From the College of Agriculture at California State University-Chico:
A team of animal science students from California State University, Chico made history by winning the American Society of Animal Science’s (ASAS) Academic Quadrathlon at the ASAS annual meeting July 18–19, 2016 in Logan, Utah. The team of Julie Allen, Heather Foxworthy, Kenzie Wattenburger and Joel Wisniewski qualified for the competition by winning the Western Section Academic Quadrathlon in April. It was the first time a non-land-grant university won the regional competition and competed at the national level.
The team was coached by animal science professors Kasey DeAtley and Patrick Doyle. “This is an incredible accomplishment for our students, and it’s a testament to the excellent hands-on education they received at Chico State, including experience working with several different livestock species at the University Farm,” DeAtley said.
The Academic Quadrathlon is a grueling two-day event in which the team works together to compete in four separate competitions consisting of a hands-on practicum, a written exam, a quiz bowl and an oral presentation.
The CSU, Chico team was followed by Texas A&M University in second place, Purdue University in third, and the University of Rhode Island in fourth.
It was the third national win for a CSU, Chico College of Agriculture team in the 2015–2016 academic year. In October, the Food Marketing Team won the Food Distribution Research Society’s Student Case Competition in Philadelphia, followed by a first place finish in February for the Rangeland Cup team at the Society of Rangeland Management meeting in Corpus Christi, Texas.