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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • S&T to host international mining competition

  • Men’s and women’s mucking teams from Missouri University of Science and Technology will host the 36th annual Intercollegiate Mining Competition April 2-6, in Rolla.
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  • Men’s and women’s mucking teams from Missouri University of Science and Technology will host the 36th annual Intercollegiate Mining Competition April 2-6, in Rolla.
    Forty-two teams from the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada and the United Kingdom will compete in the events.
    This year, six teams from Missouri S&T will compete.
    Last year, S&T’s women’s team lost a first-place tie-breaker to Colorado School of Mines to place second. The S&T men’s team A placed third and the university’s alumni teams placed first and third in their respective divisions.
    In 2012, S&T’s two women’s teams placed first and third, and the men’s team A placed second.
    A muck pile is the debris left over from a mining blast. Mucking events are based on mining techniques used in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
    Students compete in timed events like gold panning, surveying, hand-mucking, hand-steeling, track-standing, Swede sawing and jackleg drilling.
    First held in 1978, the games were created to honor 91 miners who died in a fire at Idaho’s Sunshine Mine in 1972.
    The competition celebrates traditional mining practices and helps create a global community of mining students.
    Mining colleges and universities around the world rotate hosting the International Intercollegiate Mining Games. Last year’s games were held at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colo.
    The local students competing include:
    • Katherine Stockdale, senior majoring in geological engineering, from Dixon,
    • Jake Meier, junior majoring in mining engineering, from Rolla,
    • David Phelps, senior majoring in mining engineering, from Rolla,
    • Kevin Phelps, senior majoring in mining engineering, from Rolla, and
    • Greg Failes, sophomore majoring in civil engineering, from Waynesville.

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