Runnels Junior Beta builders with their award-winning Tower of Power at the Cajundome in Lafayette are, from left, Omid Boushehri, Nick D’Gerolamo, Dawson Latona, Brendan LeBlanc and Robby Harrison.

The Junior Beta team from The Runnels School placed first in the Tower of Power competition at the Junior Beta State Convention held Feb. 22-23 at the Cajundome in Lafayette.

It was the second year in a row Runnels won the event.

The Tower of Power contest challenges participating clubs to build the tallest possible structure out of drinking straws and tape that is capable of supporting a tennis ball for one minute without collapsing, according to a news release. The Runnels team of Omid Boushehri, Nick D'Gerolamo, Dawson Latona, Brendan LeBlanc and Robby Harrison won with a 9-foot-7-inch tower.

The team advances to the National Junior Beta Convention in June in Savannah, Georgia.