The UNR Concrete Canoe Team during competition.
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - University of Nevada, Reno students have been accumulating national accolades for years with seemingly physics-defying, rock-solid canoe designs.
The trend continued Saturday when the team finished second at the National Concrete Canoe Competition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Their prize was a trophy and $2,500 for the school's American Society of Civil Engineers chapter.
Teams come from regional competitions around the U.S. and Canada. They are judged on four categories: construction and design, a technical paper, an oral presentation, and performance in five different race events. The racing portions were cut short this year by thunder and lightning storms in the area.
The Reno team has finished in the top five at the event since 2007, and they won contest in 2008.
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