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03/12/2003
Public Picks Three For "The Capital Region's Most Fit Male Athlete of 2003" Competition

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, March 12, 2003

In a 19-day period, the public registered 3,598 votes at www.hvcc.edu for "The Capital Region's Most Fit Male Athlete of 2003" competition, which will be held at Hudson Valley Community College from 3 to 5 p.m. on March 24. Of the eight athletes nominated for the competition, the public selected three to showcase Hudson Valley's new exercise physiology laboratory, which is located in the Joseph L. Bruno Stadium.

"The Capital Region's Most Fit Male Athlete of 2003" competition, which is being held to introduce the public to Hudson Valley's new exercise physiology lab, will consist of a series of tests and events geared at determining the fitness level of each athlete. Points will be awarded in each category to determine an overall winner.

Hudson Valley's students began using the college's new exercise physiology lab this term. The lab supports a partnership between Hudson Valley and The Sage Colleges, which allows students to earn a bachelor's degree in physical education entirely on Hudson Valley's campus. 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 three men who will be invited to vie for "The Capital Region's Most Fit Male Athlete of 2003" title are:

  1. Nick Conway, who received 908 votes (25.2 percent). A 5-foot-11, 155-pound member of the Willow Street Athletic Club, an Albany-based running team that travels the country to compete, Conway has clocked a 4:08 mile. A Union College graduate, the 27-year-old lives in Albany. Conway completed the 2000 Las Vegas Marathon in 2:31:16, and he holds 10 Willow Street Athletic Club records.
  2. Dede Lieshi, who received 785 votes (21.8 percent). The 25-year-old Lieshi is the leading scorer for the New York Capital District Shockers, a QCSL World Cup Indoor League team. Born in Kosovo, the 5-foot-9, 165-pound midfielder makes his home in Troy. He helped the Shockers post an 18-4 regular-season record this year, and he scored four goals in the squad's most recent game, a 7-4 victory over Albania.
  3. Adriel Linyear, who received 492 votes (13.7 percent). A 6-foot-2, 210-pound Arena Football player, he is a wide receiver/defensive back for the af2's Albany Conquest. A Shaker High School graduate, the 23-year-old Linyear lives in Latham and works for The College of Saint Rose. In 2002, Linyear tallied 15 receptions for 174 yards and four touchdowns for the Conquest. He also had 22.5 tackles.

If any of the three athletes listed above cannot participate in "The Capital Region's Most Fit Male Athlete of 2003" competition, Tom Dalton will be invited. A Schenectady-based runner who has won the Corporate Challenge 13 times, Dalton finished fourth in the voting. The 44-year-old received 470 votes (13.1 percent).

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.