Jessica Humphrey was named the top individual at the meet held in Pennsylvania.
Following up on a strong spring, the defending national champion Texas Tech University Meat Judging Team in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences picked up an overall team victory Oct. 1 at the Eastern National Meat Judging Contest in Wyalusing, Pennsylvania.
Texas Tech outpaced rival Texas A&M University by 11 points, finishing with 4,183 points to capture the overall team crown, while Big 12 Conference rival Oklahoma State University was third with 4,150 points. Angelo State University, a part of the Texas Tech University System, finished fourth with 4,108 points.
Texas Tech's strong team showing was led by its first-place finishes in the specifications and reasons/questions categories as well as second-place finishes in beef judging, lamb judging and overall beef.
Texas Tech also took third in pork judging and fourth in beef grading.
Jessica Humphrey, a senior from Okeechobee, Florida, led the way for Texas Tech as the top individual performer with 1,067 points. Tommy Fletcher, a junior from La Vernia, finished sixth overall with 1,047 points.
In the individual categories, Humphrey took first in beef grading and specifications, second in overall beef and ninth in reasons/questions. Fletcher took first in lamb judging and also finished in the top 10 in beef grading and overall beef.
Other top performers for Texas Tech were Cole Perkins, a junior from Llano, who took first in pork judging and reasons/questions and fifth in specifications; and Kye Schwartz, a junior from Wall, who finished 10th in beef judging.
Other members of the meat judging team are:
- Kyle Caldwell, a junior from Midlothian
- Katlynn Freeman, a junior from Panhandle
- Lane Harrington, a senior from Frost
- Boyd Henry, a junior from Wall
- Courtney Jasik, a junior from Mertzon
- Shannon O'Quinn, a junior from League City
- Kiersten Scott, a senior from Scott City, Kansas
- Keeley Sears, a junior from Peaster
- Blayne Troxell, a junior from Pampa
- Chelsi Vineyard, a junior from Stephenville
- Megan Writt, a junior from Houston