This weekend Ponca City Energy lineman competed in Austin TX at the APPA National Lineworker’s Rodeo. The Ponca City team was able to be the first team across all Oklahoma municipalities to win a trophy for OK. The Ponca City team placed 2nd in the Hurtman rescue event with a time of 56 seconds with no penalties, only 2 seconds out of 1st Place.
The team competes against utilities from across the US.
Ponca City’s team consisted of: Tomas Alvarez, Chris Crain , Cory Waite & Austin Fry. Fry competed as an apprentice and Tomas, Chris & Cory competed as a 3 man journeymen team throughout various events.
(Thank you to Shayla Alvarez for the photos)
The events are judged on time to complete but more importantly that the tasks are completed safely with deductions being given when necessary.
Ponca City is not only fortunate enough to have some of the best linemen in the state for maintaining dependable electric service to our citizen’s, but also now some of the fastest in the nation.