The Red Raiders took two teams to the intercollegiate contest, which swept the competition with both champion and reserve champion placings. Eleven universities competed for the title. Texas Tech's black team finished first and posted a total score of 4,199 points. They were followed by the Red Raider's red team in second. Oklahoma State University, Texas A&M and Kansas State finished third through fifth, respectively. The team's coach Loni Woolley said that this year's team is extremely focused and each member strives to be the best on the team every single day.
"This team is extremely deep. We're 21 members deep, and that's the largest meat judging team in the history of meat judging," Woolley said. "The students have come from all over the United States. We have students anywhere from Texas and New Mexico all the way from Washington state, and they came here for the meat judging program. And I think that's just a really competitive spirit that they have, and they just want to beat the rest of their team, much less every other student from the other schools."
The Tech teams won the beef grading, beef judging, lamb judging, overall beef, specifications and placings divisions. Woolley said that the Houston win marks a perfect winning spring season for the Red Raiders, and contests will resume again next fall.
"We're undefeated for the spring," Woolley said. "They get the summer off. Some of them will compete in the meat science quiz bowl this summer. And then in the fall we'll start back up and our first contest will be in Wyalusing, Pennsylvania and we'll have four total contests in the fall, and then the last one is the international."
Individually, the Red Raiders dominated as well, securing eight out of ten high individual overall spots. Certainly a job well done to the TTU meat judging team.