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K-State Baja SAE breaks top 20

By The Mercury

Kansas State University Salina’s Baja SAE team broke the Top 20 for the first time ever at the international Tennessee Tech Baja SAE competition in Cookeville, Tenn., April 18-21. The event host was Tennessee Technological University.

The K-State Salina team was among the 100 teams from around the world competing and finished 18th overall with a fifth-place finish in the sled pull event and a 10th-place finish in the suspension and traction category.

This is the first year that the K-State Salina will enter in two competitions. The team also will compete in June at the Baja SAE Rochester, hosted by Rochester Institute of Technology, in Rochester, N.Y. SAE is an engineering organization.

The team’s adviser is Raju Dandu.

In addition to Baker, team members are:

Byron Ronnebaum, junior in mechanical engineering technology, Axtel; Gus Pachta, freshman in mechanical engineering technology, Cuba; Todd Murphy, senior in electronic and computer engineering technology, Hutchison; Nicholas Simpson, freshman in digital media, Lenexa; Jesse Huber, senior in mechanical engineering technology, Morrowville; Tyler Bohl, junior in mechanical engineering technology, Phillipsburg; and Coady Morris and Kale Morris, both juniors in mechanical engineering technology from Russell.

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