from Alberta, Canada, took seventh in go round two and completed the season 14th in the nation in bareback riding.
More than 400 cowboys and cowgirls from more than 100 universities and colleges compete in Casper each year. Contestants compete all year in one of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s 11 regions for a chance to rope or ride in the national finals. The top three students in each event, and top two men’s and women’s teams from the regions qualify.
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