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Woman’s Quest To Be A&M Yell Leader Ends

COLLEGE STATION (AP) – Samantha Ketcham’s quest to become Texas A&M’s first female yell leader ended abruptly Wednesday when the university’s election commission said no runoff would be needed.

Ketcham was hoping to be elected to the five-member group, which A&M has instead of cheerleaders. It has always been comprised of men at the formerly all-male military institution.

The commission initially reported that Ketcham had become the only woman in school history to receive enough votes to qualify for a runoff, with Tuesday night results showing Nelson Ingram had been elected senior yell leader, with Ketcham and three other students facing a runoff for the two remaining positions.

Three seniors and two juniors are selected for the group and a person must receive at least 50 percent of the vote to be elected.

Later, the commission said “the percentages were tabulated incorrectly” and that Drew Nelson and Hunter Skoog had won the other two spots.

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