Photo by Craig Chandler University Communication
The NCTA Aggie Rodeo team travels to Brookings, S.D., for their season opener on April 7-8.
College rodeo isn’t even out of the chute this spring. Yet, five recruits are already signed up to be Aggies come fall at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis.The NCTA opens its spring season of intercollegiate rodeo with the Great Plains Region on April 7-8 at South Dakota State University.
NCTA Aggie Coach Taylor Rossenbach intends to have eight NCTA student athletes make the trip to Brookings for the spring opener.
Lexus Kelsch of McLaughlin, S.D. is leading the point standings in the Great Plains region barrel racing. She is a third-year student in animal science and agribusiness management.
Cash Talamantez of Oshkosh is in eighth place in tie down roping.
Rossenbach recently received letters of intent from five high school rodeo athletes who are headed to NCTA as freshmen next fall. Four are Nebraskans and one is from Missouri.
“What an exciting time for NCTA Aggie Rodeo,” Rossenbach said. “Seeing our athletes prepare for graduation while competing with a rigorous travel schedule in the next month, and signing new recruits is exhilarating.”
Three students of the Aggie Team will graduate May 4, leaving immediately following the commencement exercise for Dickenson, N.D. They are Kelsch, Trevor Ginkens of Harrison and Tom Percival of Oxford.
Incoming recruits are excited to complete their high school careers in the next two months, looking to national final opportunities.
The 2017-18 recruits include:
• Rio Whited, North Platte, team roping, animal science
• Ty Hermalbracht, Rosalie, team roping, animal science
• Quentin Anderson, Pierce, tie down and team roping, equine industry management and agribusiness management
• Sydney Goracke, Sterling, barrel racing, animal science
• Maeson Roberts, Neosho, Mo., tie down and team roping, animal science
Other NCTA recruits will be announced in the coming months, Rossenbach said. Meanwhile, the Aggie Rodeo travel schedule this spring is:
• April 7-8 – Brookings, S.D., South Dakota State University
• April 14-15 – Lincoln, Neb., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
• April 21-22 – Spearfish, S.D., Black Hills State University
• April 28-29 – Hastings, Neb., Hastings College
• May 5-6 – Dickenson, N.D., Dickenson State University
For more information about NCTA rodeo or academic programs, see ncta.unl.edu or call 1-800-3CURTIS.