May 13, 2013
EASTON, Pa. - Nearly 150 Lafayette student-athletes, coaches, athletic administration and staff members competed in the second annual Kirchhoff Challenge on Friday, May 10 inside Fisher Stadium. The event, which is a series of challenging physical stations to be completed for time, was started in honor of former Lafayette quarterback Tom Kirchhoff ’93 who himself is battling ALS. The event raised $4,038 donated entirely to Project ALS.
The competition is run by Director of Sports Performance Brad Potts along with Assistant Strength and Conditioning coach Steve Plunkett who are aided by student-athlete and staff volunteers. Competitors participated in 13 events including three in the Maroon Club Strength Center (dumb bell single arm row, overhead press and dead lift) and took to Fisher Stadium for the final 12: heavy bag carry up and down the hill, grass hill climb, land mine deadlift and press, full stadium steps snake, farmer’s carry, prowler pull/push, steeple jump, tire flip, kettle bell carry, sled drag, stadium steps and medicine ball burpees.
Rising junior linebacker Colton Kirkpatrick was the top overall men’s finisher, completing the course in 14:01 followed by Seth Hinrichs, a junior on the men’s basketball team. On the women’s side, senior Kristan Liddle of the women's basketball team was the top finisher, clocking a time of 15:09. Kelly Boyce, a junior on the women’s soccer team, was the second-place finisher in a time of 15:32.
In the staff division, assistant baseball coach Ian Law (18:01) was the top competitor in an illustrious group that included Director of Athletics Bruce McCutcheon and Associate A.D. George Bright. Kristin Ruminski, women’s lacrosse assistant coach, was the top female staff member with a time of 18:46.