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Alpena Community College students take 1st at lineman rodeo in SD

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Alpena Community College Utility Tech students performed well at the Mitchell Technical Institute Annual College Lineman Rodeo on April 5, 2019, in Mitchell, South Dakota.

ACC’s Team 1, 45 North, won the Team Overall Champion award as well as three events: Team C1 Framing, Team Written Exam, and Team Obstacle Climb.

The ACC students also did well individually, pulling in seven personal awards including:

Overall Lineman
Hunter Miller, Champion
Joshua Gildner, 4th place

C1 Framing
Daniel Ayling, 1st place
Hunter Miller, 2nd place
Shane Peterson, 3rd place

Obstacle Climb
Hunter Miller, 2nd place

Written Exam
Hunter Miller, 2nd place

This year, the College Lineman Rodeo at Mitchell Technical Institute hosted 10 participating schools which brought a total of 34 four-person teams. Those schools were:

*         Alpena Community College, Michigan

*         Missouri State Technical College, Missouri

*         Minnesota State Wadena, Minnesota

*         Mitchell Technical Institute, South Dakota

*         Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, Nebraska

*         Metropolitan Community College, Kansas City, Missouri

*         Northeast Community College, Nebraska

*         Western Nebraska Community College, Nebraska

*         Chandler Gilbert Community College, Arizona

*         Moraine Park Community College, Wisconsin

A lineman rodeo is a competition that has teams from across the country compete in events based on traditional lineman tasks and skills.

Participants work in four-member teams, competing in a series of four events; Cross Arm Change Out, Obstacle Climb, Framing a C-1 Structure, and a Lineman Knowledge Exam. Awards are given in each of the following categories:

*         Individual Events

*         Individual All-Around

*         Combined Team Events

*         Combined All-Around

ACC offers a one-year vocational certificate and a two-year Associate in Applied Science degree in Utility Technology. Both programs provide training to work as an entry-level line installer and repairer. ACC teams have competed in lineman rodeos every year since 2008, garnering a number of team and personal awards.

Members of ACC’s two teams and alternates were:

Team 1, 45 North
Hunter Miller
Daniel Ayling
Shane Peterson
Joshua Gildner

Team 2, Lumberjacks
Colby Culhane
Jacob Marsh
Collin Spies
Joseph Weber

Tanner Klein
Keanan Anderson

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