Last year Keegan won our inaugural SYCO (Scott York Combine) event. That blog post is here. Keegan dominated in the bench press, squat, 10 yd dash, 100 yd dash, and more. No one else was close. This year being a different (and weird) year, I decided to spread out and just use the football field. No bench press, deadlift, or squat competition. Although there wasn’t as much of a strength component, there were a few events that would measure explosive strength, grip, and GPP (general physical preparedness). The majority of the events felt like a pass, punt and kick competition. This was definitely a kinder, gentler approach over last year. Except for mystery event #2 and the eating competition.
“Do I have to have cheese on my burger?” “Do I have to eat every bite?” “Do I get 2 orders of fries or 1?”
These were some of the questions that I constantly got from my athletes leading up to SYCO 2. Everyone was most concerned about the eating contest. It seems word had spread to the uninitiated. Don’t get me wrong, these athletes like to eat but the thought of eating two 3/4lb hamburgers and two orders of french fries within a 30-minute time limit was a little worrisome.
This year we started at 9 am. Here are the events, in order, and the top 5 places for each event. If there is not a 3rd, 4th, or 5th place winner, then they got disqualified for not meeting the minimum level of performance.
Field Goal Kick
1st place: Jake McAnally, 30-yard field goal, 5 points
2nd place: Wyatt Forbes, 27-yard field goal, 4 points
3rd place: Landon Langseth, 25-yard field goal, 3 points
No one else kicked a field goal from the 20-yard line which was the minimum for this event.
Punt For Distance
1st place: Wyatt Forbes, 42 yards, 5 points
2nd place: Jake McAnally, 39 yards, 4 points
3rd place: Keegan Nichols, 37 yards, 3 points
4th place: Gavin Hester, 35 yards, 2 points
5th place: Christian Cockrell, 33 yards, 1 point
Pass For Distance
1st place: Keegan Nichols, 45 yards, 5 points
2nd place: Gavin Hester, 42 yards, 4 points
3rd place: Landon Langseth, 41 yards, 3 points
4th place: Jake McAnally, 39 yards, 2 points
5th place: Wyatt Forbes, 38 yards, 1 point
Football Accuracy Throw
1st place: Reed Roberts, 15 yards, 5 points
2nd place: Gavin Hester, 13 yards, 4 points
3rd place: Christian Cockrell, Jake McAnally (tie), 3 points
No one else made a successful throw from the 10-yard line which was the minimum for this event.
1st place: Jake McAnally, 8’10”, 5 points
2nd place: Keegan Nichols, 8’7″, 4 points
3rd place: Reed Roberts, 8’6 3/4″, 3 points
4th place: Christian Cockrell, 8’6 1/2″, 2 points
5th place: Gavin Hester, 8′ 3 3/4″, 1 point
Description: There are 2 blockers and 1 kickoff returner. From the far 40 yd line, receive the ball and return it as deep into opponents’ territory as possible before getting flag(s) pulled.
1st place: Jake McAnally, advanced the ball to the 28 yd line, 5 points
2nd place: Gavin Hester, Keegan Nichols (tie), advanced the ball to the 29 yd line, 4 points
3rd place: Reed Roberts, advanced the ball to the 32 yd line, 3 points
4th place: Landon Langseth, advanced the ball to the 35 yd line, 2 points
5th place: Wyatt Forbes, advanced the ball to the 37 yd line, 1 point
Mystery Test #1 – Grip Strength
Description: With a 45lb bumper plate in each hand, walk as far as possible.
1st place: Ethan Harris, 39 yards, 10 points
2nd place: Keegan Nichols, 35 yards, 9 points
3rd place: Landon Langseth, 6 yards, 8 points
No one else was able to advance the bumper plates beyond the starting line.
