Texas Tech University

Texas Tech Wool Team Wins National Western Stock Show Competition

George Watson

January 21, 2016

Red Raiders place four individuals in the top 10 overall.

2016 Wool Judging Team
2016 Texas Tech Wool Judging Team

Before the semester began, the Texas Tech University Wool Judging Team has already picked up its first victory of the spring, taking first and second place at the National Western Stock Show in Denver.

Two teams from the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources outlasted Angelo State to earn the win. The Texas Tech Black team took first with 2,043 points followed by Texas Tech Alternates with 2,036 points. The Texas Tech Red Team finished seventh with 1,992 points.

Texas Tech also placed four individual finishers in the top 10. Ivie Mynatt, a freshman from Eldorado, competed for the Black team and finished second with 694 points. Brooke Blum, a freshman from Howe on the Alternates team, was fourth with 686 points while April Molitor, a freshman from Hondo from the Alternates, was sixth with 678 points. Shallowater freshman Cole Bradford from the Red finished ninth with 676 points just ahead of Delaney Hanagan, a freshman from Artesia, New Mexico, from the Black team with 673 points.

Sam Jackson
Sam Jackson

Mynatt finished second in grading and ninth in placings. Blum was second in reasons and fourth in placings. Molitor finished fourth in grading and ninth in reasons. Bradford took seventh in placings and 10th in reasons while Hanagan was 10th in placings.

Clay Braden, a freshman from Wall competing on the Red team, took third in grading. Sam Spradlin, a freshman from Granbury on the Alternates team, was fifth in placings and third in reasons. Ryder Mata, a freshman from Seminole, and Matthew Huston, a sophomore from Gainesville, both competing for the Red team, finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in reasons.

Other team members include:

  • Kaylee Martin, a freshman from Roscoe
  • Dean Chapman, a freshman from Sweetwater
  • Ben Mills, a freshman from Shallowater
  • Kyle Mahagan, a sophomore from Plainview

Texas A&M's Alternates team finished fourth followed by its Maroon and White teams.

Sam Jackson, an associate professor in the Texas Tech University Department of Animal and Food Sciences, serves as the teams' adviser.

The team is coached by graduate student Dan Crownover from Italy; Colton Fritz, a senior from Fredericksburg; Gabe Jennings, a junior from Mason; Bryce Winfrey, a junior from Seminole; and Breanne Burner, a sophomore from Grape Creek.