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June 2007

Release Date: June 26, 2007

ASU Quiz Bowl Team Claims Reserve National Championship

Angelo State University’s Agriculture Department Undergraduate Meat and Food Science Quiz Bowl Team claimed the Reserve National Championship at the 60 th annual Reciprocal Meat Conference last week at South Dakota State University in Brookings, S.D.

ASU’s team went undefeated into the final round of the Quiz Bowl competition before falling to the National Champion, Texas Tech University. ASU team members were Sarah West, Katie Lee, Kari Hudspeth, Leo Batot, Michele Sanchez and Blake Hinckley. They were coached by Darci Owens and Matthew Menchaca, members of last year’s national champion ASU team.

“Our coaches and students put in a tremendous amount of time to prepare for this highly competitive and prestigious event,” said Dr. Kirk Braden, assistant professor of animal science and the team’s faculty adviser. “Once again our students, staff and faculty exhibited the academic and professional excellence that is embodied at ASU.  Our Meat and Food Science Program continues to grow and it is achievements like this that will assist us in taking the next steps to the future.”

Twenty-one teams from 11 universities competed in this year’s Quiz Bowl, the largest field in the six-year history of the event. The contests consisted of questions covering all aspects of meat production, including food safety, meat quality and grading, inspection, muscle physiology, animal anatomy, food product development, and current events in the food industry. The queries were a mix of the theoretical and practical.

Other teams competing in the Quiz Bowl were from Texas A&M, Colorado State, South Dakota State, North Dakota State, Cal-State Fresno, Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Illinois and Kansas State.

Last year, ASU won the event in its first ever appearance by defeating Colorado State in the finals. It remains the only time either Texas Tech or Texas A&M did not claim first place.