TTU Wildlife team earns title of best in Southeast

Tennessee Tech University's wildlife team established itself as the best team of all the major wildlife programs in the Southeast at a recent conclave competition.

At the conclave, a two-day event that features two major and several secondary competitions, TTU's team placed first overall, first in the team field event, and first in the quiz bowl, never losing a match.

"I am very proud of them," said Dan Combs, TTU biology department chairperson. "They won all three of the major prizes and reflected well on us as a faculty and as a university."

This marks the first time TTU's wildlife team finished first overall; they placed first in quiz bowl twice, in 1993 and 2004, and finished second or third overall on a number of occasions.

In addition to the major events, the team performed well in the secondary events, which included dendrology, an obstacle course, archery, canoeing, photography, and wildlife calling. They won three prints, a trophy, five plaques, a wooden bowl, and a book.

Seventeen other universities competed against TTU, including the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, UT-Martin, University of Florida, Auburn University, Mississippi State University, Louisiana State University, Clemson University, Virginia Tech, North Carolina State University, Murray State University, and Eastern Kentucky University.

"Essentially, all of the universities in the Southeast with wildlife programs were represented," said Combs.  "Our sweetest quiz bowl victory may have been in the first round when we beat the University of Tennessee in a nail-biter 45-40."

Three TTU students won individual honors.  Mark Vance won first place in dendrology, Kris Bolen won third in the individual knowledge exam, and Brenda Curtis placed second in the black-and-white photography division.  The team also won third place in non-game calling with their rendition of a multi-species frog chorus.
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