Dustin Wharton broke records in the clean and combined clean, squat and bench press during the winter training period.
March 4, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team concluded a record-breaking winter training program with the annual Super Star Olympics on Thursday morning, competing in events between Yates Field House, Kehoe Field, McDonough Arena and Multi-Sport Field. The Hoyas were divided into six separate teams and competed in seven different events.
The final day events were a reward for the Hoyas strong performance in the weight room through the winter. The football team's Sports Performance Coach Carl Johnson, along with Sean Foster, Cam Williams Josh Patulski, Tom Sovocool, Jack Langley and Kevin Carlson, guided the team through morning workouts to improve individual strength, speed and agility.
Junior linebacker Dustin Wharton (LaVale, Md./Allegany) was among the Hoyas to set new weight room records, by cleaning 380 pounds. He also broke Frank Terrazzino's 10-year old Georgetown record in the combined clean, bench press and squat, moving 1400 pounds between the three lifts. Junior tight end Daniel Sprotte (Garden City, N.Y./Chaminade) set a new record in the clean and jerk with 325 pounds, while sophomore defensive tackle Jordan Richardson (Watkinsville, Ga./Athens Academy) snatched 250 pounds, also a Georgetown record.
"I feel like this was the most intense training experience I have been a part of since I got here," Richardson said. "I felt like this is the strongest team we have ever had from the top to the bottom. The strongest guys are stronger than ever and the skill guys are lifting like combos. I have never seen so many guys excited to lift in the mornings and I loved being a part of that atmosphere."
Johnson kicked off the morning with an event called, "The Genius and the Loglift," as each team designated one member to solve a math problem, before other members raced to see how many repetitions it could perform on the log lift. Sophomore offensive lineman Michael Kasten (Freehold, N.J./Freehold) looked like an early MVP candidate in the event, but the team including junior Dustin Wharton (LaVale, Md./Allegany) and junior Thomas Gallagher (Sequim, Wash./Sequim) earned the victory.
Teams competed next in the basketball hotshot competition, where teams earned points for made shots from the free throw line, from three-point range and in the paint. The team named Fino's Fitness Factory earned the victory. The Hoyas moved to Kehoe Field for the Farmer's Carry, where teams were tasked with moving over 400 pounds, 200 yards in the quickest amount of time, as Jordan Richardson and Daniel Sprotte were among the winning team's leaders.
Each team selected its lightest player for the doughnut eating contest, as junior running back Dalen Claytor proved dominant. Claytor came up with a winning strategy, mashing three doughnuts together and eating three at a time to finish the six within two minutes, as Justin Froncek finished second.
The van pull has been a staple of the Hoyas Super Star Olympics, but this year the strength coaching staff added an extra condition. Six football players were placed in the van, as each team selected its strongest player to pull the van the length of the parking lot in front of McDonough Arena. Gallagher was able to pull the van across the finish line in 28 seconds for the win.
The team's combination of speed and power was on display in the Prowler Relay Race. Teams had a player sprint to the 25 yard line and back, the 50 yard line and back, the opposite 25 and back and to the opposing goal line and back, before a combination of players pushed the prowler 200 yards. The team featuring Nick Alfieri, Mitchell Black, Hunter Books, Xander Carpousis, Will Carrol, Gallagher, Harrison Glor, Matt MacZura, Malcolm Caldwell-Meeks, Kyle Nolan, Matthew Satchel and Wharton came out on top and earned the overall team victory.
The days final event was the Tug of War, with each team selected six members to compete. The team consisting of Jonathan Brucia, Hunter Kiselick, Troye Bullock, Kevin Liddy, John Alexander and Mike Roland earned an upset victory to conclude the morning and the winter training session.