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News and Events – Missouri S&T Mars Rover Design Team finishes third in University Rover Challenge

News and Events  – 2022 – April – 08

The Mars Rover Design Team at Missouri S&T was among the top finishers in the annual University Rover Challenge, an international competition held at the Mars Desert Research Station in Hanksville, Utah. The Missouri S&T team came in third overall in the event, which was won by a team from the University of Michigan.

The competition consisted of four missions in which the rover had to carry out a variety of tasks, and a review of the rover’s design. The rover had to maneuver through soft sand and rocky terrain, around vertical drops and steep slopes, as well as navigate autonomously for certain parts of the challenge.

Missouri S&T’s rover, Prometheus, came in first in the design review with a score of 94 out of a possible 100 points. The team also tied for first in the equipment servicing and extreme retrieval and delivery missions.

The Mars Rover Design Team competed against 35 other teams from around the world. Countries represented include Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Colombia, Egypt, India, Mexico, Poland and Turkey, in addition to numerous teams from the United States.

This year’s competition was the first in-person event since 2019. The 2020 and 2021 events were cancelled due to COVID-19. Missouri S&T teams have performed well in previous competitions, including a fifth-place finish in 2019 and a first-place finish in 2017.

The Mars Rover Design Team is one of 19 student-run teams in Missouri S&T’s Student Design and Experiential Learning Center (SDELC). The SDELC, housed in the Kummer Student Design Center, provides real-world team-based operations, including computer design laboratories, a manufacturing shop, office space and logistical support. Design teams mirror small start-up companies that plan large-scale projects, organize into departments, raise funds, communicate their ideas and solve open-ended design challenges. Most teams compete annually against other collegiate teams from around the country and the world. For more information about the teams, visit

About Missouri University of Science and Technology

Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) is a STEM-focused research university of over 7,200 students. Part of the four-campus University of Missouri System and located in Rolla, Missouri, Missouri S&T offers 101 degrees in 40 areas of study and is among the nation’s top 10 universities for return on investment, according to Business Insider. S&T also is home to the Kummer Institute, made possible by a $300 million gift from Fred and June Kummer. For more information about Missouri S&T, visit

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Stoltman fends off challengers, Boudreault finishes fifth in strongest man event

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Consistency and resiliency lifted Tom Stoltman to another World’s Strongest Man title on Sunday.

The 27-year-old from Invergordon, Scotland fended off stiff challenges from 2020 champion Oleksii Novikov of Kyiv, Ukraine and Latvian-American Martins Licis on Sunday in Sacramento, Calif.

Canadian Maxime Boudreault finished fifth overall in the competition, just three points out of fourth which was claimed by Brian Shaw of the U.S. Trey Mitchell was fifth, one-half point back of Boudreault.

Competitors took part in six events, including deadlift, Flintstone barbell, bus pull and Atlas stones. Stoltman and Novikov were in a tight battle for first entering the final event, the Atlas stones.

Licis earned his first podium trip since winning the 2019 World’s Strongest Man.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 29, 2022.

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Ripley’s Frankie Winters finishes runner-up in throwing events

Ripley’s Frankie Winters finishes runner-up in throwing events

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Ripley’s Frankie Winters throws the shot put during Friday’s Class AAA state meet in Charleston.

CHARLESTON — The offseason for Ripley thrower Frankie Winters begins ASAP.

Friday afternoon at Laidley Field at the West Virginia High School State Track Meet, Winters placed runner-up in the shot put one day after finishing second in the discus.

His throw of 150 feet, 11 inches in the discus broke a school record which stood for nearly 50 years. His best shot put effort of 51-11.5 erased his previous career best by 8 inches and fell just shy by 2 inches in an attempt to break yet another school record which has stood for some 50 years as well. Cabell Midland’s Michael Lunsford won the event with a throw of 52-6.

The Ripley state qualifiers scored 24 points and finished tied for eighth in the team standings.

