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2015 Strongman

Posted Thursday, June 11, 2015 by Bill Hriskonich
By Isabella Fitzgerald Marc Xie of Chappaqua cheered this weekend as he was named heavyweight winner of the Horace Greeley High School football team’s Strongman Competition. Xie and his teammates gathered last Saturday afternoon at the school’s upper practice field to participate in the annual event. The competition, open to all students on next year’s varsity football team, kicks off the off-season training for the squad. The rigorous competition provides an enjoyable, yet challenging way to unify the upcoming season’s team and boost morale. “[The competition] gives everybody a chance to test their strength and compete with their friends. It’s a fun atmosphere and everybody enjoys it,” said Xie. “It really builds the team together.” The event dates back to 2004 and has grown bigger each year, now attracting about 45 to 50 students as well as parents, siblings and friends. Players are divided into groups by weight class and they participate in a multitude of events: the 40-yard dash, the 5-10-5 Run, the sled run and obstacle course. They also participate in the tire flip, requiring the athletes to continually turn over a large 250- to 300-pound tire across the width of the field, and the Farmer’s Walk, where students are timed to carry 100- to 120-pound weights in each hand and run across the field. The competition closes with a tugof-war, where the athletes divide themselves into teams to win a prize. In addition to Xie, the Matt Nagler captured the prize in the lightweight class and Quinn Carter won for the medium-weights. The students and spectators were then treated to a picnic hosted by the varsity team’s Parent Committee. While the Strongman Competition was the highlight of the afternoon, the day also included the Strongboy Competition, which ran beforehand. It was open to young boys who play football from the fourth-grade club team to the modified team. The smaller scale event made for a fun way to get young children involved as well. Close to 50 varsity football players on next year's Horace Greeley team get ready to participate in last weekend's Strongman Competition. Annual Strongman Competition Helps Bond Greeley Gridders

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