UW Meat Judging team finishes season with reserve national champion honor
University of Wyoming Meat Judging Team members broke team records and posted a perfect score in specifications en route to its reserve national champion meat judging team honor to finish the fall season.
The finish came at the International Intercollegiate Meat Judging contest Nov. 15 in Dakota City, Neb.
Wyoming also had three team members selected to the eight-member All-American team, said coach Zeb Gray, who is assisted in coaching by student John Lacey of Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Texas Tech won the competition. The UW team posted the fifth-highest team score ever, which makes the 2015 team hold three of the top five Wyoming team scores, said Gray.
The team lost a tiebreaker to finish second in specifications. UW also earned second in beef judging and placings. The team was third in lamb judging and fourth in pork judging and reasons.
Three team members were in the individual top 10. Eli Lindsey of Taylorstown, Va., finished third and won beef judging and was second in beef. Beth Lenz, Wray, Colo., was sixth overall and second in pork judging and placings and fifth in lamb judging. BW Ochsner of Torrington finished eighth and was second in lamb judging and third in reasons with a score that broke the Wyoming reasons score, said Gray.
McKenna Brinton of Jackson finished fifteenth and was eighth in overall beef. Erin Hansen of Laramie was ninth-high individual in the alternate contest.
Eight team members posted perfect specification scores: Brinton, Taryn Chapman, Cañon City, Colo., Cole Foreman, San Jose, Calif., Jessie Gunning, Tolleson, Ariz., Hansen, Lenz, Lindsey and Ochsner.
Ochsner, Lindsey and Lenz were named to the eight-member All-American team. Wyoming has only had two previous All-Americans, said Gray.
The team had notched another reserve champion and two fourth places earlier this season with team members setting team records and winning divisions.
The previous reserve champion performance came at the American Royal contest in September. Ochsner led the team finishing as the second-high individual while winning two divisions, said Gray.
Brinton was the seventh overall and won the beef grading division. Hansen was fourth in lamb judging. Lenz was fourth in placings and fifth in specifications. The team score was the seventh highest posted by a Wyoming team.
The team finished fourth at the Eastern National contest Oct. 3 in Wyalusing, Pa., and at the Cargill High Plains competition Nov. 1-2 in Friona, Texas. Team members posted the third-highest total team score and broke its beef grading record at the High Plains contest, said Gray.
The team was led by Brinton, who finished second overall with a score that was the third highest in Wyoming history, noted Gray. The team also had three individuals finish in the top 10 in the alternates division: Lindsey, third; Chapman, fourth; and Foreman, seventh.
Team members also included McKenzie Hatch, Kersey, Colo.
Chapman broke the team individual beef grading record, and Brinton and Lindsey both had perfect specification scores, said Gray.
For more information, contact Gray at 307-766-5115 or firstname.lastname@example.org.