Rarely do university teams stretch their travels from Denver to South Dakota to Texas in a two-week span, but for the Fort Hays State University Livestock Judging Team, these long road trips are just a part of life.
The FHSU Livestock Judging Team returned from the 100th National Western Stock Show Collegiate Livestock Judging Contest in Denver, CO, on Friday, Jan. 13, placing 11th out of the 25 competing universities.
"Denver is our second-most prestigious contest," said Kolby Burch, livestock judging coach and program specialist.
"Considering the fact that the Tigers are not nearly as experienced as many of the other university teams, this was a great finish," said Burch. All eight of the team members are in their first year with the judging team.
FHSU sophomore Brian Lockman, Kersey, CO, led the team individually with an eighth-place overall finish.
"Brian had an impressive day and beat some tough competition," said Burch.
The team left Thursday, Jan. 26, for the Sioux Empire Farm Show in Sioux Falls, SD, and returned Sunday, Jan. 29. They departed the very next day for the Fort Worth Stock Show and will return Saturday, Feb. 4.
Students competing and contributing to the team's success in the Denver livestock judging contest are listed by hometown.
Calhan, CO: Roy Webb, freshman.
Dighton: Lacey Shapland, sophomore.
Kersey, CO: Brian Lockman, sophomore.
Niwot, CO: Nick Noterman, junior.
Onaga: Alex Miller, junior.
Red Lodge, MT: Craig Boggio, junior.
Syracuse: Katie Dinkel, junior.
West Point, NE: Blake Denton, junior.