Jan. 9, 2013
Vanderbilt returned to classes on Monday, January 7 and the Commodores wasted little time in getting back to business beginning the team's annual Omaha Challenge on Wednesday afternoon.
The competition opened with a creative new team event in the Bar Carry. Each of the four teams were given two weight bars (40 lbs. each) and had to transport eight teammates forty yards down the field and back before the next teammate could be toted down the field. Essentially, a human relay race. Strategy and weight definitely came in to play as Team Lupo took home the title.
The Fitness Test was the final event of the night and consisted of 20, 100-yard sprints. The Dores could tackle the 20 sprints in any way they deemed appropriate but had to go from one side of the field to the other before starting the next spring. The sprints turned into a long distance race of guts as Adam Ravenelle nipped Kevin Ziomek at the line to win the pitchers' crown. On the position players side, defending champ Conrad Gregor served notice he intends to repeat easily winning the race.
After one day of competition Gregor leads the position players with a score of 100 and Ravenelle leads the pitchers with 100 points. In the team race, Team Harris leads the way followed by Team Harrell, Team Lupo and Team Yastrzemski.
n Rhett Wiseman