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Athletic combine tests Airman fitness

The third annual Schriever athletic combine furthered the 50th Space Wing’s priority of investing in a culture of exceptional service and community for Team Schriever and their families by providing an outlet for Airman to engage in physical activity to test their athletic ability among friendly competition. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman William Tracy)

The third annual Schriever athletic combine furthered the 50th Space Wing’s priority of investing in a culture of exceptional service and community for Team Schriever and their families by providing an outlet for Airman to engage in physical activity to test their athletic ability among friendly competition. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman William Tracy)

Ikenna Olelewe, 4th Space Operations Squadron, sprints during the cone agility exercise at the third annual Schriever athletic combine at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016.  Participants competed in the combine for an opportunity to win points toward the Commander’s Cup. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman William Tracy)

Ikenna Olelewe, 4th Space Operations Squadron, sprints during the cone agility exercise at the third annual Schriever athletic combine at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. Participants competed in the combine for an opportunity to win points toward the Commander’s Cup. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman William Tracy)

Ikenna Olelewe, 4th Space Operations Squadron, pushes a tire during the third annual Schriever athletic combine at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. The competition had a variety of events designed to test participants’ overall athletic ability. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman William Tracy)

Ikenna Olelewe, 4th Space Operations Squadron, pushes a tire during the third annual Schriever athletic combine at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. The competition had a variety of events designed to test participants’ overall athletic ability. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman William Tracy)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

Schriever Airmen put their athletic skills to the test during the third annual Schriever athletic combine Friday, Sept. 9 at the fitness center.

Participants took part in a variety of exercises, including tire-flipping, vertical jump and 40-yard dash to determine who would come out on top.

Each activity was designed to give participants a well-rounded athletic ability challenge.

"The combine is a good mix of muscular strength and endurance as well as speed and agility," said Seth Cannello, Schriever Fitness Center director. "All these different aspects make for a good event and a true challenge."

Nathaniel Hruby, 1st Space Operations Squadron, took first place in the competition for male participants. He was impressed by the challenge presented here, despite not being new to athletic combines.

"I was a lacrosse player in college, we used to do combines every year," said Hruby. "My favorite thing to do was the 40-yard dash, I hadn't done one since college. However, the cone agility drill at this competition was pretty difficult because it got slippery out on the grass and I kept losing traction."

The agility drill was also a challenge for Mary Wilson, 26th Space Aggressor Squadron, who took first place for females.

"The slipping and sliding on the grass was a struggle," laughed Wilson. “You know where you want to go but your shoes are going the other way."

While Wilson and Hruby were the definite winners, the second place slot for the males was left at a tie.

As unexpected as it was, Cannello made an on-the-spot decision to make the tie-breaker a free throw competition. After a few practice shots, Ikenna Olelewe took second honors.

"We never had a tie happen before," said Cannello. “With so many events we didn't think we'd have one. So I thought a free-throw competition would be a fair decision maker."

Despite the intense competition, Cannello said he would like to see more participants next year.

"Last year, we had more people signed up before the event started. This year, a lot of people didn't show up so I hope attendance increases for the next combine," said Cannello. “All sporting events are available and it's something fun to do. If you can take the time from work we encourage you to come out and participate."

For more information on other sports and fitness events, call the fitness center at 567-6628.

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