Rodeo Team Wraps Up Successful Fall Campaign

Strong showing in every event gives the Texas Tech team needed push into the spring season.

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65th Annual Texas Tech Rodeo
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The Texas Tech University men's and women's rodeo teams recently wrapped up competition for the fall with a strong showing at its home event, the 65th Annual Texas Tech Rodeo.

Kynzie Rae McNeill qualified for the short round in barrel racing and took third at the Texas Tech event, while Macie Friess placed third in breakaway roping. In goat tying, Kipty Watt, Sarah Gunkel and Jessa Galloway finished third, fifth and 10th, respectively.

On the men's side, Wesley Salmon of Texas Tech partnered with Wyatt Schaack of South Plains College to qualify for the short round in team roping by placing fourth in the long-go.

Throughout the fall, saddle bronc rider Treyson Antonick was perhaps the most consistent performer for the Texas Tech rodeo team. He opened the fall by qualifying for the short round at a competition at Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) in Portales, New Mexico. He followed that with a third-place finish at Sul Ross State University in Alpine and a fifth-place finish at Vernon College. He also qualified for the short round at the West Texas A&M University rodeo in Canyon.

McNeill qualified for the short round in goat tying at ENMU and in breakaway roping in Vernon, and she also finished third in goat tying at Vernon.

Gunkel finished second overall in goat tying at Sul Ross State and fifth at West Texas A&M.

Stetson Corman captured the overall championship at the Sul Ross State rodeo in calf roping with a time of 18.80.

Other top performers at each rodeo included:

  • Eastern New Mexico – short round qualifiers: Kristin Shoppa, barrel racing; Madison Ward, goat tying.
  • Sul Ross State – short round qualifiers: Kipty Watt, breakaway roping; Chelsi Arnold, breakaway roping (fourth); Jessa Galloway, goat tying; Jessie Kirkes, goat tying; Madison Ward, goat tying.
  • Vernon College – short round qualifiers: Merrick Brooks, bull riding (fifth); Jessie Kirkes, breakaway roping; Watt, goat tying.
  • West Texas A&M – short round qualifiers: Galloway, barrel racing; Shoppa, barrel racing; Arnold, goat tying.

The Texas Tech rodeo team will take the rest of the fall off to prepare for the spring season, which begins in March.


The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources is made up of six departments:

  • Agriculture and Applied Economics
  • Agricultural Education and Communications
  • Animal and Food Science
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Plant and Soil Science
  • Natural Resources Management

The college also consists of eleven research centers and institutes, including the Cotton Economics Research Institute, the International Cotton Research Center and the Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute.


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