Livestock judges from Fort Hays State University finished fifth overall out of the 25 universities in a judging contest recently in the Houston Astrodome.
"They had a nice finish in Houston and were able to accomplish most of their goals," said Kolby Burch, team coach and program specialist with FHSU's Department of Agriculture.
"The team judged in the Astrodome and those that have been there know how amazingly large it is from the inside. It made for a great judging spectacle," said Burch, adding, "apparently the team didn't spend the entire day staring up at the roof in awe because they held their own."
Within each respective division, the team was second in sheep judging, fourth in placings, seventh in reasons and hogs and eighth in cattle.
Colorado State took home the championship and Texas A&M was second. This was A&M's first defeat at this contest since 2000, said Burch.
Oklahoma State, he said, proved it is a tough team by following a Denver win with a third-place finish. Iowa State came in fourth and the Tigers, in fifth, were just ahead of Kansas State, New Mexico State, Fresno State, the University of Wyoming and Michigan State.
Individually Kiley McKinna, Redvers, Saskatchewan, junior, led the squad with a fifth-place overall finish and Matt Wolfe, Indianola, NE, senior, showed his consistency with another solid finish -- seventh -- overall, said Burch. Kelsey Kennedy, Myrtle Point, OR, junior, Evan Cooper, Burdett senior, and Ashley Stull, Natoma senior, each had strong contributions and helped the team cause, he said.