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Robotics places at nationals, moves on to world competition

Sandy Robotics team prepares for next tournament in Anaheim, Calif.

Sandy High School’s robotics team is continuing its streak of winning in competitions.

On Friday and Saturday, March 4-5, two robots and their student creators competed at the VEX Open National Tournament in Omaha, Neb.

Robot 1460B, built and run by Jakob Eslinger and Mason Colbry, ended the qualification round in sixth place.

Robot 1460E had a good day too, said coach Aron Eslinger — it ended up being a third pick for alliance selection in the middle school division. The robot was run by Andrew Hokinson, Esten Baker and Ali Eslinger.

The robotics team is setting its sights on its next big competition: the VEX World Tournament.

The tournament will take place in Anaheim, Calif., at the end of April. Three robot teams, equaling nine students, will compete at the tournament in California alongside nearly 400 high school teams from 25 countries.

Aron Eslinger said they may try to hit Disneyland, but they are going to be really busy.

At their last competition, students were competing in 10 matches a day, going home late and coming back to do it all over again, she said.