Minot State athletic training team to participate in Tulsa, Oklahoma Quiz Bowl

MINOT, N.D. – On Friday, March 29, Minot State athletic training students will compete in a Student Quiz Bowl in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the Mid America Athletic Trainers’ Association (MAATA) Annual Meeting and Symposium as one of two teams representing the North Dakota Athletic Trainers’ Association (NDATA).

Minot State will compete against 13 other teams — the top two higher education teams from each of the seven states in MAATA’s district.

Sarah Robinson, Daniel Daffinrud, and Clarissa Ramirez, all Minot State seniors in the athletic training program, made the state-wide cut by participating in a high-stakes, high-speed test.

“You had like 30 seconds to answer each question. As soon as we said we were ready, Dr. Golly (Heather Golly, Minot State athletic training program director and assistant professor) started the timer. Then, we read the question and decided as a group what the answer was,” explained Robinson. “When we marked the answer, we couldn’t go back. Then, once we finished writing the answer, the timer would restart, and the next question would start.”

Friday’s Quiz Bowl will begin with a preliminary written round before culminating in a Jeopardy-style event. Robinson and Ramirez and alternate Rebecca Damato, a fellow athletic training student, will compete while Daffinrud participates in a track & field event in Billings, Montana.

One team from each of the 10 National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Districts — MAATA is District 5 — will compete at the NATA Quiz Bowl at the National Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada in July.

Daffinrud and Ramirez came to Minot State due to opportunities they couldn’t find at other institutions. The flexibility they found on campus serves as part of their key to success in their major and in progressing to the Quiz Bowl.

“I think just working with the athletes is such a great experience, because you get to meet so many different people and see such a variety of injuries depending on the sport,” said Daffinrud. “And it’s great here because a lot of programs don’t allow you to be an athletic and an athletic training student, so it’s just a great opportunity.”

“I was an athlete and one of the reasons why I did transfer to Minot State was because my coach was willing to let me do athletic training as well as play softball, that was a huge thing for me,” echoed Ramirez.

Small class sizes drew Robinson to Minot State.

“We all have class together,” Robinson said, looking at her teammates. “You get really comfortable with people and you just get to know your classmates really well. You build a new family.”

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Published: 03/28/19   

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