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February 2005

Release Date: February 1, 2005

Wool Judging Team Finishes Third in Denver's National Western

Angelo State University's wool judging team finished third in a close contest in Denver last month that drew representatives from the top agricultural programs in the nation.

Only six points separated the top three teams at the National Western Wool Judging Contest on Jan. 14, with New Mexico State University and Texas A&M University finishing just ahead of ASU's team in commercial wool judging.

In most years, one team is a clear winner, said Dr. Micheal Salisbury, the team's coach and an Angelo State assistant professor of animal science. He said it was unusual for the top teams to be so close, but not out of the ordinary for ASU's team to be among the best.

"We're always within the top three or four," he said. "We've probably won (the competition) as much as anyone else."

ASU's team finished fourth in the competition last year.

Members of the eight-member team garnered their share of individual awards as well. Casey Mund, a junior animal science major from Wall, tied for first place in grading in the commercial wool judging competition. Mund was given 15 fleeces to grade on a variety of levels.

Ericka Neal, a freshman animal science major from Smyer, took top honors in the placings category in the commercial wool judging. She judged six classes of four different fleeces, placing them in order of quality.

Angelo State finished fourth in the nation in the Hand Spinning Wool Judging competition. Brandon Halfmann, a freshman from Frisco, won first-place in the individual competition.

Quisto Settle, a freshman animal science major from Del Rio; Lacy Estes, a freshman business major from Lamesa; Randi Whitlock, a freshman animal science major from Bandera; Hanna Allison, a freshman animal science major from Sonora; and Blake Hinckley, a junior animal science major from Mason, are also on the wool judging team. Joe Self and Raelye Taylor also coach the team.

The teams competed against 14 other schools, including Texas A&M, Texas Tech University, Kansas State University, Colorado State University, University of Wyoming, South Dakota State University and New Mexico State.