Christy Woerner on Texas Tech champion meat judging team

WINNING an armload of awards at the American Meat Science Association’s International Meat Judging Contest in Dakota City, Neb., on Nov. 17 was Christy Woerner of Fredericksburg. Woerner was a member of the Texas Tech University Meats Judging team that captured the national championship at the competition.

Texas Tech University students, including Christy Woerner of Fredericksburg, earned the school’s 11th national championship in meat judging on Nov. 17 at the American Meat Science Association’s International Meat Judging Contest in Dakota City, Neb.

Woerner was the first high individual at the contest and was named a First Team All-American Team member.

Members of the All-American Team are selected based upon scholastic achievement and competition performance.

This is the third consecutive year that Texas Tech has won the title, making it only the second university in history of intercollegiate meat judging to accomplish the feat, according to the university.

The team won the lamb judging, pork judging, specifications and reasons division. The students finish second in placings and beef grading.

“We are very proud of the efforts of these young men and women and their representation of our university on a national stage,” said M. Duane Nellis, president of Texas Tech. “The meat judging program has a successful and storied history and continues to be the benchmark nationally for other programs.”

He added, “A tremendous amount of praise and gratitude goes to Coaches Mark Miller and Loni Woolley and to the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources for its dedication and commitment to our students.”

“This is a very special group of students who have worked hard this year,” said Mark Miller, professor and San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo Distinguished Chair in Meat Science. “They courageously came back from a loss at the Eastern National and the American Royal contests and committed themselves to work hard as a team to win decisively at the International.”

The team was coached by Woolley, who is a graduate student, along with Miller.

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