Warriors train with Marines, Part II
The highlight of the Hawaii basketball team’s training session at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii was a run through the obstacle course.
The course featured numerous hurdles that required the Warriors to use strength, balance, and technique to get from beginning to end. Sophomore guard Bobby Miles said it took “every part” of the body to complete the course.
“I have muscles I didn’t even know I had,” Miles added. “But it was good.”
The course featured pull-up bars, high hurdles, a 6-foot wall and balancing logs. At the end of the course, a thick rope dangles from the sky. The players were required to climb the 25-foot long rope to complete the course.
The players were allowed to practice on the course one time before they split into two separate squads for a relay race through the course.
“It was hard – did it though, got through it,” senior Zane Johnson said. “The ropes is definitely one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.”
The Warriors did the training session with the Marines early on a Saturday morning. Normally, they would be training in the sand at Waikiki Beach on a Saturday morning.
“Exhausting – when I first looked at it, I didn’t think it was that hard, but when you start doing it, it’s a workout,” freshman Brandon Jawato said. “I rather be at the beach than be here.”
Hauns Brereton and Pi’i Minns were the fastest Warriors on the obstacle course, with Christian Standhardinger and Garrett Jefferson also putting in impressive performances. But in the end, none of that mattered. Every one of the 14 Warriors was able to complete the course, drawing praise from the Marine instructors.
“That’s harder than I thought – super hard,” junior Vander Joaquim said. “I finished, that’s all that matters. I didn’t beat my teammate, but I finished. That was the point.”