Goliad County 4-H members Raleigh Friedrichs, Shaun Justice, Sarah Rayburn, Trinity Brooks, Colton Knipling and Kassidy Bego, along with Brenda Justice, Goliad County 4-H Outdoor Education project leader, represented Goliad County in their first-ever challenge.
The Texas 4-H Outdoor Challenge is an annual event sponsored by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service.
Outdoor Challenge teams participated in 10 contests over the two-day event. Events included mountaineering (climbing a cargo net and zip line down), orienteering (multi-point compass course), outdoor ID (identification of wildlife, fish, invertebrates, plants, birds, amphibians/reptiles), shotgun, rifle, archery, kayaking, knot tying, camping skills, and fishing.
Teams could earn up to 20 points in each contest for a total of 200 points.
Friedrichs and Shaun Justice participated in the co-ed junior division and brought home a second-place finish with a score of 116.5 points, only six points behind the first- place team from Bosque County.
The duo’s strongest finishes were in climbing, kayaking and archery, placing first in all three events.
Capturing first place in the female junior division were Brooks and Rayburn. The girls had a final score of 128, outscoring the second-place Hood County team by 33 points.
The team moved to the top of the leader board early with first-place finishes in everything but outdoor identification and fishing.
The intermediate male team of Knipling and Bego continued Goliad’s winning streak by also placing first with a total score of 184.75.
Not only did the team place first in its division, the duo also had the highest overall score of all the teams, including the seniors
Knipling and Bego outscored the second-place Shelby County team by 61.75 points. The team had first-place finishes in every event except outdoor ID and archery.
Team members were awarded prizes which included ice chests, gun cases, sporting glasses, clay throwers, spinning reels, BB targets, and camouflage rosettes.
“I am so proud of our kids for their accomplishments,” Brenda Justice said.
“We went to the Challenge to find out what it was all about, but to go up there and win is awesome.’’