Linn-Benton Community College’s Livestock Judging Team won two contests in two different state competitions on the same day, a first for the team.
The two simultaneous wins happened Saturday, Oct. 21, one at the Big Fresno Fair in Fresno, California and one at the Colorado State Ram Classic in Ft. Collins, Colorado.
In Fresno, four LBCC freshman and one sophomore, led by agriculture program faculty and team coach Clay Weber, took first place overall, and first place in the categories of beef, sheep, swine and reasons.
In Ft. Collins, eight sophomores, led by agriculture faculty member and team coach Rick Klampe, also took first place overall, and first place in beef, sheep and goats and swine.
In addition, the team had another historic win on October 14 when they defeated two university teams to win the Western Fall Classic held in Medford, Oregon, beating Fresno State and Chico State.
LBCC’s Livestock Judging team started in 1974, with 16-20 students participating each year. Coach Rick Klampe competed on the team as a student from 1979-81, winning first-place overall at the 1980 North American International Livestock Exposition. Klampe has coached the team since 1988, and Weber started coaching in 2001.
Photo, left to right: Auguste Curtis, Coach Rick Klampe, Cecily Coleman, Nathan Johnson, Bailey Samper, Madison Morgan, Brooke Hopfer, Shaelee Barnett, Emmitt White, Maddie Griffiths, Mikayla Duchi, Breanna King, Clark Jernstedt, Katie Duggan, Hailee Patterson, Kevin Snyder, Jared Wolf, Chris Ralston, Noa Taipin and Coach Clay Weber. Not pictured: Zach Wilson and Cole Anderson