Tech's Meat Judging Team takes first at Denver's National Western Stock Show
Texas Tech's Meat Judging Team began their season with a 13-point victory, posting a total team score of 4,076 points this month at the National Western Stock Show in Denver. The team won the pork judging, specifications, and placing divisions. "I'm proud of the consistency we have developed in our judging program here at Tech," said Mark Miller, Tech's San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Distinguished Chair in Meat Science. "The team has a competitive spirit that drives them to excellence."
Texas A&M, Colorado State, Oklahoma State and the University of Wyoming finished second through fifth, respectively. The Red Raiders also boasted two of the top-ten individuals in the competition and had six of the top-ten individuals in the alternate division. Individual placements were Zachary Grimsley, a sophomore from Abernathy, third; and Lukas Ziegler, a junior from New Windsor, Md., fifth overall.
In the alternate division, the standouts were DeShea Hanagan, a sophomore from Artesia, N.M., first; Caetlyn Avant, a senior from Copeville, second; Mehgan Murray, a sophomore from Wylie, third; David Holland, a junior from Killeen, fourth; Chad Vander Linden, a junior from Muscatine, Iowa, fifth; and Lindsey Drey, a sophomore from Houston, tenth.
Additional team members were Kaitlyn Farmer, a junior from Aztec, N.M.; Autumn Ritchey, a sophomore from Houston; Linay Runnels, a sophomore from Hondo; and Jeremy Garcia, a junior from Houston. The team is coached by Drew Cashman, Loni Woolley and Travis O'Quinn, along with Miller. The team will compete at two more contests this spring including the Southwestern in Fort Worth and the Houston Livestock Show.
Reporting by Moriah Beyers
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