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July 6, 2001
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Local Residents Help Concrete Canoe Team Finish Fifth
Several Northern Hills residents helped the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology’s concrete canoe team place fifth at the National Concrete Canoe Competition helped recently in San Diego, Calif.
Crystal Parsons of Spearfish, a Civil Engineering major, helped build the canoe and the canoe display.
Andy Baker of Sturgis, a Civil Engineering major, helped build the canoe and display, and raced in the men's sprint contest.
Luke Epperson of Piedmont, a Computer Engineering major, helped build the canoe and raced in the men's sprint contest.
The South Dakota School of Mines and technology concrete canoe team placed fifth after three days of competition that tested the team’s academic, design, construction and athletic abilities. The University of Alabama Huntsville won the competition. Two- time defending champion Clemson University took second place.
The Tech team spent nine months designing, building and practicing with its canoe. Some team members worked 100- hour weeks making sure the canoe was the best it could be
The Tech team competed and raced with its canoe named Storm Chaser. The canoe was just longer than 20 feet and weighed 74 pounds, the second lightest in the competition. Tech competed against 23 teams from some of the best engineering schools in the country.
The Tech team qualified for nationals by taking overall first place at the 2001 American Society of Civil Engineers Rocky Mountain Region Conference held in April in Colorado Springs, Colo. Tech has won regionals 12 of the past 14 years. The team finished 11th in last year’s national championship.
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