Fort Hays State University's Tiger Livestock Judging Team recently returned from its most successful trip of the year so far, taking reserve champion at the Fort Worth Stock Show and placing sixth out of 12 teams at the Sioux Empire Stock Show.
In Fort Worth, the Tigers missed first to Texas A&M by only 23 points.
Kolby Burch, team coach and a program specialist with FHSU's Department of Agriculture, said the Fort Worth show is considered a "mid-major" contest. Seventeen universities competed, including Colorado State, which placed third, New Mexico State, fourth, Fresno State, fifth, and Louisiana State, sixth.
"We were easily the most consistent team in the contest," said Burch, pointing out that the Tigers took third in sheep, swine and horses and fourth in cattle and reasons.
The Tigers scored more than 4,600 total points for the first time in this new season, with a score of 4,604. The winner, Texas A&M, had 4,627.
In individual rankings, Kelsey Kennedy, Myrtle Point, OR, junior, took second overall and second in reasons. Matt Wolfe, Indianola, NE, senior, was fourth overall in the contest and eighth in reasons.
At the Sioux Empire show, Sioux Falls, SD, Evan Cooper, Burdett senior, led the team with a ninth-place overall finish. Wolfe had an eighth-place finish in reasons.