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02/20/2003
Hudson Valley Set To Host "The Capital Region's Most Fit Male Athlete of 2003" Competition

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, February 19, 2003

Web-savvy sports enthusiasts can log onto www.hvcc.edu to vote for the area athletes they'd like to see compete in Hudson Valley Community College's "The Capital Region's Most Fit Male Athlete of 2003" competition. The public can vote for three of the eight athletes listed, and the top three vote-getters will be invited to participate in a competition that will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. on Monday, March 24 and will utilize the college's new exercise physiology laboratory, which is located in the Joseph L. Bruno Stadium.

In alphabetical order, here's a list of the athletes voters can choose from:

  1. Nick Conway, a runner, has clocked a 4:08 mile;
  2. Tom Dalton, a runner, is a 13-time Corporate Challenge winner;
  3. Frank Houghtaling, a boxer, is the IBC junior welterweight world-title holder;
  4. Dede Lieshi, a soccer player, is the leading scorer for the C.D. Shockers;
  5. Adriel Linyear, a football player, is wide receiver/linebacker for the Albany Conquest;
  6. J.C. Ruid, a hockey player, is a center for the Adirondack IceHawks;
  7. Matt Vittengl, a football player, is a fullback/linebacker for the Albany Conquest;
  8. and Gary Wilcox, a boxer, is the New York State cruiserweight champion.

Hudson Valley's students began using the college's new exercise physiology lab this term. To find another New York State lab with the capabilities of Hudson Valley's lab, which measures how exercise impacts the body, you'd have to travel to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point or to the Buffalo Bills' facility in Orchard Park.

"The Capital Region's Most Fit Male Athlete of 2003" competition will consist of four categories: VO2 max, which measures aerobic capacity; flexibility, which refers to an individual's ability to move a joint through its entire range of motion; muscular endurance, which will be tested through curls and push ups; and body composition, which will be tested via the BOD POD, an advanced machine that achieves measurements through air displacement. Points will be awarded in each of the four categories to determine an overall winner.

The voting period will end on Monday, March 10, at which point the three participants will be announced.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 50 degree and certification programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunity Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 11,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has graduated more than 55,000 students.