Iowa State Tops American Society of Animal Science Midwest Regional Academic Quadrathlon Competition

March 10, 2021

ASAS quadrathlon logoFour Iowa State students were busy March 6th, 7th, and 9th competing in the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Midwest Regional Academic Quadrathlon (AQ) Competition along with 6 other universities including: University of Wisconsin-Riverfalls, Kansas State University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, South Dakota State University, and the University of Missouri. 

The following students made up the ISU Team: Hannah Heit, New Hampton, IA; Grace Jakes, Indianola, IA; Benjamin McClain, Everly, IA; and Emily Saeugling, Atlantic, IA.  All four team members are juniors majoring in Animal Science.    

ASAS quadrathlon - Iowa State team

On Saturday, March 6th, the students completed the lab practicum contest which consisted of 10 lab stations (Anatomy and Physiology, Beef, Companion Animals, Dairy, Equine, General Lab, Meats, Poultry, Sheep, and Swine) and they presented their oral presentation to a small panel of judges. The four students picked the following topic: How has COVID-19 impacted meat, egg, & milk processors?  


Then, on Sunday, March 7th students completed the Written Exam and participated in Quiz Bowl in which Iowa State remained undefeated and made their way through the winner’s bracket to the final round. Iowa State faced off with Kansas State for the final round of Quiz Bowl on Tuesday evening (March 9th) and remained undefeated in a close final match.


At the conclusion of Quiz Bowl, contest results were announced and can be noted below in the four divisions:

ASAS quadrathlon division results

After placing 1st in three of the four divisions (which rarely happens), Iowa State University was announced the 1st place team overall of the AQ contest!  The Iowa State team will go on to represent the Midwest Section of ASAS at the national AQ contest that will be held in conjunction with the national ASAS annual meeting being held July 14-18th, 2021 in Louisville, KY.  We are proud of these four students for representing Iowa State extremely well at both the regional and national level and wish them all the very best as they prepare for the national contest in the coming months!  Go Cyclones!

ASAS quadrathlon - Overall results