Fort Hays State University's livestock judging team won seventh place out of 31 teams and wrapped up it's season after competing at the National Livestock Judging Contest in Louisville, KY, from Nov. 10-17.
Matt Wolfe, Indianola, NE, senior, was one of 10 students to take All-American honors. He also led the team with a 12th-place finish and an eighth-place finish in reasons.
" The team showed a lot of character and perseverance over the past year and completed perhaps the most successful year in our judging history," said Kolby Burch, livestock judging coach.
The team placed seventh in oral reasons, seventh in cattle, eighth in swine, and ninth in sheep.
Other team members competing were Evan Cooper, Burdett senior; Kelsey Kennedy, Myrtle Point, OR, senior; Kiley McKinna, Redvers, Saskatchewan, Canada, senior; and Ashley Stull, Natoma senior.
The team competed at three other contests this fall.
At the Mid-America Classic in Wichita in September, the team finished in fifth-place overall. Individually, Cooper finished in fifth-place overall.
In October, the team also competed in the Purdue Boilermaker and Premier Stockman contests. Individual students performed well at both of those events, and the team placed seventh in oral reasons and fifth in swine evaluation at the American Royal Stock Show in Kansas City, MO.