Brain power rules at OUS

Published 9:51 am Monday, April 6, 2009

IRONTON — As the track/practice football field near the Tanks Stadium was filled with youth showing off their athleticism, there were a group of college students nearby flexing their own kind of muscles in the latest Kentucky Collegiate Quick Recall League tourney.

Thirteen teams from nine colleges and universities spent most of Saturday competing at Ohio University Southern. It was the third year for OU’s team president Robert Maynard, a nursing major at the university.

“I did this in high school and it’s thrilling, the adrenaline rush,” Maynard said soon after OUS took a sudden death win over Transylvania University from Lexington, Ky.

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The team practices every Friday for about two hours fielding questions from a variety of subjects, which makes the competition a good match for so many students. Each brings his or her own intellectual strengths to the game, Maynard said.

“Every point counts in these matches,” he said.

Participating teams were from Georgetown College, Transylvania University, Murray State University, Eastern Kentucky University, University of the Cumberland, Big Sandy Community and Technical College, Henderson Community Collage and Jefferson Community and Technical College Southeast, all from Kentucky, as well as OUS.

Team vice president Tim Adkins found all competing teams this year “very equal,” he said. Adkins, a communications major, has competed for four years and finds it an exercise open to many.

“There are so many different categories, math, science, pop culture,” he said. “I think anyone could do this and be successful.”