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A number of Mathematics and Statistics students participated in the Putnam Mathematics Competition on Dec. 4. Jonathan Lomond, Ian Payne and Mark Penney formed the Memorial University team, which received an official rank of 47. Only the top 150 teams receive a rank. This year there were 4,296 from 546 institutions. Individually Jonathan and Ian scored 41 and 40 respectively, ranking them at 259.5 and 294 and were included in the Putnam booklet as students who ranked above 470.5. The pair were on the Memorial University APICS team in the fall, which placed third overall and they are also both recipients of NSERC USRAs for this summer. The Putnam is considered to be one of the toughest math competitions in the world and has high name recognition, though average scores are typically below 10.