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Montana Tech Mining Team Competes at International Mining Competition


Montana Tech’s Mining Team did well at the 40th annual International Collegiate Mining Competition hosted by the Camborne School of Mines at King Edward Mine in Cornwall, England.

Teams displayed their skills in seven old-fashioned mining skills, including panning for gold and laying railroad track. Teams were from the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands and Brazil representing Montana Tech, University of Nevada-Reno, Missouri Science & Technology, University of Kentucky, University of Arizona, South Dakota School of Mines, Colorado School of Mines, Virginia Tech, University of West Australia, Queensland University, UNIFAL, University of Sao Paolo, Delft University of Technology, RWTH AACHEN University and Camborne School of Mines. Montana Tech sent two men’s teams and one coed teams to the competition.

This year’s competition included 15 men’s teams, 7 alumni teams, 10 co-ed teams (with at least three women), and 7 women’s teams. The all-day competition saw teams compete in seven skill events: hand steel, gold pan, jack leg, track stand, mucking, swede saw and survey.

Montana Tech’s co-ed team, which consisted of captain McKenzee O’Neill, Ashley Johnson, Johnniann Thompson, Dylan Haddix, Andrew Brackebusch, and David Otto placed third behind South Dakota School of Mines and University of Nevada-Reno. The co-ed team took first in track stand, swede saw and jackleg, third in mucking and hand steel and placed well in the other events. Scott Rosenthal, Mining Engineering Department Head, was at the competition and said, “All three Montana Tech teams competed hard and were recognized by some of the judges as being very professional in supporting each other and the other teams during the competition. It was enjoyable to be in Cornwall with the students and to see the results of their hard work from practice pay off. These are mostly physical events that require practiced technique to beat the competition. The rich mining heritage of Cornwall added to the excitement.”

Montana Tech’s men’s team placed fourth and seventh. The men’s competition saw Camborne School of Mines take first place. The men’s teams placed first in track stand, second in mucking, gold pan and jackleg, third in hand steel.

The International Collegiate Mining Games began in 1978 to honor the memory of 91 miners who died on May 2, 1972, when fire broke out in the Sunshine Mine near Kellogg, Idaho, one of the world’s largest silver mines. Since then, the games have been dedicated to all miner who die on the job. Montana has participated in all 40 annual events.

For more information, please contact Scott Rosenthal at 406-496-4867.

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