Lazenby named All-American

Posted 6/9/20

North Zulch High School graduate Eliza Lazenby was named one of 15 All-Americans by the Junior College Livestock Coaches Association. The Clarendon College sophomore, who plans to attend Texas Tech in the fall, is just the seventh student in the junior college’s history to earn the distinction.

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Lazenby named All-American

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North Zulch High School graduate Eliza Lazenby was named one of 15 All-Americans by the Junior College Livestock Coaches Association. The Clarendon College sophomore, who plans to attend Texas Tech in the fall, is just the seventh student in the junior college’s history to earn the distinction.

“It was very nerve-racking,” said Lazenby on waiting to hear whether or not she would be selected. “Since everything was virtual (because of the COVID-19 pandemic), it made things a lot different for us. I was very nervous because I did not have a great day during one of those contests, so I did not know how everything would play out.”

The selection process was based on four national contests the students competed in during the year, which took place in Houston, Kansas City, Louisville and Denver. The 15 All-American qualifiers all finished in the top percentage of those contests and were also required to have at least a 3.0 grade point average.

“(Lazenby) is one of the most dedicated and hardworking students I have coached in my 23-year career,” said Clarendon Livestock Judging Coach Johnny Treichel. “She can read livestock and is articulate, but her extremely competitive nature allowed her to be named an All-American.”

Treichel estimates Lazenby attended over 20 contests and practiced most weekends during her time at Clarendon.

“(Treichel) had poured a lot into me, so I was just hoping to be in the top 15,” said Lazenby. “It meant a lot to me that I could do that for my coach.”

Lazenby will continue her love for agriculture at a new destination in the fall when she studies Ag communications at Texas Tech. She currently has aspirations to go into Ag sales after completing her studies.

“(Tech) has really high internship rates and get their students into jobs they want to be in,” said Lazenby. “I am excited that I have the ability to be part of such a great Ag program that can do that for me.”

Lazenby expressed immense appreciation for her mother, Leslie Lazenby, along with all those individuals who have helped her along the way.

The Junior College Livestock Coaches Association All-American award was established in 2004.

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