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Poly hosts concrete canoe event

Tyler Mathews from the University of Alabama takes a photo of the University of Washington's cement canoe on display at Cal Poly as they play host to the 2010 American Society of Civil Engineers National Concrete Canoe Competition.
Photo by Joe Johnston 06-17-10
Tyler Mathews from the University of Alabama takes a photo of the University of Washington's cement canoe on display at Cal Poly as they play host to the 2010 American Society of Civil Engineers National Concrete Canoe Competition. Photo by Joe Johnston 06-17-10 Tribune

More than 500 college students from throughout the U.S. and Canada attended the first day of a national concrete canoe competition Thursday hosted this year by Cal Poly.

The annual event coordinated by the American Society of Civil Engineers features 22 teams this year — including Cal Poly’s squad, which took third place in last year’s competition.

This year’s event will include a race Saturday at Lopez Lake, which is open to the public. Races are expected to run from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m.

Cal Poly’s team spent a total of 4,600 hours working on this year’s concrete canoe, which is more than 20 feet long and weighs about 170 pounds, said civil engineering major Julia Davis, a team captain.

— Nick Wilson

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