Written by: Ben Samples
The Texas Tech University meat judging team proved, once again, it’s simply a cut
above the rest.
The four-member team edged out the defending national champions to earn its fourth
consecutive championship at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Intercollegiate Meat
Judging Contest held March 8. A second Texas Tech team placed fourth in the overall
"Houston is the only competition that you can have more than one team representing
a university," said Jesse Collins, a coach of the team. "Having two teams place in
the top five is pretty unheard of in a contest like that."
The team overcame competition from regional powerhouses, including Texas A&M University
and Colorado State University, which is coached by a Texas Tech alumnus.
"Texas Tech has a long tradition of excellence in the meat science and judging program,"
said Kevin Pond, chair of the Department of Animal and Food Sciences. "Our outstanding
facilities, coaches and close proximity to the animal industry are a great advantage."
In the individual standings, team member Ben Estes placed second, while Tyler Cowie
and Shanna Ward finished fifth and ninth overall, respectively.
The team is coached by Mark Miller, professor of animal science and food technology,
and graduate students Collins and Justin Derington. Team members include: Cowie, Estes,
Ward, Paden Daniels, Shayna Dunlap, Matthew Morales, Trevor Thompson and Heather Veltri.
CONTACT: Kayla Rathmann, coordinator of student programs, College of Agricultural
Sciences and Natural Resources, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-2808, or firstname.lastname@example.org