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Saddle Up; Tech women’s team competes at College National Rodeo Finals

Saddle Up; Tech women’s team competes at College National Rodeo Finals

A foursome of Texas Tech students hoped history would repeat itself when the Tech women’s rodeo team made its way to the College National Finals Rodeo June 9-15. The team made school history last summer, winning its first national championship at the finals, but finished 27th this year at the Casper, Wyo., competition.

Members of the women’s team included Taylor Langdon, barrels, a senior exercise sports major from Aubrey; Shelby Janssen, barrels, a junior general studies major from Austin, Minn.; Carley Richardson, barrels, a senior animal and food sciences-nursing major from Pampa; and Traci Bailey, goat tying, a junior agriculture education major from Centerville, Wash.

About 55 teams across the nation out of about 200 institutions that have college rodeo teams were in attendance, said Chris Guay, Texas Tech’s rodeo coach, who is retiring after this trip. Students were at home or traveling to rodeos each week competing on the way up to Wyoming.

Texas Tech men individual qualifiers for the national finals rodeo included Garrett Hale, a junior agriculture and applied economics major from Snyder, competing in calf roping; and Zach Peterson, an agriculture and applied economics major from Afton, Iowa, competing in bull riding. Texas Tech’s men’s rodeo team won the university’s first national championship in 1955.

Written by Norman Martin

CONTACT: Chris Guay, rodeo coach, Department of Animal and Food Sciences, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2805 ext. 256 or

0606NM13 / PHOTO: Richard ‘Whitty’ Whittenburg – Two Dog Enterprises


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