University of Wyoming’s Meat Judging Team brings home Eastern National win |

University of Wyoming’s Meat Judging Team brings home Eastern National win

From left, coach Zeb Gray, Emilee Brinton, McKensie Harris, Jaris Baker, Lara Allnutt, Austin Buzanowski. Courtesy photo

University of Wyoming’s Meat Judging Team brought home a win Oct. 5 in Wyalusing, Penn. at the Eastern National Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest.

The Eastern National is the first contest win for a UW team since 2000.

This year’s contest was the largest ever with 110 competitors from 16 land-grant universities. UW team members are Jaris Baker, Minnies Gap, McKensie Harris, Laramie, Emilee Brinton, Newnan, Ga., Lara Allnutt, Walden, Co., and Austin Buzanowski, Pompey’s Pillar, Mont. and coach Zeb Gray.

The team broke the UW specifications record by placing second, and also placed second in beef grading and overall beef, third in reasons, fourth in beef judging and fifth in pork judging. Although the UW team did not win a single division, they finished ahead of the second place team by 18 points.

“It’s rare for a team to win a contest without winning a single division, but to win by that margin makes it even more impressive,” stated Gray. “We put ourselves in a position to win because we were consistent across all divisions.”

Brinton led the team with the second-highest individual score while winning high individual honors in beef grading and receiving second in overall beef. Allnutt was right behind her with the sixth highest individual score and placing third in specifications. Harris tied for first in specifications with a perfect score, and Buzanowski received tenth place honors in specifications.

“I’m thrilled for the students on the team. It takes a tremendous amount of dedication and sacrifice just to compete on the team and nothing is guaranteed,” said Gray. “But to win, that was so exciting and I’m sure they’ll remember it forever.”

For further information or questions about the University of Wyoming Meat Judging Team, please contact Gray at

–UW Extension