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Fletcher wins top individual at national contest


Fletcher wins top individual at national contest
TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY — Tommy Fletcher (fifth from left on back row) is top overall winner of the Jan. 17 American Meat Science Association National Western Collegiate Meat Judging Contest in Greeley, Colo.


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Tommy Fletcher, a sophomore at Texas Tech University, is a member of the university’s meat judging team, which won the Jan. 17 American Meat Science Association National Western Collegiate Meat Judging Contest in Greeley, Colo. Fletcher (fifth from left on back row) finished as the top overall winner with 1,068 points. He took first place in beef grading (268 points), overall beef (553), and specifications (100). Fletcher also finished sixth in beef judging and reasons, while taking 10th in total placing. The meat judging team is coached by professor Mark Miller and assisted by instructor Loni Lucherk and graduate assistants Nick Hardcastle and Mallorie Phelps. The Texas Tech team, from the Department of Animal and Food Sciences in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, outpaced Colorado State University with 4,198 points. Oklahoma State University won third place; Texas A&M University, fourth; and the University of Missouri, fifth. Fletcher, the son of Tom and Sue Fletcher of La Vernia, is a graduate of East Central High School.

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