“Everybody wants to win a state championship,” said Winters, who plans to improve his craft and working out immediately. “I will take the PR. I am happy for (Lunsford). This year is a big improvement from last year . I didn’t even make it to state in the shot last year and barely made finals in the discus. I put in a lot of work in the offseason, improved a lot and plan to put even more work in this offseason.

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Parkersburg South’s Brayden Wise runs in a hurdles event during Friday’s Class AAA state track meet in Charleston.

“I need to sleep right, eat right.”

An inauspicious start for Winters opened with a scratch on his first attempt in the prelims. He answered with a vengeance on his next throw of 51-11.5, which stood as a possible winner before Lunsford surpassed Winters on the field’s second-to-last throw in the finals.

“After that scratch, it amped me up for sure — I had to be a little bit safe in case it didn’t get me in position with my second one,” Winter said. “After (Lunsford) went 52-6, I thought I could go farther as long as I could get my technique right with some speed. Then hopefully hit one.”

Also scoring for the Vikings was Connor Casto, who won silver in the high jump with a leap of 6-2. Parkersburg South’s Nathan Plotner wasn’t too far behind after placing fourth with an identical height.

South’s total body of work resulted in 17 points, which left the Patriots in 11th place.

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Parkersburg’s Franklin Angelos runs in the 1600 meter run during Friday’s Class AAA state track meet Friday in Charleston.

“Our team exceeded expectations as far as ranking and predictions go,” South coach Jason Jones said. “I thought we would place higher than people thought, especially in the 4×200 and shuttle relay.

One of several highlights featured the shuttle hurdle team of Jackson Dearth, Miciah Jones, Brayden Wise and Zach Parsons turning in a time of 58.23, which gave South second place overall behind state champion Musselman’s time of 56.70.

“Huntington nipped us last week at regional in the shuttle hurdles and we were able to get them this week,” Jones said. “We ran our best time of the year. This was the right time to do it.

“We did several things well, so I am happy with this meet.”

Dearth, who competed in four events in 90-plus degree weather (including three races in the hurdle events), contributed a fifth-place showing in the 110 high hurdles.

“I was definitely looking for much better in the 100 highs, but I will take that,” Dearth said. “After my hurdle events, I felt hot and tired. We are piling up a few points as a team — it’s been exciting and tiring. Definitely excited to get this last race — the 4×400 — out of the way.”

Teammate Zach Parsons raced in three events, including a fifth-place finish in the 100. The junior also joined Xander Quinn, Gunner Sands and Chase Anderson with a fifth-place effort in the 4×200, which won the slow heat and bumped up several positions from its original seed after the regional meet.

“At regionals, I ran the 100 finals before the 4×200, so I was dead,” said Parsons, who didn’t lose in the 100 this season until Thursday’s prelims. “At regionals, I paced myself just good enough where we would qualify in the 4×200.

“This week, we worked on our handoffs a lot. We had perfect handoffs today. Everybody ran hard. There is a lot of competition and kids we don’t normally see, so that is good for us. I love getting pushed and having people running beside me. I don’t get that until states.”

As for defending state champion Parkersburg, this year was a stark contrast in the number of state qualifiers. Distance runner Franklin Angelos and hurdler Jacob Moore represented the Big Reds in the individual events, while Jackson Wharton, Landon Edwards, Jacob Moore and Connor Petty competed in the 4×800.

Angelos was responsible for the sum total for PHS after placing fourth in 800 and sixth in the 1600. The senior also finished seventh in the 3200 on Thursday as the Big Reds scored five points and placed 19th in the team standings.

On Friday, Angelos played the rabbit in the 1600 and bolted out to an early lead. In the 800, he led a pack of multiple runners through the first lap.

“The 800 was my last high school race — honestly, strategy goes out the window once the race starts,” Angelos said. “The goal was to leave it all out there. I was projected not to place in the 800. I had the 11th best time coming in, so I just decided hang on for as long as I can.

