Bridge to Arkansas

Steel Bridge Team
Pictured above are Missouri S&T’s women of steel (and one man): Lisa Stine, Amanda Wyatt and Kierstyn Harvey with Erik Lorince.

Thursday’s steel bridge competition in Fayetteville, Ark., went well. Late Thursday, team spokesperson Levi Smith said team members were happy with their performance, but the final results were not yet available. (It didn’t sound like Missouri S&T would place at the very top.) The event was held at the Tyson Track Center on the campus of the University of Arkansas, where all of the new buildings are named after chickens, pigs or Wal-Mart. Following a long day setting up their bridge and tearing it down, the team members were planning on dinner at the Flying Burrito followed by bowling at Ozark Lanes. If they get any free time, we suggest a trip to the used bookstore downtown. (We judge it as possibly the second-best used bookstore in the country, topped, of course, by Powell’s in Portland, Ore.)
Fayetteville is green and hilly and very southern. It’s similar to Rolla, only bigger and the old parts have a lot better architecture. We highly recommend a visit. We’ll try to get some final results on the steel bridge competition Friday, which marks the start of another competition, this one involving concrete canoes. The famous "swamp test" is in the morning (we think), followed by racing on Saturday. So far, no sightings of the Arkansas canoe, which was, really famously, called "The Hogtanic" last year. More reports to follow.