Poth native places ninth in national competition
COURTESY PHOTO/North American International Livestock Exposition
Members of the Texas Tech University Livestock Judging Team are among the All American Livestock Judging Team, named during the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky., in November. Poth native Kody Lucherk is seated, second from right.
Texas Tech University earns National Collegiate Livestock Judging title
Fifteen seniors from Texas Tech University’s livestock judging team accomplished what only six Texas Tech livestock judging teams have done before -- win the National Collegiate Livestock Judging Contest. Among the seniors on the team is Kody Lucherk of Poth, who placed ninth-high individual at the contest held Nov. 14-15, during the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky.
Kody, a 2008 graduate of Poth High School, is the son of Timothy and Karen Lucherk. Kody is no stranger to the show ring. At the age of 8 in his first year of competition in Fort Worth, Kody showed a cow-calf pair and walked away with the National Junior Brangus owned-heifer show title and has racked up many showmanship and judging titles since.
Other Red Raiders who placed individually include Brady Ragland, high-individual overall; Jordan Clem, fifth-overall; and Brandi Capps, eighth-overall.
According to a Texas Tech University--College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources press release, Ryan Rathmann, Texas Tech assistant professor and the team’s coach, was named “Coach of the Year.” Graduate student Bryan Bernhard and Assistant Coach Josh Cribbs also coached the Texas Tech team.
This win followed the Sept. 13 National Barrow Show national title in Minnesota. Other wins, according to the press release, include the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, the Tulsa State Fair, the State Fair of Texas, and the American Royal. “They are only the 11th team in the history of livestock judging to win both the American Royal and the International,” the release states.
Winning the national title is no easy task, since the contest consists of five classes of beef cattle, four classes of swine, and three classes of sheep. For Kody as he competed individually with the Red Raiders team, tiebreakers were needed to determine the winner.
In the high-individual overall category, Kody competed against Cashly Ahlerg of the University of Nebraska in a tiebreaker to earn ninth-place overall.
A tiebreaker was used again in the high individual reasons category, when Kody competed in a three-way tie against Ty White from Oklahoma State University (eighth place) and Mike Helle of Texas A&M University (10th place).
In team competition, two tiebreakers determined the winners in the High Team Overall Performance Sheep division. A three-way tie had the University of Illinois, Texas Tech University, and the Texas A&M University battling it out for first place. The University of Illinois broke away in the first tiebreaker to earn first, while the other two again battled it out for second and third placings. Texas Tech University was successful to win the second tiebreaker, earning second place.
For a complete listing of Texas Tech University’s team placing, see “Red Raiders team placings.”
Texas Tech University’s livestock judging team earned the following honors during the 106th National Collegiate Livestock Judging Contest held Nov. 14-15 in Louisville, Ky.
•High Team Reasons -- first
•High Team Reasons Beef -- first
•High Team Reasons Swine -- first
•High Team Reasons Sheep -- third
•High Team Overall -- first
•High Team Overall Beef -- second
•High Team Overall Swine -- first
•High Team Overall Sheep -- third
•High Team Overall, Overall Performance -- second
•High Team Overall Performance Swine -- first
•High Team Overall Performance Sheep -- second.