We received the scores this morning and I'm utterly delighted to tell you that the UMN Soil Judging team won the overall contest!!! The scores were:
Overall Results1st place, University of Minnesota, 1917 points
2nd place, Iowa State University, 1914 points
3rd place, Kansas State University, 1864 points
4th place, South Dakota State University, 1814 points
5th place, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, 1772 points
The Region V traveling trophy will be coming back to Minnesota! Congratulations, Team, you were fantastic!
Photo 1. Team Captain, Rusty Zimmerman, proudly holds the Region V Traveling Trophy for the Overall Competition Winner. Great job, Team!!
UMN Placed 3rd in group judging in one of the tightest competitions in years. The first three places were separated by a single point! The scores were:
Group Judging Results1st place, South Dakota State University, 668 points
2nd place, Iowa State University, 667 points (won tiebreaker)
3rd place, University of Minnesota, 667 points
4th place, Kansas State University, 637 points
5th place, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, 623 points
Individual Judging ResultsThe individual scores were also very good for the team, with two individuals placing in the top ten. Sondra Larson collected the 5th place award and Andrea Williams came in 6th.
Three teams (SDSU, ISU, and UMN) will go to the 2015-2016 National Soil Judging Competition, to be held in Manhattan, Kansas, this coming spring.
I give my heartiest congratulations to the team - they were a REAL TEAM, with great spirit, collaboration, and camaraderie. It has been a great experience working with them and I look forward to more experiences with them as they prepare for the upcoming national contest.
I will post additional photos and information in the next couple of days, but wanted to share the great news now!!