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Range Management Team Wins TSSRM Contest

October 17, 2016

Angelo State University’s Undergraduate Range Management Exam Team won both the team and individual titles at the Texas Section Society for Range Management’s (TSSRM) third annual Undergraduate Range Management Examination competition earlier this month in Uvalde.

The ASU team took first place with 308 points, edging out the team from Texas A&M University (301 points). Individually for ASU, Jacob Reicheneker of Tuscola took first place with 115 out of a possible 150 points after tying for first at last year’s contest. ASU’s Caitlyn Cagle of Priddy placed third with 102 points, Tychucus Smith of Lufkin finished eighth and Jake Nanny of San Angelo placed ninth. 

This marked the first time ASU has had two individual score higher than 100 points, and each of ASU’s individual scores would have won the 2015 competition.  

The competition was conducted during the TSSRM Annual Meeting in Uvalde. It consisted of a timed exam with 48 questions and problems in six categories: range ecology, grazing management, range improvement, range regions, range inventory and analysis, and multiple-use relationships. The exam questions were selected from material submitted by university faculty, industry and government agency personnel, non-governmental organizations and ranchers. The three highest individual scores from each team were added together to calculate their overall team score. 

The ASU team is coached by graduate students Kye Burris and Chris Miller, who were both members of ASU’s inaugural URME Team that won the TSSRM competition in 2014.