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Tech women’s rodeo team claims championship

Texas Tech University women’s rodeo team claimed the championship title at the 58th annual Texas Tech National Intercollegiate Rodeo Oct. 25-27 at Tech’s Equestrian Center. Sixteen colleges and universities from across the nation competed in the annual event.

“This marks the third straight intercollegiate rodeo championship that Texas Tech Lady Rodeo Raiders have won,” said Chris Guay, Tech’s rodeo coach.

Barrel Racing. The team scored a total of 355 points, dominating second place Vernon College by 160 points. Academic All-American Brittany Bennett-Hofstetter from Portales, NM, led the women’s team placing first in the barrel racing event riding her horse Paco.

Tiana Thornton from San Angelo and Romany Gordon from Castle Rock, CO, followed receiving third and fifth, respectively, in the same event. Kelsey Friskup of Muleshoe finished fourth in the breakaway calf roping event and Heather Turner of Cochrane, Alberta, Canada, finished fourth in the goat tying event.

Calf Roping. Meanwhile, the Texas Tech men’s rodeo team finished fourth with Stetson Vest from Childress capturing first place in the finals and third place overall in the calf roping event. Jay Manning of Ingram and Jake Brown of Austin teamed up to place in the team roping event. Brown also placed in the calf roping event, missing the All-around Cowboy award by a narrow margin.

Texas Tech’s rodeo team has been a charter member of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association since 1949. The team trains at the Texas Tech Equestrian Center and the Dub Parks Memorial Arena.

– Written by Brittni Drennan

For more information, contact Christ Guay at (806) 778-0131 or


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