The University of Missouri-Rolla women’s and men’s mucking teams finished in first, second and fourth place, respectively, during the 25th International Intercollegiate Mining Competition held March 29 at the UMR Experimental Mine in Rolla.
The annual competition consists of teams using old-fashioned mining methods and hand-held tools to compete in timed events, including gold panning, surveying, hand-mucking, hand-steeling, track-standing, Swede sawing and jackleg drilling.
The UMR women’s team finished in first place over Queens University in Canada. Last year Western Australia School of Mines won the women’s competition and the UMR women won the event in 2001.
UMR men had two teams competing. The UMR men’s A-team finished in second place, one point behind Western Australia School of Mines, and the UMR men’s B-team placed fourth.