UW meat judging team has record-breaking spring
The University of Wyoming meat judging team broke its placings record and a member topped a reasons record she had set only one week earlier during spring competition.
Team members consistently hovered near record scores.
“The individuals that comprise the team were great representatives of the University of Wyoming,” says coach Zeb Gray. “They sacrificed, worked hard, competed with success and exhibited the character of champions.”
Team members were Jaris Baker, Minnies Gap; Katie Ferree, Thermopolis; McKensie Harris, Laramie; Lara Allnutt, Walden, Colo.; Frankie Domenico, Denver; Emilee Brinton, Newnan, Ga.; Austin Buzanowski, Pompey’s Pillar, Mont.; and Chris Block, Gothenburg, Neb.
Competitions and placings were as follows:
January—National Western Stock Show, team fifth. The team won placings and lamb judging, which had not been done by a Wyoming team in almost 15 years, Gray said. Brinton was high individual in both divisions with teammate Block earning second in lamb judging and fourth in placings. Harris finished second in pork judging, fourth in beef judging and fifth in reasons.
January—Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, team sixth. The team broke the Wyoming team placings record with Allnutt posting the second-highest individual placing score in team history. The team posted the second-highest pork judging score in its history and Harris earned the third-highest individual score in team history. Domenico posted the sixth-highest individual total score by a Wyoming judger, Gray said.
February—Iowa State Invitational Contest, team fourth. Buzanowski led the team winning high individual honors in beef judging and overall beef. The team finished second in reasons with the third-highest score in Wyoming history. Harris led the team in this category posting the second-highest reasons score in team history.
March—Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Contest, team 10th. The team was recognized for its second-place finish in lamb judging with Allnutt, Domenico and Harris tied for eighth out of more than 100 contestants. Harris again finished second in reasons while breaking her week-old Wyoming record.