MONTGOMERY — A team of four students from Texas A&M University won the Southern Section, American Society of Animal Science Academic Quadrathlon held Feb. 4 and 5 in Auburn and Montgomery, Ala.
Team members are Jacob Brown, an animal science major from College Station; Dillon Garr, an agricultural economics major from Springdale, Ark.; Brent Hale, an animal science major from Dayton; and Katie Moore, an animal science major from Richmond. Dr. David Forrest is the team advisor.
The first two segments of the competition, the lab practicum and 27-page written exam, were held at Auburn University on Feb. 4. Each of the eight teams competing were given 15 minutes to complete activities at 11 different stations during the lab practicum which challenged team members over seven species and four disciplines. Students showed off skills like vaccinating goats, assembling bridles and using an ultrasound machine.
The second half of the competition was held in Montgomery at the site of the SS-ASAS annual meeting and included a 12-minutes oral presentation and quiz bowl competition. The Aggies placed first in written exam, second in the lab practicum and quiz bowl, and third in oral presentation.
Texas A&M qualified as one of the four teams eligible to compete in the inaugural National Animal Science Academic Quadrathlon to be held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Society of Animal Science in July 2012 in Arizona.