DENVER – Texas Tech University’s wool, meat and livestock judging teams recently competed at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, where they boasted a first place and three second place team finishes.

“I am extremely proud of the consistency we have developed in our judging program here at Tech,” said Mark Miller, co-coach of the meat judging team and the San Antonio Livestock Show Distinguished Chair in Meat Science. “Each team is working hard to achieve excellence in their respective contests.”

The National Western Stock Show began in 1906 and is one of the nation’s oldest and largest shows with a prestigious history of judging contests.

The Wool Judging Team was awarded champion honors and narrowly defeated the competition by one point to win the wool judging competition in Denver for only the second time since 1986. Texas Tech’s other team finished fourth in the competition.

Individually, Texas Tech had four members finish in the top 10. Brittany Thompson, a freshman from Allen, was sixth; Tanner Adams, a freshman from Sanger, was eighth; Steven Ebeling, a freshman from Plainview, was ninth; and Whitney Keith, a freshman from Giddings, was 10th.

Additional team members include Roy Crownover, a freshman from Italy; Amy Gulick, a freshman from Lubbock; Bo Hutto, a freshman from Hondo; Trevor King, a freshman from Winnsboro; Valerie Manning, a freshman from Mabank; Dallas Marley, a freshman from Plainview; Laura Kate Reeves, a freshman from Staunton, Va.; Heather Rode, a freshman from Doss; and Tanner Martin, a freshman from Roscoe.

The team is coached by graduate student Aaron Jennings and undergraduate Craig Leonard.

They will also compete at both the San Antonio Stock Show and the Houston Livestock Show this spring.