Building a dynasty: Tech meat judging team wins another title

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Updated: 12/05/2013 4:48 pm

Competitive, family and champion.

Those are just a few ways that members of the 2011, 2012 and 2013 National Champion Texas Tech Meat Judging teams described their respective team.

And this current streak they are on right now started with the 2011 team.

"At the time it was a cool feeling, because I mean we just came off a National Championship loss in 2010 and it was good to bring that back to Texas Tech," 2011 team member Drew Cashman said. "And knowing it started a string, it's a good feeling to know that we could win three in a row and that we're the second team in history to do that."

So what is the moment like when you know you've secured the National Championship and kept the streak alive?

"It's just an awesome feeling knowing that I am the coach of the National Champion Meat Judging team," 2013 coach Loni Woolley said. "It's something I didn't get to do when I judged, we won every single contest and then we got second at the national contest. So it's just an overwhelming feeling of satisfaction and relief now that it's all over and we finally won the National Championship and completed the three-peat."

"Well it was both bittersweet and the greatest moment of my life," 2013 team member Austin Langemeier said. "It was one of those things where I realized I was done, that this great experience that I've had it was finished. And at the same time it was the realization that all the time and effort that we have put in through this contest and through meats judging as a team has finally paid off."

"Being a National Champion is a hard thing to do," 2013 team member Christy Woerner said. "And to have done it and be a part of this legacy is just, it's humbling and it's amazing and we're so glad to be a part of the National Champion family here at Tech."

With the three-peat completed it marks the first time since 1962, 63 and 64 that a team has won three consecutive titles.

Oklahoma State was the school to complete that feat, and now to accomplish this at Tech has sent a message to the rest of the country. 

"It just goes to show that Texas Tech is here to stay I feel," 2012 team member Heather Rhode said. "And the meat judging program, we're going to just dive off, that it's not by chance, that it's not by luck."

So after spending countless hours working and perfecting their skills in meat judging, going from contest to contest and eventually winning a National Championship.

What do members of previous teams take away from their experience.

"Really out of all of it, the thing that you get the most is the comradery with your team," 2011 team member Mandy-Jo Laurent said. "Those three teams I was on, those team members are some of my very best friends from my four years as a collegiate judge. And so those things and those memories that we took from the four years that we were judging are the most important thing to me."

"I think it's unbelievable and life changing," 2012 team member Tanner Adams said. "It's definitely helped my college experience be a lot better than I could ever imagine and I learned teamwork, leadership and responsibilities that I didn't think I could ever imagine having, and the hard work and dedication it takes each and every time. So I think going into a career that's what's going to help me the most is bringing that responsibility and hard work to the work place."

So now the challenge is on to return to center stage in 2014 and try to bring home yet another National Championship and do something that has never been done in history - a four-peat.

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