The Meat Judging Team at Texas Tech earns the top grade again at another contest. Tech claimed the American Royal’s Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest in Omaha for the 5th consecutive year.

Tech scored a total of 4,074 and faced off against 15 teams from across the country. Angelo State finished 4th while Texas A&M finished 5th.

The team won the beef grading, overall beef, specifications and placing categories. They were second in beef judging, lamb judging, pork judging and reasons.

Individual placements for Tech:

● Bo Hutto, a junior from Hondo, was high individual

● Dan Crownover, a junior from Italy, placed second

● Tanner Adams, junior from Sanger, finished eleventh

Alternate division:

● Heather Rode, a junior from Doss, was high individual

● Trevor King, a junior from Winnsboro, placed second

● Colton Christian, a junior from Farwell, was third

● Valerie Manning, a junior from Mabank, was sixth

Additional team members include Dewayne Phillips, a junior from Stephenville; Steven Ebeling, a junior from Plainview; Garydale Grubelnik, a junior from Raton, N.M.; Zac Miller, a junior from Seymour; and Weston Burson, a junior from Florence.

The team is coached by graduate students Collin Corbin and Henry Ruiz along with Mark Miller, Horn Professor and San Antonio Stock Show Distinguished Chair in Meat Science.

“I’m very proud of the commitment of these students,” Miller said. “They have two more contests this fall that will require them to continue to work hard and focus.”

The team will compete in Plainview Nov. 4 and at the International in Dakotah City, Neb., on Nov. 18.