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CAL STATE-LA TAKES FIRST ON DAY 6 OF SUNRAYCE '93

 ALBERT LEA, Minn., June 25 /PRNewswire/ -- With the sun shining from sunrise to sunset, California State University-Los Angeles' "Soar Eagle II" zoomed into Albert Lea, the last stop before the Sunrayce `93 finish line in Minneapolis, Minn. A top speed of 33.41 mph put them at the head of the pack with a time of 5 hours, 6 minutes over the 170-mile course from Des Moines, Iowa.
 California State Polytechnic University-Pomona arrived less than an hour later with George Washington University hot on their heels.
 Sunrayce `93 is a collegiate solar car race for education, energy and the environment. It is designed to challenge science, math and engineering students and to foster scientific innovation.
 Based on unofficial results, the University of Michigan maintained its first place position in the overall standing after Day 6. The "Maize and Blue" solar car has about an hour and a half lead over second place Cal State Poly-Pomona. Cal State-LA is in third place.
 Rounding out the top 10 in the overall standings are George Washington University in fourth; Stanford University, fifth; University of Maryland, sixth; University of Oklahoma, seventh; University of Massachusetts-Lowell, eighth; Kauai Community College, ninth; and Iowa State University, tenth.
 Saturday, the final day of the race, covers 89 miles from Albert Lea to the Minnesota Zoo in Minneapolis. The 1,100 mile race began in Arlington, Texas on Sunday.
 The 34 participants in Sunrayce `93 are competing for more than $55,000 in cash and awards. The first place winner will receive $25,000 from GMAC, $6,000 from the Department of Energy (DOE), $5,000 from Westinghouse and silver zinc batteries worth $20,000 from Eagle Picher. DOE will award $5,000 and $4,000, respectively, to the second and third place finishers. The team making the best use of advanced composite materials will receive $5,000 from DuPont. Awards also are being given for technical innovation, teamwork and good sportsmanship.
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