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May 9, 2002

UW-RF Academic Quadrathlon Team Places at Sectional

By Katie Vangsness
UW-RF News Bureau

The UW-River Falls Academic Quadrathlon Team from the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences made a strong showing recently in the sectional competition held at Iowa State University in Des Moines, Iowa.

A local contest was held to determine which team would advance to the sectional competition. The UW-RF team was composed of four students, including: Lacey Moe, a junior from Spring Valley, majoring in animal science with a meat animal emphasis; Brian Grandaw, a junior from Oconto Falls, majoring in dairy science; Erin Peterson, a junior from Fredric, majoring in animal science with an equine emphasis; and Joslyn Roadstrom, a junior from Princeton, Minn., majoring in animal science with a meat animal emphasis.

The four-part contest tests the students' knowledge of animal science. It includes a written exam, a laboratory practicum, an oral presentation on a current animal issue, and a quiz bowl competition. The material covers the broad spectrum of animal production in beef, dairy cattle, swine, sheep, poultry, and horses, as well as basic laboratory techniques and disciplines including nutrition, genetics, physiology, breeding, and meat science.

Animal and food science assistant Professor Gary Onan said, "There were 16 collegiate teams from most of the major agricultural colleges in the Midwest entered in the competition. The UW-RF team did quite will with a 4th place finish in the lab practicum, 3rd place in the written exam, and 5th placing overall. I felt this was an outstanding performance for a group of juniors."

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