“I tried to make a move on the backstretch on the last lap, but the other three runners are at a little different speed level than I am. I am happy with my performance. I am a little dead.”

The vibes running through the PHS boys camp did not have the same intensity as the one last year when the Big Reds were chasing down a state title. And that played a factor with Angelos, who will begin his collegiate career at Ohio University in the fall.

“It was a different feeling coming into this year — more solo,” said Angelos, who will give his legs a break when he leaves for Greece in the upcoming week. “Last year, we came in here with a team state championship in mind. I came here today to close it out right.

“For some, competing in high school may seem like the end. For me, it’s coming into the fall like another high school season. Nothing is really changing other than taking a much bigger step up — level-wise.”

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Germany captures sixth gold medal in Olympic sliding events, as Canada’s Mirela Rahneva finishes fifth in skeleton

Germany captures sixth gold medal in Olympic sliding events, as Canada’s Mirela Rahneva finishes fifth in skeleton

Germany’s Hannah Neise competes in heat 3 of women’s skeleton on Feb. 12, 2022.THOMAS PETER/Reuters

Hannah Neise has never won a World Cup medal. Or a medal at the world championships. Or a medal from the European championships.

She’s got an Olympic medal now.

And it’s the one that everybody wants.

Skeleton has a new champion, and she was a bit of a surprise winner. Neise, the 21-year-old who won the junior world title last year, became the first German woman to capture the gold medal in Olympic skeleton by rallying in the final two heats at the Beijing Games on Saturday.

Her four-run time was 4 minutes, 7.62 seconds. Jaclyn Narracott of Australia — the midpoint leader of the event — won the silver in 4:08.24 and World Cup overall champion Kimberley Bos of the Netherlands took the bronze in 4:08.46.

Neise’s win might have been a bit of a stunner, but at this point, nothing Germany does on this track should be that surprising. After six sliding events at the Beijing Games — four in luge, two in skeleton — the Germans have captured six gold medals.

Oh, and all they have in the four remaining bobsled races — two for men, two for women — are the reigning Olympic champion drivers in Francesco Friedrich and Mariama Jamanka.

Tina Hermann of Germany was fourth and Mirela Rahneva of Canada, the first-run leader, was fifth.

Canada’s Mirela Rahneva after her run in heat 4 of the women’s skeleton event on Feb. 12, 2022.EDGAR SU/Reuters

Neise’s win capped a year that was unpredictable in women’s skeleton from the outset. There were eight World Cup races leading up to the Olympics, with five different winners and 11 different medalists — Neise not being one of them.

But there was a big hint that she could contend at the Olympics. There was a preseason race at the Yanqing Sliding Center after three weeks of international training this fall, and Neise was second in that event.

Clearly, she figured some things out about the new track faster than most everyone else did.

Katie Uhlaender, racing in her fifth Olympics, was the top American and finished sixth in 4:09.23. Uhlaender strained a muscle in her side before competing Saturday and still moved up two spots from where she was after Friday’s first two runs of the competition.

Kelly Curtis, the other U.S. slider in the field, was 21st.

This was the first time in six Olympic women’s skeleton competitions that a woman from Britain didn’t find her way to the podium. Alex Coomber won bronze in 2002, Shelley Rudman won silver in 2006, Amy Williams took gold in 2010, Lizzy Yarnold won gold in both 2014 and 2018 and Laura Deas captured bronze four years ago as well.

Deas was the top British slider in this race, placing 20th.

Narracott’s medal, though, had a very British feel — and that has nothing to do with Queen Elizabeth II remaining the head of state in 15 Commonwealth countries, including Australia. Narracott spends the season traveling and training with the British team, and her husband is retired British skeleton athlete and 2018 Olympic bronze medalist Dom Parsons.

Narracott was great.

Neise was just better. And the world’s most accomplished nation in sliding just continues to dominate the Beijing Games.

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