Texas Tech’s Meat Animal Evaluation Team Achieves Fourth Consecutive National Championship

Written by Erin Hawes

Texas Tech University’s Meat Animal Evaluation Team secured another national championship—its fourth in four years on Friday (Mar. 26) at the Oklahoma City Stockyards.

Taking first place with 8,770 points, the Red Raiders won sheep evaluation, beef evaluation, market animal and meats divisions during the two-day National Meat Animal Evaluation Contest.

"I am grateful for this team’s selfless efforts to help make our student programs the best in the nation,” said Coach Ryan Rathmann, an assistant professor in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences.

Twelve universities from across the nation competed in the annual event. The contest took place over a two-day period and was specifically designed to encourage students to seek a more complete understanding of the food supply from conception to consumer.

Individually, Ben Scott, a junior from Douglas, Ga., led the team as second high-point individual. Scott was followed by teammates Matt Bruton, a juniorfrom Throckmorton; Collin Corbin, a junior from League City and Josh McCann a junior from Newport, Va. also finished in the Top-10 individuals.

Other team members participating this season are: • Brittany Boxwell, a junior from Perryton • Kirby Carpenter, a junior from Kiowa, Colo. • Chelsea Clifton, a junior from Kingfisher, Okla. • Adam Copeland, a junior from Katy • Tate Corliss, a senior from Estancia, N.M. • Josh Cribbs, a junior from Plant City, Fla. • Caleb Crosswhite, a junior from McKinney • Kelsey Fletcher, a junior from Universal City • Meagan Igo, a junior from Plainview

Amber Krause, a junior from Florence • Stormie McClurg, a sophomore from Nazareth • Maddee Moore, a senior from Cove, Ore. • Chance Neff, a junior from San Angelo • Brandon Reeves, a sophomore from Mt. Solon, Va. • Martin Shaw, a junior from Hilmar, Calif.

The team is coached by Rathmann and Texas Tech graduate student Travis O’Quinn.

CONTACT: Moriah Beyers, Department of Animal and Food Sciences, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-2805 ext. 248, or Moriah.beyers@ttu.edu