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4th SOPS wins fourth straight 4-fit challenge

Competitors from around the base compete in the team push-up competition during the fourth annual 4-Fit Challenge May 29. Organizations from across the base form teams to compete in the annual event, hosted by the 4th Space Operations Squadron. The squadron won the overall event, marking the fourth consectutive year it has done so. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Stacy Foster)

Competitors from around the base compete in the team push-up competition during the fourth annual 4-Fit Challenge May 29. Organizations from across the base form teams to compete in the annual event, hosted by the 4th Space Operations Squadron. The squadron won the overall event, marking the fourth consectutive year it has done so. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Stacy Foster)

By Staff Sgt. Stacy Foster

50th Space Wing Public Affairs

Four seemed to be the number of the day yet again in the fourth annual 4-Fit Challenge, held at the base track May 29.

The 4th Space Operations Squadron challenges base organizations annually to a fitness competition. The squadron has won the overall event each year.

This year would be no different as 4th SOPS took home the trophy yet again, finishing first in all but two of the 15 events.

“Winning the fourth annual 4-Fit Challenge for the fourth time is certainly special to 4th SOPS,” said Lt. Col. Tommy Roberts, 4th SOPS commander. “We look forward to winning the fifth annual event as well, but we’re ready for a challenge from all comers.”

There has been more and more interest from other units on the base, narrowing the gap each year between the different units that compete.

“Each year we’ve seen more interest from the other units on base,” said 1st Lt. Meagan Thrush, 4th SOPS event organizer. “It really comes down to putting together teams for every event in order to be competitive.”

The results of this year’s challenge were:

Team sit-ups:

First place – 4th Space Operations Squadron team 1

Second place – 4th SOPS team 2

Third place – 2nd Space Operations Squadron team 2

Team push-ups:

First place – 4th SOPS team 1

Second place – 2nd SOPS team 1

Third place – 2nd SOPS team 2

Team tug-of-war:

First place – 4th SOPS

Second place – 2nd SOPS

Third place – 3rd SOPS

Men’s 5k run:

First place – Mel Watson, Missile Defense Agency

Second place – Senior Airman Jeremy Hall, 50th Space Communications Squadron

Third place – 2nd Lt. Cameron Cunningham, 4th SOPS

Women’s 5k run:

First place – Capt. Susan Lewandowski, 2nd SOPS

Second place – 1st Lt. Caitlin Diffley, 2nd SOPS

Third place – Capt. Meagan Tovado, 4th SOPS

Men’s 1600m run:

First place – 1st Lt. Brett Hickman, 4th SOPS

Second place – 2nd Lt. Nathan Collins, 2nd SOPS

Third place – 1st Lt. Joseph Klosinski, 4th SOPS

Women’s 1600m run:

First place – Capt. Meagan Tovado, 4th SOPS

Second place – Airman Amy Vanderwater, 4th SOPS

Third place – 2nd Lt. Laura Simmons, 4th SOPS

Men’s 100m run:

First place – 1st Lt. Paul Stinson, 4th SOPS

Second place – Airman 1st Class Matthew Cleveland, 4th SOPS

Third place – 2nd Lt. Eric Shaver, 50th SCS

Women’s 100m run:

First place – Airman 1st Class Tiffany Kearney, 4th SOPS

Second place – 1st Lt. Rebecca Casey, 4th SOPS

Men’s 4x100m relay:

First place – 4th SOPS team 1

Second place – 4th SOPS team 2

Third place – National Reconnaissance Office Operations Squadron team 1

Women’s 4x100m relay:

First place – 4th SOPS

Men’s 400m run:

First place – Airman 1st Class Matthew Cleveland, 4th SOPS

Second place – 2nd Lt. Eric Shaver, 50th SCS

Third place – Capt. Jason Chism, 3rd Space Operations Squadron

Women’s 400m run:

First place – 1st Lt. Rebecca Casey, 4th SOPS

Second place – Airman 1st Class Brandi Barthold, 4th SOPS

Men’s 4x400m relay:

First place – 4th SOPS team 1

Second place – 3rd SOPS team 1

Third place – 50th SCS

Women’s 4x400m relay:

First place – 4th SOPS

After the track and field events were finished, 4th SOPS hosted an ultimate football tournament on the track infield. In the championship game, it was 4th SOPS over 3rd SOPS to cap the day with yet another victory.

“The event is a success each year primarily because of the support we get from the base and community,” said Lieutenant Thrush. “If not for that, there would be no 4-Fit Challenge.”

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