Winning Streak Continues for Texas Tech’s Meat Judging Team

Texas Tech University's meat judging team received first place honors Feb. 7 in Fort Worth at the Southwestern Livestock Show's Meat Judging Contest for senior colleges.

Written by: Jessica Behnham

Texas Tech University's meat judging team received first place honors Feb. 7 in Fort Worth at the Southwestern Livestock Show's Meat Judging Contest for senior colleges. The contest, hosted by the American Meat Science Association in conjunction with the Fort Worth stock show, is the second win of 2009 for the 15-member team. The team dominated the competition, taking the top spot by a 113-point margin with a score of 4,081 points. Other top finishers, in placement order, were South Dakota State University, Oklahoma State University, University of Nebraska and Colorado State University. Eleven universities competed at the contest. "Texas Tech has now won the Southwestern contest three times before any other university," said Mark Miller, Texas Tech's San Antonio Livestock Show Distinguished Chair in Meat Science. "This means that Texas Tech has retired the cup." The cup for the 'High Team Overall' had previously been won by the 2004 and 2006 Texas Tech Meat Judging Teams. The retired cup will be added to the university's Department of Animal and Food Sciences trophy case. This is the first time in Texas Tech history that the school's meat judging team has won seven consecutive contests - five during the 2008 season and two in the 2009 season. Two of the three highest-scoring individuals were from Texas Tech. Abby Long, a sophomore from Boerne, took first, and Meagan Igo, a sophomore from Plainview, tied for third place with Kansas State's Hyatt Frobose. Matt Bruton, a sophomore from Throckmorton, was the fourth place individual in the overall competition. Last month the Red Raiders placed first at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, winning by an 80-point margin. In addition to Long, Igo and Bruton, team members include:
  • Sarah Calhoun, a sophomore from Weatherford
  • Adam Copeland, a sophomore from Katy
  • Collin Corbin, a sophomore from Webster
  • Tate Corliss, a junior from Estancia, N.M.
  • Kelsey Fletcher, a sophomore from Universal City
  • Josh Hasty, a junior from Cleburne
  • Kelly Hutton, a sophomore from Castle Rock, Colo.
  • Amber Krause, a sophomore from Florence
  • Jett Mason, a sophomore from Brownfield
  • Josh McCann, a sophomore from Newport, Va.
  • Brandon O'Quinn, a sophomore from League City
  •  Henry Ruiz, a junior from Eagle Pass
The team is coached by Miller and Texas Tech graduate student Travis O'Quinn. CONTACT: Markus Miller, SALE chair - Meat Science, Food Processing & Preservation, Department of Animal and Food Sciences, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-2805 ext. 231 or mfmrraider@aol.com