Although a spot in the top three teams would have been nice, we would have had to forfeit a spot at the National competition anyway, as 6 of our 8 judgers are graduating in December! We congratulate them on their accomplishments and wish them well as they start their careers.
The team also extends deep gratitude to Iowa State for organizing the competition, particularly Amber Anderson-Mba and Dr. Lee Burras.
As some final thoughts from a coach - this team was particularly closely knit, and provided a warm welcome for Ms. Gladness Brush, our special guest from Tanzania. The time that was spent together exploring the soils and landscapes of Iowa will not be forgotten.
The University of Minnesota will be hosting the Regional Contest in 2015. See you in the pits!
|2014 University of Minnesota Soil Judging Team|
(L-R): Nic Jelinski (Coach), Muhamed Ibrahim, Katie Ring, Mike Waldvogel,
Jessica Beske, Jeff Tanaka (Captain), Kat LaBine, Rusty Zimmerman,
Gladness Brush (Assistant Coach), Kalei Holt.