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03/24/2003
Conway Runs Away With "The Capital Region's Most Fit Male Athlete of 2003" Title

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, March 24, 2003

Image of Runner Nick Conway of Albany captured "The Capital Region's Most Fit Male Athlete of 2003" competition at Hudson Valley Community College this afternoon. Utilizing the equipment and testing capabilities housed in Hudson Valley's new state-of-the-art exercise physiology laboratory, Conway scored 46 points, fending off soccer player Dede Lieshi (33 points) and football player Adriel Linyear (19 points).

Eight area athletes were nominated to participate in "The Capital Region's Most Fit Male Athlete of 2003" competition. The public then registered 3,598 votes at www.hvcc.edu, selecting the three athletes they felt should showcase Hudson Valley's exercise physiology lab. Per the voting public, Conway, Lieshi and Linyear participated in a series of six events geared at determining the fitness level of each athlete.

Image of Dede Lieshi, a 25-year-old midfielder for the New York Capital District Shockers, placed first in the push-ups test.Points were awarded in each of the six events. The events were weighted differently, and members of Hudson Valley's Physical Education department predetermined the number of points awarded in each event. They assigned point values based on the role they believed each event would play in determining an athlete's fitness level.

Conway, who runs for the Willow Street Athletic Club, checked in with a body fat percentage of 2.6, lowest in the competition. The 4:08 miler also took first place in the curl-ups (sit-ups) test, the sit-and-reach test (which measured flexibility) and the Metabolic Cart, also known as a VO2 test. On the Metabolic Cart, the 27-year-old attained 84 milliliters per kilogram, which is near the caliber of an Olympic athlete.

A 25-year-old midfielder for the New York Capital District Shockers, Lieshi placed first in the push-ups test. Lieshi, who lives in Troy, churned out 32 push-ups to the precise rhythm of a metronome.

Image of Adriel Linyear, a 23-year-old wide receiver/linebacker for the af2's Albany Conquest, finished first in the grip strength test.Linyear, a 23-year-old wide receiver/linebacker for the af2's Albany Conquest, finished first in the grip strength test, which utilized a Hand Dynamometer to secure an index of general body strength.

"This was a great opportunity for me and the other athletes," said Conway, who has clocked a 2:31:16 marathon. "This is the first time I've ever been through this kind of testing. You'd really have to travel to find another lab with the capabilities this one has."

In fact, to find another New York State lab with the capabilities of Hudson Valley's lab, you'd have to go to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point or to the Buffalo Bills' training facility in Orchard Park. Hudson Valley's students began using the lab, which measures how exercise impacts the body, 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.

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.