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MSU Quadrathlon team qualifies for nationals

Karoline Rose
for Tri-State Livestock News

A team representing Montana State University (MSU) in Bozeman, Mont., won the Western Regional Academic Quadrathlon (AQ) held June 17-18, in Bozeman. Four students from the Montana State University College of Agriculture won the local competition in February, allowing them to advance to the regional competition in June.

The Montana State team members consisted of: Lane Schmitt of Chinook, Katy Klick of Simms, Russell Quinlan of Forsyth and Drew Gaskill of Broadus. The four competed in the regional competition against eight other universities from the Western Region: the University of Arizona, California State University-Chico, Colorado State University, Brigham Young University-Idaho, New Mexico State University, Oregon State University, Utah State University, and University of Wyoming.

The competition encompassed four separate events including a comprehensive written exam, an impromptu oral presentation, a hands-on lab practicum and a double elimination quiz bowl. The tournament ended with MSU in a three-way tie for first place with two of the other universities. The tie-break was decided by the highest score in the lab practicum section of the quadrathlon, which resulted in MSU being awarded the regional title belt buckle.

According to Klick, "It was definitely an intense competition right down to the wire. The hardest part was waiting to see who won the tie breaker. It was so rewarding to use the knowledge we've gained through MSU and have the opportunity to represent our school in Indianapolis."

"I enjoyed the contest, as I enjoy animal science although it is not my major area of study, unlike my teammates." Quinlan added, "The regional contest was fast paced and you could never tell how it was all going to end up. Our team just focused on doing the best we could in each quarter. Our best performance turned out to be during the practicums which gave us the tie breaker. We definitely want to put on a strong showing at nationals after winning the western region. It has been a great experience for me to represent Montana State University on this AQ team."

"I'll just add it was a lot of fun and being nerds paid off," said Schmitt when asked about the competition.

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The competition is tough and highly regarded. The MSU College of Agriculture is proud to have top level academics represented at a national level of competition.

The MSU team will compete at the national competition on July 8-9, in Indianapolis, Ind.