Texas Tech Meat Judging Team Secures Top Honors at Eastern National

The Texas Tech University Meat Judging Team successfully began its fall judging season with a win on Oct. 3 in Wyalusing, Pa. In the contest, the team defeated the competition by a 150-point margin and placed first in the beef grading, lamb judging, overall beef, pork judging and total reasons divisions. Individually, the team also brought home top-ten honors. Meagan Igo was the high-individual overall. Matt Bruton, Collin Corbin and Abby Long placed second, third and seventh in the overall competition. In the alternate division, nine of the top-ten individuals were from Texas Tech. Oklahoma State University, the University of Illinois, South Dakota State University and Texas A&M University rounded out the top-five team slots. In addition to Igo, Bruton, Corbin and Long, team members include:
  • Sarah Calhoun, a junior from Weatherford
  • Adam Copeland, a junior from Katy
  • Tate Corliss, a senior from Estancia, N.M.
  • Kelsey Fletcher, a junior from Universal City
  • Josh Hasty, a senior from Cleburne
  • Kelly Hutton, a junior from Castle Rock, Colo.
  • Amber Krause, a junior from Florence
  • Josh McCann, a junior from Newport, Va.
  • Brandon O’Quinn, a junior from League City
  • Henry Ruiz, a senior from Eagle Pass
The team is coached by Mark Miller, Texas Tech’s San Antonio Livestock Show Distinguished Chair in Meat Science and graduate student Travis O’Quinn. This is the fourth of seven contests for the undefeated 2009 team. Find Texas Tech news, experts and story ideas at www.media.ttu.edu. CONTACT: Moriah Beyers, coordinator of meat science programs, Department of Animal and Food Sciences, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-2805, or moriah.beyers@ttu.edu.