A team of respiratory care students from Missouri Southern came in first place during the 2014 Sputum Bowl – a quiz bowl-style competition held during the annual Missouri Society for Respiratory Care state conference.

The Missouri Southern team will compete at the national competition in Las Vegas in December.

The Missouri Southern team will compete at the national competition in Las Vegas in December.

Glenda Pippin, director of the university’s respiratory therapy program, said the team of Kelsey Reading, Megan Perry, Kayla Smith and Jamie McCracken (who competed as the Coughalators) took first place during the event, held April 22-25 in Osage Beach. They beat out teams from Mizzou and other colleges and universities from throughout the state.

Questions test the students’ knowledge in areas such as as anatomy and physiology, chemistry and physics, diagnostics and neo-natal pediatrics.

The team will compete in the national competition during the American Association for Respiratory Care’s International Congress, to be held in December in Las Vegas, Nev.

Pippin said a Missouri Southern team won the national competition in 2007 in Orlando, Fla. In 2013, they narrowly missed making it to the finals during the competition in Anaheim, Calif.