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Soil judging team qualifies for national competition

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             KINGSVILLE (October 26, 2018) — The Texas A&M University-Kingsville soil judging team qualified for the national competition in 2019 with a stellar finish at the Southern Region Soil Judging Competition held this week in Stillwater, Oklahoma.


             The team placed third overall behind University of Arkansas and Texas Tech and ahead of fourth place Texas A&M University. The three-member team placed third based on their first place win in the team contest and the individual rankings of the members.


            The team is composed of undergraduates Jonah Trevino from La Feria; Scott Cardenas from Floresville; and Juan Cortinas from Houston. In individual rankings, Trevino placed 10th; Cortinas placed 15th and Cardines placed 18th.


            The Texas A&M-Kingsville team also topped a team consisting of members of Hispanic-Serving Institutions, University of Texas at El Paso, University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez and Florida International University. One of those team members, Elizabeth Herrera from University of Texas at El Paso, placed fifth in her first ever competition in a soil pit.


            The three universities are all part of a Hispanic-Serving Institution grant that also includes Texas A&M-Kingsville.


            The soil judging teams were coached by three soil scientists from the USDA-NRCS including Carlos Villarreal, John Sackett and Alan Stahnke.



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