Strong start for Tech's Livestock Judging Team at National Western Stock Show
Texas Tech's Livestock Judging Team began their spring season with first and second place finishes this month at the National Western Stock Show in Denver. In addition, the team won the Collegiate Carload Contest "" a contest unique to the show where participants evaluate pens of cattle. The team finished second behind Oklahoma State in the livestock judging contest where they evaluated cattle, sheep, goats, and swine and presented oral reasons. Individually, Hayden Brown, a junior from Midland, was third in the Carload Contest, and Ian Schaefer, a junior from Garden City, ranked sixth overall in the livestock judging contest.
Additional team members include Brittany Blum, a junior from Howe; Kylan Carson, a junior from Olton; Colton Coker, a junior from Roby; Austin Crissman, a junior from Bells; Nick Fitzsimmons, a junior from Vail, Iowa; Garrett Foote, a junior from Texico, N.M.; Taylor Frank, a junior from Berthoud, Colo.; Cassie Godwin, a junior from Prescott, Ark.; Tate Horwood, a junior from Sterling City; Austin Langemeier, a junior from Marion; Reina Lewis, a junior from Tulia; Jacob Mckillip, a junior from Lafayette, Ind.; Bailey Riedel, a junior from San Luis Obispo, Calif.; and Taylor Tjaden, a junior from San Angelo. The team is coached by Ryan Rathmann, an assistant professor in Tech's Department of Animal and Food Sciences, along with graduate student Brady Ragland and undergraduate Lane Halfmann. The team will compete at Fort Worth, San Antonio and Houston later this spring.
Reporting by Moriah Beyers
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