Fort Hays State University livestock judgers recently finished their spring season at the Grand National Stock Show in San Francisco's Cow Palace. It was the team's first trip to the San Franscisco Bay area and proved to be successful.
FHSU took home champion honors in the beef judging division, was second in sheep, second in reasons and third in swine. Overall, the team placed third in the five-team field. Oregon State University won the contest.
Individually, Nick Noterman, Niwot, CO, junior, tied for first and went to a tie-breaker (which is done through reasons), placing second overall. Noterman was also first in cattle, third in sheep and third in reasons.
"Craig Boggio did well, placing fifth in sheep, eighth in reasons and ninth overall," said Kolby Burch, livestock judging coach and program specialist. Boggio is a junior from Red Lodge, MT.
The team took in the sights of San Francisco after the contest, touring the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Angel Island, the Wharf and China Town.
Other Tigers contributing to a good showing in San Francisco were Roy Webb, Ellicot, CO, sophomore; Alex Miller, Onaga junior; Lacey Shapland, Dighton sophomore; and Blake Denton, West Point, NE, junior.
This was the team's last contest for the spring season, and the fall season will kick off in September.