Ole Miss finished in second place in the BattleFrog College Championship after a battle with the Army for the national winning title.
That’s right: an Ole Miss team powered through three obstacles courses designed by U.S. Navy SEALS training in Orlando, Florida to try to win the Trident Cup and $10,000.
The BattleFrog College Championship isn’t a gimmick: 16 teams from universities ran the 400-meter relay with over 20 obstacles in a bracket-style, single elimination tournament. The winning funds divided in $2,000 scholarships for each competitor on the winning team as well as $2,000 to the winning team manager. BattleFrog also donated $1,000 to each selected university that competed in the tournament. Each team consisted of two men and two women who are full-time university students.
The Ole Miss team had Kim Duff, Emily Lewis and Jack Coffin and Josh Brenc. In the Ole Miss Newsdesk article by Nathan Webber, Jack Coffin heard about the competition from his twin sister who is a BattleFrog elite captain, and he invited the other three to compete with him. According to the article, Ole Miss was not a contender among the 16 teams until the University of Texas team dropped out at the last minute. The Ole Miss team immediately entered as the first alternate and has soared through the ranks to the final round against the Army team.
According to the website: “The Battlefrog College Championship is the most challenging quarter mile in sports. The course demands speed, strength, skill and teamwork over 20 of the most diabolical obstacles ever devised.”
The past three episodes aired on ESPN2 this week from June 9 to 11. In the past episodes, Ole Miss had quickly risen to second place in the tournament, clocking only seconds behind the Army.
Not only was Ole Miss a formidable opponent to the Army, it also defeated Texas Aggies, Bama and left Virginia Tech in the dust. Here’s a video of the first tournament round with Ole Miss racing Texas Aggies provided by Ian Ward.
In the BattleFrogs’ list of fastest times in the College Championship before the final round Ole Miss and the Army took up the first four spots on the rankings as seen below:
- 1. ARMY 02:25.2 Quarterfinals
- 2. MISSISSIPPI 02:30.3 Quarterfinals
- 3. ARMY 02:40.6 Qualifying
- 4. MISSISSIPPI 02:42.0 Qualifying
- 5. VA TECH 02:43.8 Quarterfinals
- 6. PENN STATE 02:48.6 Rd. of 16
- 7. MISSISSIPPI 02:58.2 Rd. of 16
- 8. VA TECH 02:58.3 Qualifying
- 9. VIRGINIA 02:59.1 Quarterfinals
- 10. VIRGINIA 02:59.2 Rd. of 16
Tonight ESPNU will air the BattleFrog championship at 8 p.m. for those who either missed the tournament or want to relive Ole Miss’ might through the wild obstacle course. Hotty Toddy!
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