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SE students compete in obstacle course

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By Macy Feemster

SE student Fred Smith works on the agility ladder during the Toro Fitness Challenge Oct. 7. Katelyn Townsend/The Collegian
SE student Fred Smith works on the agility ladder during the Toro Fitness Challenge Oct. 7.
Katelyn Townsend/The Collegian

Chloe Galindo and Jesse Dominguez took home top honors in the SE Campus Toro Fitness Challenge. 

Nine fitness-infused TCC students competed in the course Oct. 7, powering through the obstacle course two at a time. Their times were very close to each other, but Galindo came out the women’s winner at 2:09 and Dominguez as men’s winner at 2:18.

Student Jim Pham, who ranked in fourth place, said he felt confident going into the challenge and was going to try to win.

The Fitness Challenge consisted of eight different steps. First, the athletes went through a shuttle run just to get them tired, SE fitness coach and kinesiology instructor Shahzad Nazir said. Second, they tested their agility with a ladder routine. Then the contestants did 10 sandbag squat presses followed by jump roping. Next, the participants struggled the most with the Zombie Crawl. The last two steps they had to complete were jumping up and over obstacles and ending with throwing disks and balls into baskets and nets.

“The Toro Fitness Challenge is a fun and challenging course that any student can compete in regardless of their fitness level,” Nazir said.

All of the students competed for the physical benefits of the course and a few SE students, like Morgan Olguin, said they will receive extra credit for their kinesiology classes.

The two winning SE students received Nike TCC athletics shirts and Adidas duffle bags to use at their next TCC competition. Both of the winners and other participants said they will attend and compete in the spring events.

Galindo explained why she signed up for the event.

“Fitness is one of the things that is a big part of my life, and I want to get into obstacle races,” she said. “So this, I figured, would be a good starting point.”

Galindo encouraged other students to get active and enter competitions.

“Just do it,” she said. “It’s not about winning. It’s about the physical fitness part, and it’s definitely a work out. So just do it.”

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