Team 489 members are (from left) Jeremy DeFoe of Farmington, Minn.; Tyler Buller of Urbandale, Iowa; Mike Nelson of Gowrie, Iowa; Ellen Cooper of Dubuque, Iowa; Van Everett of West Des Moines, Iowa; and Beth Delvaux of Milwaukee, Wis.
The team won with a 6-1-1 record, losing ballots only to a team from
Also at the tournament, Drake’s teams received two individual awards. Tyler Buller, a sophomore journalism and politics major from
The UMKC tournament was the last invitational that Drake Mock Trial will attend before the regional competition Feb. 16-17 in
"Team 489 has been performing consistently well, with a win last weekend and placing second at UMKC. This is more motivation for us to continue improving our performance before regionals," said Jeremy DeFoe, a senior from
The collegiate mock trial season runs in two parts: the invitational portion of the season during the fall semester and the regular competition season during the spring semester. Those who advance past the regional competitions, which are held in January and February, may earn bids to attend one of two national tournaments.
The gold flight (premier) tournament is the National Championship Tournament, held this year in
"The last two weekends we have performed at the level of our region’s highest-caliber teams," said Ellen Cooper, a senior international business and accounting major from
Sarah Kucker, a junior psychology and philosophy major and captain of Drake’s team 490, said that the performance of the program has been outstanding over the last weeks. "All of our teams are working hard to prepare for regionals, and the program’s continued success is reflective of that," said Kucker, a senior from
Collegiate mock trial is administered and facilitated by the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA). Approximately 453 colleges and universities in the