>>Allison Hirth, Reporting: THERE ARE CERTAIN MOMENTS IN LIFE YOU’LL NEVER FORGET. IF YOU’RE THE MASKED RIDER, THAT FIRST RIDE ACROSS THE FIELD AT JONES STADIUM IS ONE OF THOSE.>>Laurie Tolboom, 56th Masked Rider: You start running and then it’s kind of like you’re… it’s done. But that like short, I don’t even know, like five to ten seconds– it’s like such an incredible experience that like you
can’t… even the rest of football games, you won’t have that
same experience. It’ll still be a huge adrenaline rush every time, but that very
first ride is definitely the best ride.>>Allison Hirth: LAURIE TOLBOOM HAS SPENT THE PAST YEAR AS TEXAS TECH’S OFFICIAL MASCOT. AS 56TH MASKED RIDER, SHE’S TRAVELED THOUSANDS OF MILES REPRESENTING THE RED RAIDERS WITH FEARLESS CHAMPION BY HER SIDE.>>Laurie Tolboom: Honestly, I’ll miss him the most. It’s impossible not to love him as more
than a horse.>>Allison Hirth: AFTER A YEAR…>>Laurie Tolboom: I got a lot out of it.>>Allison Hirth: AND HUNDREDS OF APPEARANCES…>>Laurie Tolboom: More than I thought I was going to.>>Allison Hirth: LAURIE IS HANDING OVER THE REINS TO LYNDI STARR.>>Lyndi Starr, 57th Masked Rider: I answered it and Stephanie was like, ‘Would you like to be the 57th Masked Rider?’ And I was like, ‘Yes, I’d love to,’ and I started shaking and I started… I cried.>>Allison Hirth: THE MOUNT VERNON NATIVE SAYS THE OPPORTUNITY TO WEAR THE INFAMOUS MASK AND CAPE IS A DREAM COME TRUE.>>Lyndi Starr: I remember seeing the Masked Rider whenever it says you’ve been
accepted, it’s the Masked Rider’s picture, and I was like, ‘Wow, I want to be… I’m going to be the Masked Rider.’>>Allison Hirth: LYNDI SAYS SHE’S MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO MEETING NEW PEOPLE AND FORMING A CLOSE BOND WITH FEARLESS. LAURIE SAYS THE JOB’S A BIG RESPONSIBILITY BUT IT’S MORE THAN WORTH IT.>>Laurie Tolboom: Be prepared to step outside your comfort zone a little bit because there are a lot of experiences out there, and
if you’re okay with stepping outside a little bit, you get to experience a lot
more.>>Allison Hirth: FOR TEXAS TECH TODAY, I’M ALLISON HIRTH.