Texas Tech's Soil Judging Team takes first place at Kingsville regional contest
Texas Tech University's Soil Judging Team won first place overall at the Regional Soil Judging Contest held Sept. 25-26 at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Sponsored by the American Society of Agronomy and the Soil Science Society of America, the event included teams from the University of Arkansas, Oklahoma State University, Texas A&M University, and Tarleton State University.
The Red Raiders also took first in team judging, and were led by three high placing individual performances. Jennifer Romero, a junior from El Paso, won first, while David Brockman, junior from Newcastle, took second. Trey Roach, junior from Keller, placed fifth. This marks the twenty-first time the Texas Tech Soils Judging Team has placed first in regional competition since 1960.
Additional Tech team members included Trent Smith, junior from Robinson; Morgan Hector, senior from Lubbock; and Emily Keeling, senior from Lubbock.
"With the win, our team will advance to the national collegiate soils judging contest for the second straight year," said David Weindorf, the team's coach and associate dean for research with Tech's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Corey Bryant, a Department of Plant and Soil Science master's graduate student from Monticello, Ark. also assisted in preparing the team for competition.
This year's national contest will be held in April at the University of Arkansas-Monticello. Some 20 teams from across the nation are expected to attend.
Written by Norman Martin
CONTACT: Eric Hequet, Department Chair, Department of Plant and Soil Science, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2838 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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