Steel Bridge Team Qualifies for Nationals

The Steel Bridge team has qualified for nationals! When the final results were finally tallied from Friday’s regional competition in Fayetteville, Ark., Missouri S&T ended up in third place overall. The top three regional teams qualify for the national competition in Gainesville, Fla., on Memorial Day weekend. UMKC finished first at the regional and K-State finished second. Arkansas finished behind S&T in fourth.
There were 11 teams competing in Arkansas. Missouri S&T relied on consistency in the individual judging events to make a strong overall showing. S&T finished fourth in construction speed, third in lightness, third in display, fourth in stiffness, third in economy and fourth in efficiency.
This is directly from an email sent by team leader Levi Smith:

The rules stated that two teams from a regional can compete at nationals if there are 10 teams at the regional competition, and 3 teams can go to nationals if 11 teams compete. Oklahoma State was going to drop out because they couldnt construct within the rules, but we let them borrow our temporary pier for construction, which allowed them to compete, bringing the team total to 11, which allowed the 3rd place team go to the national competition, which luckily turned out to be us. Anyway we still hope to improve and do better than UMKC and k-state, and try to place top 10 at nationals.