Thirteen was not an unlucky number for Texas Tech’s meat judging team, as they claimed their 13th national championship at the American Meat Science Association International Meat Judging Contest on Sunday in Dakota City, Neb.
This is Tech’s third national championship in the last five years, and the fifth in this decade, including championships in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015. It is the seventh title in the last 10 years.
Tech’s score in the contest was 4,185, which was higher than Kansas State’s 4,134, Colorado State’s 4,116, Oklahoma State’s 4,109 and Texas A&M’s 4,018. Angelo State University, a member of the Texas Tech University System, was 10th with 3,774 points.
Texas Tech had the top two individual finishers in the competition, Maddy Ainsley and April Molitor. Ainsley finished with 1,054 points, while Molitor finished with 1,049 points. Teammate Kaylee Martin finished in fourth with 1,044 points.
“The Meat Judging Team was able to achieve perfection because they humbled themselves and trusted God and not themselves,” said Mark Miller, coach of the Meat Judging Team, in a news release from Tech. “They had great faith in him to deliver the victories. All of the glory goes to their faith and trust in God for this impossible perfect national championship season.”
Instructor Loni Lucherk also serves as a coach for the team, with assistance from graduate students Nick Hardcastle, Erin Beyer and Clay Bendele.
“Congratulations to Dr. Miller and our students on winning the national championship,” said Lawrence Schovanec, Texas Tech president. “Our meat judging program has been the national standard for many years and the students continue to represent Texas Tech University well at the highest level.”