Texas Tech Team Buckles Down For National Bid

Written by Cory Chandler

News Release

DATE: June 6, 2006
CONTACT: Cory Chandler, cory.chandler@ttu.edu
Kelly Ayers, kelly.j.ayers@ttu.edu
(806) 742-2136

LUBBOCK – Adam Gray, the Southwest Region’s champion calf roper, will be available for interviews as he and teammates Hunter Cure and Ryan Gray gear up to compete June 11-17 for the national team championship at the 58th annual College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming.

“We have a shot at winning a national team championship with only three guys, but three of the toughest I have ever seen,” said Chris Guay, Texas Tech Rodeo Team coach.

Adam Gray, a senior civil engineering major from Seymour, qualified for nationals as the Southwest Region champion calf roper. Guay describes Adam as a dedicated and hardworking individual and his pick to win the national championship.

Hunter Cure, a senior agricultural economics major from Electra, is the Southwest Region champion steer wrestler and will compete in this event at the national finals. Cure is the first intercollegiate national champion that Guay has ever had on his team.

Ryan Gray, a senior agriculture leadership major from Cheney, Wyo., qualified for nationals as the Southwest Region reserve champion bareback rider. He recently suffered a broken leg in a Stephenville rodeo, but may compete in the finals anyway.

The College National Finals Rodeo will take place at the Casper Events Center. Qualifiers from 11 U.S. regions will compete for a share of more than $200,000 in scholarship money from the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. Scholarship Awards Program.

Adam Gray will be available for on-camera interviews from noon-1 p.m. or after 5 p.m. Wednesday. He will also be available Thursday morning. He can be reached by cell phone at any time at (940) 631-8348.