CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's basketball team took part in a strength and conditioning exercise with the men and women of Naval Air Station Corpus Christi on Wednesday morning. The Islanders went through the Marine Combat Fitness Test on the base starting at 6 a.m.
The CFT consists of three events – a half-mile sprint, the ammo can press, and the Maneuver Under Fire course. In the ammo can press, individuals have two minutes to vertically press a 30-pound ammo can as many times as possible.
The Maneuver Under Fire course simulates scenarios that Marines might encounter in combat during urban warfare. Included in this are sprints, crawls, equipment carries and casualty retrieval drills.
The Islanders were broken into two teams for the CFT, and were graded for their performance in each event, with the winner taking home a custom CFT trophy – an engraved ammo can – presented to them by Col. Dave Krebs.
"This was an unbelievable success today," head coach Willis Wilson said. "The goal was to emphasize teamwork, chemistry and pushing our players to an extreme level, and we saw all those characteristics come out today. We do a lot to work with guys on their character individually, but today was all about the character of the team and that was outstanding."
Another major reason for the success was the interaction between the players and the soldiers on the base.
"To have the Marines of NAS-Corpus Christi not just leading our players but working alongside them and interacting with them was so special," Wilson added. "Our guys have a tremendous respect and admiration for the Marines, and that added another level to what was a fantastic day for Islanders Basketball."