2024 Western Section Academic Quadrathlon

Eight universities gathered at Utah State University in Logan, UT for AQ competition. A huge thank you to Associated Feed for sponsoring the buckles for the winning team, to Matt Kennedy at OSU for getting them sponsored and to Brett Bowman and the Utah State Administration, Faculty, and Staff for all of their hard work putting this together.


The following universities participated:

  • Utah State University
  • Oregon State University
  • Montana State University
  • BYU, Idaho
  • Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
  • Colorado State University
  • New Mexico State University
  • California State University, Chico


Overall placings were:

  • 1st Place: Utah State University (pictured L to R: Mentor Brett Bowman, Jaymen Brough, Chance Simpson, Joseph Biesinger, Garrett Potter)
  • 2nd Place: Oregon State University
  • 3rd Place: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo



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Academic Quadrathlon Description

The Academic Quadrathlon is a local and a regional event involving undergraduate student teams from within a school or university or between students from various schools or universities. The emphasis of an Academic Quadrathlon is on participation by students rather than on competition. At the local level, teams must be organized by the students and consist of four individuals or fewer. Any student from any major may participate at the local level. To be an eligible member on a regional team one must not have previously represented their school at the regional level. They must be undergraduates in a nonprofessional degree program at the time of their local competition. The regional team should be the winning team at the local competition. If a substitution is need, the substitution must have competed at the local level that year.

Teams participate in four events: Laboratory Practicum, Written Exam, Oral Presentation, and Quiz Bowl. In the Laboratory Practicum, the team demonstrates its ability to perform physical skills. Work at each station lasts 15 to 20 minutes and involves the entire team. The work at each station usually involves a species such as beef or swine or a disciplinary area such as nutrition or meats. The Written Exam has a time limit. The questions may involve any area related to animal production and products. Each team writes one exam, dividing the questions as they wish. In the Oral Presentation, the students are given a topic to discuss dealing with animal agriculture. This is an exercise in cooperative problem solving. In the Quiz Bowl questions may be on any topic that relates to animal agriculture and that are answerable in a short period of time. Quiz games will be organized as double elimination tournament.

Questions regarding the WSASAS AQ program can be directed to Matt Kennedy (kennedy@oregonstate.edu), Oregon State University.

Previous First Place Results

2024: Utah State University

2023: Utah State University
2022: California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo 
2021: No Report Available

2020: No Report Available   

2019: California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo  

2018: No Report Available
2017: Chico State University

2016: Chico State University 
2015: No Report Available

2014: Montana State University
2013: Montana State University

2012: Colorado State University

2011: University of Wyoming

2010: Utah State University

2009: Oregon State University

2008: University of Wyoming

2007: Colorado State University

2006: No Report Available

2005: Oregon State University

2004: Utah State University

2003: Colorado State University

2002: University of Wyoming

2001: Colorado State University

2000: Brigham Young University

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