Olympics 2017 – the Mustang way

This third annual event saw seven West Valley High School on-campus clubs compete in events they may (not) be used to

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Andrew Wisher (left) withstood the other boys in Kajabi, to bring one home for the ROTC team.

■ By Corey Evan / Sports Reporter

The Olympic Games bring the entire world together every other year. Bringing the Mustang community together was the end product of the 3rd annual Mustang Olympics on Friday.
Seven teams took to the field, gym and swimming pool, in a series of five physical and mental races in an effort to win additional funds for their clubs. It was relatively low-key, but any fans (parents) who showed up had to bear with moving around a lot, so the fans also got in their daily steps.
“These aren’t your normal events,” stated Coach Thomas Windmiller.

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The Smart Game involved constructing a freestanding structure out of marshmallows and uncooked spaghetti.

“‘Cause we don’t want an unfair advantage for, let’s say the track team …we don’t wanna have a sprint. We come up with these crazy games that level the playing field, where we have cheer competing against band, and track competing against ROTC, where they don’t usually compete against each other.”
The games started out in the gym, as two teams at a time took to the gym floor in a game where they would out-grab, outthrust and outsmart… Hungry, Hungry Hippos. The Aerophysics and Cross-country teams wound up in a tie, each team scoring the points for this event.
While that was going on, one boy and one girl from each team took to the gridiron in a seven-person tug of war known as ‘Kajabi.’ The girls went first, followed by the boys. Joelle Hameister out-tugged all the other girls to win it for Aerophysics, while Andrew Wisher withstood the other boys to bring one home for the ROTC team.
After winners were declared, both teams reconvened in the gym for a modified version of broomball… using pool noodles. Once again, two teams at a time competed, until it was whittled down to the Aerophysics team.
Game number four (The Smart Game) saw teams working as one, as they had exactly seven minutes and 11 seconds to engineer the best freestanding tower they could… using marshmallows and dry spaghetti noodles. The Aerophysics team almost had the win, but the spire slowly fell off their tower after time ran out. Instead, West Valley’s PLUS squad would prove to be the engineering masters of the day.

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The top two teams went for an extra $100 in this inner tube relay.

The final game was a quadrathalon: Two members of each team took turns to make and throw paper aircrafts across the auxiliary field. To complicate this leg of the race, they had to throw their creations into the wind! From there, they had to tag their waiting teammates, one of each gender, waiting on bicycles to make a lap each around the track, before tagging their runner after the second biker’s lap to run to the pool, tag their swimmer to hop in and make one lap of the pool to end the race. That, too, was won by the Aerophysics team.
The overall results are in, and here they are:
In a tie for fourth place with 24 points each were the PLUS squad and the Cross-Country team.
Taking third with a respectable 28 points was the Track team.
Second best with a high-five worthy 36 points was the NJROTC team.
And the undisputed $400 winners with a whopping 50 points were the Aerophysics team. Not content to leave well enough alone, the Aerophysics and NJROTC teams agreed to a bonus Innertube Relay across the pool for an extra $100, where six members of each team (three on either side of the pool) took turns to pull themselves across the water whilst seated in an innertube. Again, the Aerophysics team proved that they had what it took, and took home the extra C-note for their program.
While it’s not West Valley’s most popular sporting event, it certainly was an Olympiad not to be forgotten. And don’t forget to watch our footage of this year’s Mustang Olympics at thevalleychronicle.com!

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