Fort Hays State University livestock judgers battled colds and flu but came away from the Houston Livestock Show, their last competition of the spring, with an 11th-place finish out of the 22 teams competing.
" The team showed excellent signs of progress based on the fact that there was some consistency in our placings," said Kolby Burch, livestock judging coach.
Sean Gleason, Holdrege, NE, junior, led the Tigers with a score of 929 and a 21st-place overall finish. He was also the fourth high individual in cattle as well.
" Sean has never competitively judged livestock before," said Burch, "but with his talent and desire to be good at judging he will continue to climb the ladder to success."
Mandy Johnston, Blair, NE, junior, had her best judging day yet with a score of 924 and a 29th overall finish, said Burch.
" Mandy has had the ability to place livestock well since she arrived at FHSU, and she has made great strides from an oral reasons presentation standpoint," said Burch.
Lance Manker, Indianola, NE, had a good day in cattle judging, finishing sixth. He scored a 918 and 40th place overall. Cody Bobinmyer, Culbertson, NE, sophomore, won at Fort Worth but couldn't repeat that at Houston, even though he had a solid day, scoring a 915 and placing 47th overall. Codi Watson, Barnard junior, "is still a little green at this point, but she managed to score an 881 and ended up 97th overall in the contest," said Burch. There were 120 total contestants.