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Friday September 20, 2013Iron Gator Challenge Reaches Halfway Point

Gainesville, Fla.

Over the past few weeks, the Gator baseball team has participated in several challenging and diverse events during the Iron Gator Challenge. Events that have been completed so far include the70-yard board push, 20-pound plate pinch, towel hang, team sled push (sled weighing 135 pounds) for 50 yards, 100-pound dumbbell holds, team tug-of- war, sit-ups and medicine ball relay.


According to the Gators’ Strength & Conditioning Coordinator, Paul Chandler, the players have risen to all the challenges day-in and day-out. They have consistently put forth great mental and physical effort and inspired each other to be better as individuals and as a team. Here is what some of the players are saying at this point:


How does the Iron Gator Challenge prepare you for the coming season? 

I think that the Iron Gator Challenge shows how far players are willing to go to better themselves and their teammates. It prepares us mentally and physically for a rigorous season. It shows who is willing to step up and rise to the occasion and exposes the players who aren't giving it their all.” – redshirt junior right-hander Karsten Whitson (Chipley, Fla.)


What are your thoughts on the Iron Gator Challenge so far?

So far, the Iron Gator Challenge has been a big surprise to me because of the character of the guys on the team. It seems that the teams everyone thought would have no chance are crushing everyone. The competition has been good for some teams and others have just given in to defeat. The upcoming weeks will be crucial to the make up of our team as a whole. We will see who comes out on top this week!” – junior infielder Josh Tobias (Greensboro, N.C.)


What has been the hardest thing that you have done so far in UF Baseball’s off-season program? 

To me, the everyday grind has been the toughest. It's day-in, day-out. I have to be mentally prepared for every lift and every workout so that my body can perform the way it should”. – freshman right-hander/infielder Logan Shore (Coon Rapids, Minn.)


 Top Five Gator Pitchers

Karsten Whitson


Logan Shore


Ryan Harris


Keenan Kish


Brett Morales



Top Five Gator Position Players

Josh Tobias


Richie Martin


Braden Mattson


Harrison Bader


Buddy Reed



Overall Team Standings

Team Whitson


Team Harris


Team Shafer


Team Turgeon




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