ASU Agriculture Department’s Wool Judging Team takes home national championship
The ASU Agriculture Department’s student Wool Judging Team was awarded the 2019 Collegiate National Championship at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Collegiate Wool Judging Contest earlier this month. This is the second national championship for ASU in the last three years.
Teams from Texas A&M University, the University of Wyoming, and Texas Tech were among many other schools competing in the Wool Judging Contest and ASU claimed the championship with two points over second-place Texas A&M.
ASU team members who competed in Houston were:
- Clayton Addison of Weatherford
- Hannah Collins of Cypress
- Haley Gifford of La Vernia
- Jordan Schroeder of Boerne
- Trevor Schwartz of San Angelo
- (James) Stran Stultz of Mason
- Hannah Thompson of Kerrville
- Cassie Weishuhn of Eola
ASU also claimed three of the eight Academic All-American honors that are awarded each year – with Collins, Gifford and Schwartz earning 2019 All-America status for ASU.
Individually for ASU in Houston, Gifford tied for second overall with 706 points, just one point behind the contest winner from Texas A&M. Collins (700 points) finished sixth and Thompson (697) finished eighth.
In the team categories, ASU finished first and second in Placing & Reasons – and finished third and fourth in Grading. In the individual categories, Gifford took first place in Placing & Reasons, with Schroeder (9th) also finishing in the top 10. Collins (6th), Gifford (t-8th) and Thompson (t-8th) finished in the top 10 in Grading.
The win in Houston also gave ASU three wins in the four contests that made up the 2018-19 season. ASU also took first place at the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo Contest in February and the Texas Invitational Collegiate Wool Contest last November.
The ASU Wool Judging Team is coached by Dr. Will Dickison, associate professor of agriculture, along with student coaches Matthew Salisbury and Tate Schwartz of San Angelo and Dyson Gallien of Saint Hedwig.