Academic Quadrathlon Team Receives Honors
By Michelle Nikolai
UW-RF News Bureau
The UW-River Falls Academic Quadrathlon team earned second-place honors in regional competition held recently in Des Moines, Iowa. The UW-RF team was one of sixteen teams at the competition, representing all the major agricultural colleges in the Midwest.
Four students comprised the UWRF team, including Jayme Fisher, a senior from Fond du Lac, majoring in dairy science; Ann Grey, a junior from Cedarburg, majoring in animal science with an equine emphasis; Carrie Kavanagh, a senior from Greenfield, Minn., majoring in animal science with an equine emphasis; and Abe Mach, a senior from Sturgeon Lake, Minn., majoring in animal science with a meat emphasis. Animal and Food Science Professors Tony Jilek and Gary Onan from the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences were advisors for the team.
The competition consisted of a written exam, laboratory practicum, an oral presentation, and a quiz bowl. The content of the four segments of the competition dealt with all aspects of production animal agriculture, including questions and exercises concerning management of dairy cattle, beef cattle, swine, sheep, poultry and horses. Also included were the academic disciplines of animal science such as nutrition, physiology, breeding and genetics, and animal health.
"The team performed well in all phases of the competition with rankings of third in the written exam, third in lab practicum, second in the oral presentation and seventh in the quiz bowl," said Onan. "This resulted in a second place rating overall, tied with the University of Illinois and only one point behind the winning team from Iowa State University."
The Academic Quadrathlon is sponsored jointly by the American Society of Animal Science and the American Dairy Science Association.
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