PSU Players Gearing Up for Lift For Life

The fourth annual Penn State Football Lift For Life® competition is right around the corner and will be held on Friday, July 14 from 2 to 7 p.m. at Holuba Hall. It's a great preview of the 2006 edition of the Nittany Lions. Get a first look at the team make-ups and when they are scheduled to compete.

For those who don't know, the Lift For Life event is a strength and conditioning competition where which Penn State football players compete as teams of four in an 11 event challenge.

The events include:

Leg Curl
Leg Press
Bag Jumps
Field Challenge I (100 lb. plate carry and dolly push)
Barbell Bench Press
Iron Cross
Field Challenge II (same events as Challenge I)
Tire Flip

Each event is scored by max repetitions (to failure or in a timed set) in order to award team points. No breaks are permitted between events and each competitor must compete in every event. The team with the most team points at the end of the competition is declared the Lift For Life Champion - a coveted honor for the players.

The top three teams for the 2005 Lift For Life were:

First Place: We Are Legend

Paul Posluszny
Jim Shaw
Deon Butler
Jim Kanuch

Second Place: NAACP

Levi Brown
Gerald Cadogan
Robert Price
Charles Rush

Third Place: Team P.O.S.

Mark Farris
Jeremy Kapinos
Patrick Hall
Kevin Darling

Here are how the teams are currently assembled along with the preliminary schedule of when they are set to compete. Keep in mind that the incoming freshmen still have to be added to teams and that the teams and schedule may shift.

Team 5 (Cheek, Alford, Johnson, Hayes) 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Team 10 (Pozluszny, Hardy, Jim Shaw, John Shaw) 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Team 13 (P. Cianciolo, J. Cianciolo, Toriello, Miskinis) 2:45 pm - 3:15 pm
Team 1 (Daise, Mauriello, Ream, Zwierzinski) 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Team 18 (Muir, Mauti, Kuzemchak, Kubic) 3:15 pm - 3:45 pm
Team 6 (Harriott, Timmons, Bowman, Johnson) 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Team 11 (Rogers, Harrison, Rheam, Lee) 3:45 pm - 4:15 pm
Team 14 (Ganter, Suhey, Rubin, Weber) 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Team 17 (Lyons, Hill, Bowman, TBA) 4:15 pm - 4:45 pm
Team 16 (L. Brown, Price, T. Shaw, Cadogan) 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Team 15 (Shuler, Landolt, Claude, Cousins) 4:45 pm - 5:15 pm
Team 9 (Boone, Kelly, Waldron, Gummo) 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Team 8 (Connor, Hahn, Ohrnberger, Lucian) 5:15 pm - 5:45 pm
Team 12 (Shipley, Sales, Gaines, Ridenhour) 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Team 4 (Hull, Clark, Scirrotto, Golarz) 5:45 pm - 6:15 pm
Team 2 (Williams, King, Baker, Taylor) 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Team 7 (Kapinos, Darling, Farris, Hall) 6:15 pm - 6:45 pm
Team 3 (Golden, Hunt, Robinson, Kinlaw) 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Several former players are also expected to make the trek back to Happy Valley to attend the event and support their fellow Nittany Lions.

You can support the Penn State players' efforts by visiting Lift For Life's Donation Site, selecting your favorite player, and making a secure donation through their personal page. Be sure to pass it on to all your PSU pals. is proud to once again be the official interactive media partner of Lift For Life. Stay tuned to FOS for updates and full coverage of the event.


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