NC State Soil Judging Places 6th at Regional Contest at Clemson, Qualifies for Nationals

NC State Soil Judging competed in the 2022 SE regional contest hosted by Clemson University from October 17-20. The practice sites showed good examples of Piedmont uplands and floodplains. Important features included paralithic contacts (Cr), Kandic horizons, as well as identification of alluvium and buried surfaces in floodplains.

Teams Competing in the 2022 Contest Host by Clemson University


Sarah Tolman placed 8th out of 61 participants and the team placed 6th overall out of 13 teams. The contest was extremely close, with only 48 points separating first and 6th place teams.

The team has qualified for the national soil judging contest in March, 2023 hosted by Oklahoma State University. This is the team’s 4th consecutive qualification for the national contest (2018-present) and is the second longest streak of consecutive qualifications in program history, behind Joe Kleiss coached teams from 1999-2004 (6 in a row).

2022 Soil Judging Team L to R: Lexi Seal, Marissa Dellinger, Michael Caldwell, Sarah Tolman. Assistant Coaches in the pit: Jacob Cheers and Curtis Murphy.


Congrats to the team and good luck in Oklahoma!