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Women’s rodeo team looks to defend their 2012 national championship

Women’s rodeo team looks to defend their 2012 national championship

By turning in a strong showing at the Tarleton State University Stampede Rodeo last month Stephenville, the Texas Tech University women’s rodeo team qualified to compete in the College National Finals Rodeo in June in Casper, Wyo. The women’s team made school history last summer, winning its first national championship at the 64th annual College National Finals Rodeo.

The team’s finish in Stephenville put the group in second place in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s Southwest Region. Members of the women’s team include Taylor Langdon, a senior exercise sports major from Aubrey; Shelby Janssen, a junior general studies major from Austin, Minn.; Carley Richardson, a senior animal and food sciences-nursing major from Pampa; and Traci Bailey, a junior agriculture education major from Centerville, Wash.

Separately, Texas Tech rodeo coach Chris Guay also noted that the Texas Tech men individual qualifiers for the national finals rodeo include Garrett Hale, a junior agriculture and applied economics major from Snyder, who was second in calf roping at Tarleton; and Zach Peterson, an agriculture and applied economics major from Afton, Iowa, who placed third in bull riding.

CONTACT: Leslie Thompson, chairman and professor, Department of Animal and Food Sciences, Texas Tech University at 806-742-2805, ext 224 or leslie.thompson@ttu.edu

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