The American Society of Animal Science announced March 13 that the undergraduate Academic Quadrathalon team from the University of Missouri placed third overall out of 13 teams at the Midwest American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) meeting held in Nebraska.
The Midwestern Section consists of schools from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, plus Manitoba and Ontario, Canada.
Van-Far graduate and current MU student Abilene Gatson was a member of that team. Gatson is in her second year at the University, majoring in Animal Science. Teams competing in the Quadrathalon must be organized by the students and must be undergraduates in a nonprofessional degree program at the time of their local competition.
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 15-20 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.
The team also placed second in the Lab Practicum and third in the Written Exam events.
Dr. Tim Safranski of the University of MO served as the team advisor on the trip to Nebraska.