High School Athletes Will Test Their Skills During CaroMont Community Challenge
In the world of sports, athletes are constantly challenged, both personally
and competitively, to better themselves and take their fitness to the
next level. On Saturday, May 14, high school student athletes will have
a chance to test their athleticism and showcase their skills at the CaroMont
Community Challenge. The Combine, open to athletes in ninth through twelfth
grades, will be held at Stuart W. Cramer High School located at 101 Lakewood
Road, Belmont beginning at 8:30 a.m.
“The Combine is intended to be an interactive and educational experience
for our high school athletes,” said Trent Hayes, Athletic Trainer
at CaroMont Health. “It’s an opportunity for them to show
off their hard work and gain training tips to enhance their skill set,
particularly for athletes who want to pursue sports at the college level.”
Combines have long been used by the National Football League (NFL) for
scouting purposes where college football players perform physical and
mental tests in front of NFL coaches, managers and scouts. Combines continue
to gain popularity in many sports, not just professional football, as
a way to evaluate up and coming prospects through standardized evaluation
exercises that measure speed, agility and overall performance.
Through a partnership with Gaston County Schools, CaroMont Athletic Trainers
work with student athletes throughout the year as their health advocate
with injury prevention and therapeutic intervention as needed, as well
as general health and wellness management. CaroMont Athletic Trainers
will be on-site at the combine event to administer the key components
of the Combine and offer tips to improve overall performance. This year
will be the second time holding an athletic combine event at the CaroMont
Community Challenge. More than 45 students competed in the combine last year.
“College recruiting has changed over the years with a lot of it being
done online through recruiting websites,” said Hayes. “Students
and their coaches can use their scores from the Combine to compare progress
from year to year.”
Athletes will participate in five drills that include a 40-yard dash, shuttle
(side-to-side exercise), vertical leap, sit and reach (flexibility assessment)
and strength exercise with a bench press (135 and 185-pound weights).
Drill results will be provided to high school coaches after the event.
“The athletic combine is unique in that it is a community-wide event
that exposes athletes in all sports, regardless of their activity level,
to timed exercise drills,” said Janet Brightman, Director, Ambulatory
Services at CaroMont Health. “Participation in this event is also
another way for our community, particularly our students, to get excited
about their health through physical activity.”
The combine is free, and interested athletes are encouraged to talk to
their high school coach and register in advance online at www.caromontcommunitychallenge.org.
The duration of drill times will vary depending on what students are participating
in, but most athletes will be able to complete drills in 30 minutes or
less. Students, coaches, friends and family are invited to come out to
support and cheer on participants.
To register and learn more about the main event, the CaroMont Community
Challenge, please visit