EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette student-athletes raised $5,763 during the fourth annual Kirchhoff Challenge on May 1. The event, which is a series of physical tasks completed for time, is named in honor of Tom Kirchhoff '93 who passed away in March 2015 after a five-year battle with A.L.S.
Kirchhoff's youngest son, Ty, completed the course four times. In the student-athlete competition, sophomore lacrosse midfielder Maggie Carver captured the women's title in 9:42 while classmate Jake Newman from the Patriot League championship men's basketball team secured the men's title in 8:58.
In the former/retired student-athlete division, football linebacker Colton Kirkpatrick finished in 9:20 while field hockey goalie Jessica Deutsch ended in 12:30. In the staff division, football offensive coordinator Mickey Fein finished in 11:27 to win on the men's side while assistant field hockey coach Emily Janis completed the course in 10:47.
The team winners were football and field hockey, determined by the average time and amount of money raised per athlete. Football raised $3,225, including a sponsorship account created by junior fullback Dan Dellovade which sought donations from players, friends and families, generating $2,308.
"We greatly appreciate everyone's continued support of this event," said Steve Plunkett, assistant director of sports performance. "We're honored to host this event and we hope for continued growth and participation in years to come."