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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.”

8 Comments

  1. Yes, Sir, TEAM!
    Marine & Warrior are synonymous now.
    It is more amazing that you got that done for the very first time.
    Hauns has ‘Star Quality'; Bobby, Garrett & Pi’i are ‘the Pleasant Surprises’.
    Hawaii appreciate & proud!

  2. next time wear your ankle braces…dropping that high isn’t good for bad ankles, knees and everything else

  3. Gotta give the kids credit, and thank the Marine Corps, too. Now, inquiring minds want to know, did the reporter or head coach give the obstacle course a shot? Good stuff, Dayton. Thanks.

  4. Kudos all around, and many thanks for the entertaining coverage, Dayton.

    It’s so nice to be able to watch the bonds developing among the members of this team, and their coaches … and it’s evident that they all appreciate your superb chronicling of their adventures, as well. Warrior Insider is the best!

  5. The only staff member to try the obstacle course was strength and conditioning coordinator Chris McMillan. As you might expect, he went through it pretty quick.

    As for me? I conveniently “forgot” to sign the waiver form and thus was not allowed to participate.

  6. Dayton — Thanks for Your Sacrifice …
    Someone’s got to run the videocam for the rest of us

  7. thanks for the update, I am wondering if any recruits will be making visits before signing day.

  8. love it. they’re gonna be in top shape this year to run up and down the court. i also loved it as each team member was cheered and encouraged on by their other team mates. one more month!

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