Description: Start in a static position at the start line with your entire body behind the line. Cones are placed at intervals of 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32, and 34 yards from the start line. Run to the first cone (level 1 at 16 yards) and touch the line with your foot. Turn and run back, crossing the start/finish line with any part of your body. You will hear a whistle that finishes the run attempt and designates the start of the 10-second rest period to return to the start position. The judge will then whistle to start the next interval (level 2 at 18 yards). Each interval must be completed in ten seconds by crossing the finish line with some part of your body. You will progress through each interval until you fail to cross the finish line before the ten-second whistle.
1st place: Gavin Hester, 7 cones, 10 points
2nd place: Wyatt Forbes, Reed Roberts, Jake McAnally (tie), 9 points
3rd place: Keegan Nichols, Ethan Harris (tie), 8 points
4th place: Landon Langseth, Christian Cockrell (tie), 7 points
Mystery Test #2 – Wall Ball, Farmers Carry
Description: This drill had a 5:00 minute time cap. 20 wall ball to a 10-foot height with a 20lb Dynamax ball. Then, with an 88lb and a 70lb kettlebell in each hand, farmers walk the kettlebells 200 yards. Finally, complete 20 wall ball to a 10-foot height with a 20lb Dynamax ball. Fastest time to complete the drill wins.
1st place: Gavin Hester, 3:18, 25 points
2nd place: Landon Langseth, 3:23, 20 points
3rd place: Jake McAnally, 3:28, 18 points
4th place: Ethan Harris, 4:22, 16 points
5th place: Keegan Nichols, 4:40, 15 points
note – If the athlete weighs 200lbs or more, use an 88lb and 70lb kettlebell. If the athlete weighs under 200lbs, use a 70lb and 53lb kettlebell.
Description: Eat two 3/4lb hamburgers and two full orders of fries in 30 minutes or less.
1st place: Jake McAnally, 17:55!
2nd place: Landon Langseth, 29:40
note – No one else finished in the 30-minute time limit.
1st place: Jake McAnally, 76 points
2nd place: Landon Langseth, 63 points
3rd place: Gavin Hester, 50 points
4th place: Keegan Nichols, 48 points
5th place: Ethan Harris, 34 points
Congratulations to Jake!
As mentioned, this year’s event felt a little more like a punt, pass, and kick contest and that was just fine. With this many athletes (and helpers), we wanted to get out of a confined space (the gym) and get outside with fresh air and sunshine. Some events were weighted heavier in points than others. Mystery test #2 and the eating contest were worth 25 points each to the winner. Going into the last event, there were 4-5 athletes who had a chance to win IF they could win the eating contest. Mystery test #1 (Grip) and the Interval Run were worth 10 points each to the winner. All of the others were worth 5 points each to the winner. You really needed to do well in Mystery test #2 and the Eating contest in order to have a chance of winning. Next year, we’ll go back to the gym to include some bread and butter events like bench press, squat, and deadlift.
There were a lot of laughs, there was teamwork and support of each other when events (Mystery test #2) got tough. The eating contest is always everyone’s favorite part – at least until the food arrives and the reality hits. I’m still a little shocked that neither Keegan nor Ethan was able to finish in the 30 minute time frame.
On another note, school has begun, college athletes have returned (or gone off) to school and our workout schedule is changing.
Just like every year, we are transitioning to a Fall schedule. Once the smoke clears in a week or so, the athletes will get a better view of their schedules and we will keep our training moving forward. Some athletes will come 1x week, others 2 x week. Athletes will continue to log their food. I’ll continue to check their food logs, provide feedback, and tweak if necessary, each day. Athletes will get weighed once a week to ensure that they continue to gain good weight. Our weight room focus will continue to be data-driven, individualized, and goal-driven. Feedback that I receive regularly is “I wish I had started with you sooner” and “I wish I hadn’t taken the school year off from your training.”
I’m fortunate to have a flexible schedule and to be able to work with my athletes year-round. Thank you, Parents, thank you, Athletes.
P.S. I like to keep my in-person training program small – usually, this means around 8-10 athletes total. A couple of college athletes have gone to college which means I do have 2 spots available as of today. Please contact me if you have an athlete (football, baseball, basketball) who may be interested in my Strength and Performance program and I would be happy to help with any questions.