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ASU Meat Judging Team in Top 3

October 22, 2013

Angelo State University’s Meat Judging Team finished third out of 17 teams and produced the top-scoring individual contestant at the 2013 American Royal Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest on Oct. 20 in Omaha, Neb.

One of only two teams not from a Division I university, the ASU team scored 3,984 points to finish behind only Texas A&M University (4,038 points) and Texas Tech University (4,020) in the overall standings.  ASU junior Clay Kelley of Ballinger was the high scoring individual with 1,038 points, finishing ahead of Sara Bronkema of Michigan State University (1,021), Kassandra Ognoskie of Texas Tech (1,016) and more than 60 other competitors.

In the team event standings, ASU posted seven top-five rankings, finishing second in Placings; third in Beef Grading, Pork Judging, Specifications and Reasons; and fifth in Lamb Judging and Overall Beef.  ASU also finished sixth in Beef Grading.

Individually, Kelley finished first in Overall Beef and Reasons, tied for first in Pork Judging and Beef Judging, second in Beef Grading and ninth in Beef Judging.

Other teams competing were from Colorado State University, Oklahoma State University, South Dakota State University, Michigan State, Kansas State University, University of Wyoming, University of Illinois, University of Missouri, Iowa State University, Ohio State University, North Dakota State University, University of Kentucky, West Texas A&M University and University of Nebraska.          

Other members of the ASU Meat Judging Team are Ty Crooks of Grape Creek, Sondra Lohse of San Marcos, Clayton Meyerhoff of Linn, Kan., and Derrick Thivierge of Marion.  They are coached  by graduate student Troy Tarpley of Fort Stockton.

Next up for the team is the Cargill Meat Solutions Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest on Nov. 3 in Friona.