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Meats Team Runner-Up at National Contest

October 30, 2014

Angelo State University’s Meat Judging Team tied for second overall and placed two individuals in the top five at the American Meat Science Association’s (AMSA) 2014 Eastern National Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest earlier this month in Wyalusing, Penn.

(L to R) Lexus Weinheimer (coach), Bryce Patton, Matthew Murdoch, Katie Austin, Danielle Freeman, Savina Robles and Dalton Zipp(L to R) Lexus Weinheimer (coach), Bryce Patton, Matthew Murdoch, Katie Austin, Danielle Freeman, Savina Robles and Dalton ZippThe ASU team earned 4,095 points to tie for second with Texas Tech University behind the winning team from the University of Wyoming (4,140 points), and finished ahead of nine other teams from Division I universities.

In the team event standings, ASU posted five top-five rankings, finishing first in Lamb Judging, third in Beef Grading, and fourth in Pork Judging, Placing and Overall Beef. ASU also finished sixth in Reasons, eighth in Beef Judging and ninth in Specifications.

Individually for ASU, Matthew Murdoch of Marion finished third out of 89 competitors with 1,044 points, just eight points behind winner Brandt Mortensen from the University of Wyoming (1,052 points). ASU’s Danielle Freeman of Ballinger placed fifth (1,038 points) and Katie Austin of Bronte finished 19th (1,020 points). Dalton Zipp of Marion, Bryce Patton of Silverton and Savina Robles of San Antonio also competed for ASU. Coaches are graduate students Michael Boenig of Marion and Lexus Weinheimer of Stonewall, as well as Dr. Kirk Braden of the ASU Agriculture Department faculty.

“This team is yet again another indication of the drive and spirit of students in our programs,” Braden said. “These individuals truly strive for distinction and have overcome great adversity as they continually work toward their goals. We expect even greater things from them moving forward in the contest season.”

Other teams at the Eastern National contest, in order of finish, were Colorado State University, Oklahoma State University, Texas A&M University, Kansas State University, University of Nebraska, University of Missouri, Michigan State University, University of Illinois and Ohio State University.

Last year, the ASU Meat Judging Team was named Reserve National Champion after finishing second at the AMSA International Contest. Next up for the team this year is the Cargill High Plains Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest in Friona on Nov. 2.

For more information, contact Braden at 325-486-6746.