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Release Date: October 19, 2006

ASU Meat Judging Team Makes Top 5 Finish

Members of Angelo State University's Meat Judging Team showed once again that they can compete with the "big boys" with another impressive showing at the American Royal Intercollegiate Meats Judging Contest Saturday, Oct. 14, in Emporia, Kan.

Competing against 13 Division I universities, ASU placed fourth overall with 4,043 points, just 54 points behind top finisher Texas A&M. The team performance included a first place finish in beef grading, second in pork judging, fourth in total placings, sixth in lamb judging and seventh in specifications.

Individually, ASU's Randi Whitlock placed third in beef grading, fourth in lamb judging and ninth overall. Matthew Menchaca of ASU finished seventh overall in the field of more than 80 competitors.

"The team returned from the Eastern National contest (Sept. 30) committed to improving and that is exactly what they accomplished," said Dr. Kirk Braden, assistant professor of animal science and team advisor. "Our students are quickly establishing a presence and name for ASU amongst intercollegiate meat judging and meat sciences programs across the nation."

The contest was the second of four fall season competitions the team will take part in this year. Other universities competing were Texas Tech, Colorado State, Ohio State, Wyoming, South Dakota State, Iowa State, Nebraska, Illinois, North Dakota State, Kansas State, Missouri and Oklahoma State.

Next up for the team is the Cargill Meat Solutions High Plains Meats Judging Contest Oct. 29 in Plainview.

The team continues to set and achieve their weekly goals for each competition," said Braden. "We look forward to advancing our total contest rankings at next week's High Plains contest."