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OSU Squad Repeats as National Champion in 2015 Meat Animal Evaluation Contest

Fri, 03 Apr 2015 03:34:39 CDT

Oklahoma State University claimed the National Championship at the 2015 Meat Animal Evaluation Contest held in Stillwater, OK on March 31, 2015.

The OSU team also won the Market Animal Division, Meat Division, Cattle Division, Swine Division, Sheep Division and Communication Division. Additionally, the team placed 4th in the Breeding Animal Division.

OSU's total team score and their market animal division score were the all-time record high ever recorded in the 51 year history of the contest. This is the second year in a row and the third time in five years that the OSU Meat Evaluation Judging Team has claimed the national championship. The Meat Animal Evaluation Team is one of five teams that represent Oklahoma State's Animal Science Department- and according to the OSU Animal Science website, "Our department has more national judging championships than any other university, including the reigning National Champion Livestock Judging Team, reigning National Champion Meat Judging Team, and the reigning World Champion Horse Judging Team."

At the 2015 Meat Animal Evaluation contest- Blythe Graham (Crossville, TN) was the high individual overall, setting a new individual record score. She also set the record score for the market division, and was 5th in the swine, sheep and cattle divisions as well as 7th in the breeding division.

Audrey Zoeller (Boerne, TX) won the meats and cattle division.

Samantha Anthony (Taneytown, MD) was 5th high individual overall, 6th in the market division, and 3rd in the sheep division.

Elizabeth Nixon (Rapidan, VA) was 6th overall and 6th in the market division.

Matt Walta (Kingfisher, OK) was 9th overall, 2nd in the market division, and 3rd in the swine division.

Ethan Propp (Adair, OK) was 2nd in the beef division, 7th in the meats division, and 10th in the market division.

Kyndal Reitzenstein (Kersey, CO) was 6th in the breeding division and 9th in the market division.

Dyson Runyon (Madill, OK) was 2nd in the cattle division and 4th in the market division.

Jessie Heidlage (Claremore, OK) was 3rd in the market division and 2nd in the sheep division.

Wes Griffin (Tuttle, OK) was 7th in the market division.

Chance Billups (Colcord, OK) was 2nd in the meats division.

Macy Griswold (Perkins, OK) was 4th in the meats division.

Kaylee Price (Allen, TX) was 5th in the meats division.

Other team members include: Ricky Burns (Flora, IN); Trent Ray (Abingdon, IL); and Lindsey Tasos (Madera, CA).

The team is coached by Drs. Blake Bloomberg and Gretchen Mafi. Assistant coaches are Morgan Neilson, Taylor Graham and Kelly Vierck.   


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