Brackett and company come out on top in the Penn State football team's annual fund-raising challenge. The Nittany Lions raised nearly $100,000 this year, a record total.
The preliminary results are in for Penn State
's eighth annual Lift For Life Challenge, held in a steamy Holuba Hall Friday.
Pre-event favorites OH Jersey, led by Uplifting Athletes outgoing president Brett Brackett, dominated the field in the 13-event strength and conditioning challenge that raised money and awareness for the fight against cancer.
This year, the Nittany Lions generated a record $98,461.35 for their cause, pushing their all-time total beyond the half-million dollar mark.
Brackett, a senior receiver, was joined on the winning team by defensive end Jack Crawford, fullback Michael Zordich and a late replacement, linebacker Gerald Hodges.
Linebacker Mike Mauti was slated to be part of the team, but the PSU strength and conditioning staff decided to hold him out for precautionary reasons. Mauti tore an ACL last preseason.
Finishing second was the first team to go Friday, We Pay to Play. The unique aspect of that group is that it was comprised entirely of walk-ons -- Derek Day, Evan Lewis, Brian Irvin and Kyle Johnson.
Another pre-event favorite, Let's Go Boys, came in third. It included linebackers Chris Colasanti, Nate Stupar and Bani Gbadyu, as well as defensive end Jonathan Stewart.
Taking fourth was Secondary Element, which included a nice mix of size (offensive linemen Quinn Braham and Chima Okoli) and speed (defensive backs Shelton McCullough and Mike Wallace).
Fifth in the preliminary standings was Put Down the Doughnut, Babe, which was comprised of offensive linemen Ty Howle, John Urschel, DeOn'tae Pannell and Eric Shrive.
All money raised at the Lift For Life Challenges goes to the Kidney Cancer Association.