Texas Tech livestock judging team wins again in Houston
Texas Tech University’s livestock judging team, which includes Kody Lucherk of Poth, brought home its second win of the spring on March 16 at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, according to a March 22 Texas Tech press release.
Texas Tech won the cattle, placing, and reasons divisions. Overall, they outdistanced their nearest competitor, Texas A&M University, by 16 points. Western Illinois, Purdue, and Iowa State University finished out the top five teams overall.
Texas Tech boasted three of the top-10 individuals. Lucherk, a junior from Poth, was high-individual overall. Other team members included Brady Ragland and Jordan Clem, who placed fourth-high and seventh-high individual, respectively.
In the alternate division, Texas Tech also boasted three of the top-ten individuals. Tanner Kieschnick placed second-high; Clayton Gardner, fourth-high; and Nathan Pond, fifth-high.
Additional team members included Clay Burson, Brandi Capps, Katie Rose McCullough, Clay Morrison, Logan Pritchett, Nathan Reeves, Joel Riedel, Markus Miller, Trevor White, and Loni Woolley.
“I’m very proud of the hard work the team has put forth this spring,” said team Coach Ryan Rathmann, an assistant professor in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences. “This is a very talented group, and I’m excited to continue working with them this fall.”
In addition to Rathmann, the team is coached by graduate student Bryan Bernhard.
The team will continue their season next fall at competitions across the United States, including Kansas City, Mo., and Louisville, Ky.