Meet the Teams!
Cal-Poly Penn State
During the weekend of July 6, 2019, the National Academic Quadrathlon was held as part of the 2019 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting in Auston, TX. After winning the AQ during their section meetings, the top teams from each section of the country competed for the national title amongst experts in the Animal Science field.
This year, 16 undergraduates and graduates from Texas Tech University, California Polytech State University, San Luis Obispo (CalPoly), North Dakota State University, and Pennsylvania State University were judged on four components - a quiz bowl, an oral presentation, a written exam, and a variety of lab practicums. This year, the lab practicum portion was organized and run by the faculty and students at Texas A&M University. On Saturday, July 6, AQ teams participated in 9 practicum stations, including companion animals, sheep, equine, reproduction, and more. These stations were hands-on, required interaction with livestock, and challenged participants to pull from every aspect of their animal science education. The lab practicum was then followed by a written exam which covered a wide variety of topics.
After a hard day of completion, AQ students had the opportunity to tour the facilities of both Trans Ova Genetics and ST Genetics. Once back in Austin, teams were able to relax, mingle, and network with the ASAS Board of Directors during a bat tour on Lady Bird Lake.
On Monday, July 8, each team gave an oral presentation to a panel of judges then capped off the competition with a quiz bowl. Both competition days were very challenging and required all participants to put forth their best effort.
The winner and rankings of the Academic Quadrathlon were accounted at the ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting Opening Session on Monday evening. CalPoly earned first place, with Texas Tech placing second, North Dakota State placing third, and Penn State placing fourth.
This competition is made possible by the American Society of Animal Science, Dr. Joel Yelich (coordinator), sponsors for CalPoly(San Luis Obispo County Cattlemen’s Association and San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau), sponsors for North Dakota State (North Dakota Beef Commission and North Dakota Corn Utilization Council), and the faculty & staff at Texas A&M.
Congratulations Cal Poly!