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Four Compete at Academic Quadrathlon

EKU Academic Quadrathlon Team l-r: Bowling, Hulett, Hansford, and Bowman

EKU Agriculture students are making their mark.

On February 3rd, four students traveled to Fort Worth, Tex., to compete in the Southern Regional American Society of Animal Science Academic Quadrathlon Competition. On the inaugural team were animal science, pre-veterinary, and horticulture students, accompanied by their faculty advisor, Dr. Andrea Sexten.

The Southern Section Academic Quadrathlon is a yearly competition held in conjunction with the American Society of Animal Science Southern Section meeting. Teams of four undergraduate students from universities in the southern United States compete in a lab practicum, written exam, oral presentation and quiz bowl - covering all species and disciplines in animal science. This year there were 14 different lab practicum stations covering scenarios that included meat science where the team had to process a poultry carcass into the eight retail cuts to checking ewes for pregnancy.

Posting a strong performance for EKU were:

  • Cody Bowling, senior Pre-Veterinary Medicine major from Campbellsville,
  • Kendal Bowman, senior Animal Science and Horticulture double major from Winchester,
  • Zach Hansford, sophomore Pre-Veterinary Medicine major from Somerset, and
  • Ali Hulett, senior Animal Science major from Lancaster.

“This year there were 11 teams competing. We finished in the top five for the Dairy Lab practicum and the Quiz Bowl competition, and placed eighth overall," said Dr. Sexten.

Remarking on the team's remarkable performance, she continued: "EKU was one of only two regional universities competing against seven land-grant and two private universities. We are extremely proud of how our team competed and represented EKU.”

More photos from the Quatrathon...

Published on February 05, 2018

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