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( July 1, 1998)
STURGIS STUDENT WINS 8TH PLACE FINISH FOR SDSM& T IN COED SPRINT CANOE RACE DURING NATIONAL CONCRETE CANOE COMPETITION
Ryan Koontz of Sturgis 8th place in the coed sprint canoe race for SDSM& T during the 1998 National Concrete Canoe Competition hosted recently by the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T). Ryan and his co- paddler, Rhaub Walker of Rapid City, completed the coed sprint event with a time of 1: 25.76, finishing ahead of thirteen other university teams from across the country who qualified for the national competition.
Ryan will be a senior civil engineering major at SDSM& T this fall and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers ( ASCE) Student Chapter at South Dakota Tech. Although the smallest of the 21 universities that competed in the 11th Annual National Concrete Canoe Competition, SDSM& T earned a 7th place finish overall. The three- day competition, which is sponsored by Master Builders, Inc. and ASCE, drew several hundred people to the Black Hills.
Photo Caption: Ryan Koontz of Sturgis ( left) paddles the SDSM& T concrete canoe named “ Peacemaker” to an 8th place finish in the coed sprint canoe race in the 11th Annual National Concrete Canoe Competition. ( Photo courtesy of SDSM& T University & Public Relations.)
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