The Advocare USA Lineman Challenge State Tournament held July 20 presented the Plano Wildcats linemen seven challenges scored for competition plus a tug-o-war tournament that didn’t involve all twenty-four teams but did yield a 3rd Place medal for the Wildcats. The athletes representing Plano were: Allen Coates; Stephen Collins; Andrew Dockrill; Bobby Geibler; Dwayne Hicks; Eric Kim; Steven Murray; Skyler Purcell; Darron Shannon; and, Jeremy Temme.
The challenges were:
Sled Drag – a metal sled with 135 pounds added is tied to the athlete who must drag it 25 yards for time (Geibler, Dockrill, Collins, Purcell, & Temme).Hand-Over-Hand Sled Pull – from a standing position, the athlete pulls a rope tied to a metal sled with 135 pounds of added weight 15 yards for time (Geibler, Hicks, Temme, Dockrill & Shannon).
Medicine Ball Throw – throw the ball for distance in any style, with two attempts per athlete (Shannon, Dockrill, Hicks, Murray & Collins).
Farmer’s Walk – the athlete must grip and carry a special 135 pound barbell in each hand and walk 25 yards for time (Coates, Purcell, Collins, Shannon & Temme).
Truck Push – a Chevy Suburban with driver pushed 50 yards for time by a group of five shoulder-to-shoulder athletes per team (Murray, Temme, Kim, Shannon & Purcell).
Bench Press For Reps – most full-extension reps of 205 pounds (Purcell, Murray, Kim, Dockrill & Shannon).
Team Tire Flip Relay – each of five team athletes in relay flip a full-sized tractor tire end-over-end down the field 25 yards for time (Dockrill, Shannon, Hicks, Purcell & Geibler).
Of note, Darron Shannon was recognized for having the longest medicine ball throw of the tournament, surpassing the next best by two feet.
And, as proof that the sum is greater than any one individual, the Wildcats took home the trophy for 2nd Place Tournament Team.