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Sources: Ernie Minton, 785-532-6148,;
and Karol Fike, 785-532-1104,
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News release prepared by Beth Bohn, 785-532-6415,

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University's Academic Quadrathlon Team will be seeking a national title after winning first place at the regional Academic Quadrathlon competition at the Midwestern Section of the American Society of Animal Science meetings in Des Moines, Iowa, March 15-16. The team also won an on-campus quadrathlon competition against other teams from K-State earlier this year.

The team will look to cap its perfect season at the National Collegiate Beef Quiz Bowl. The competition is sponsored by the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and will be part of the association's annual convention and trade show, Jan. 27-30, 2010, in San Antonio, Texas.

Team members, all seniors in animal sciences and industry, are Clem Neely, Chanute; Thomas "Bain" Wilson, Locust, N.C.; Anna Pesta, Oakboro, N.C.; and Hyatt Frobose, Pemberville, Ohio.

The team's adviser is Ernie Minton, professor of animal sciences and industry and interim associate director, research and technology transfer, for K-State Research and Extension.

The Academic Quadrathlon began at several land-grant universities in the early 1980s. The competition, for students in animal sciences and industry and related fields, includes four individual events: laboratory practicum, quiz bowl, oral presentation and written exam. The material in the events covers animal science and meat science information, with the oral presentation focusing on related topics currently in the news.

At the regional competition, K-State competed against 13 other teams and took first place overall by winning firsts in the quiz bowl, laboratory practicum and oral presentation categories, and second in written exam. The oral presentation topic was on a California proposition banning certain types of confinement housing for sows, chickens and veal calves.

At the local competition, K-State competed against 11 other teams and placed first in every category. The oral presentation topic was on country of origin labeling.

The campus competition is sponsored by Fourth and Pomeroy Associates Inc. and two K-State alumni: Jim Brown, chairman of the board of Fourth and Pomeroy and a 1959 graduate in feed science and management; and Joe Ebert, vice president and general manager of the company and a 1971 graduate in animal sciences and industry. The company owns Key Feeds, an animal feed business in Clay Center. It provides funding for the Academic Quadrathlon teams to go to the regional and national competitions and prize recognition for winners of individual events and the overall competition.