The Fall Nationals, commonly referred to as a “soap-box derby on steroids,” took place on the William Smith Hill on Saturday. Matthew Mead ’13 of Team Cess Clothing Co. was declared the 2010 winner, earning the highly coveted prize of bragging rights.
Five teams competed in the race down the hill; James Baker ’96 of Woodland Hills, Calif., with assistance from Alumni House; Mead with Cess Clothing Co.; Brian Burbank ’11 representing the Druids; John Heavey ’09 with support from the Office of Communications; and Andrew Coogan ’12 of Chi Phi.
In the preliminary heats, Baker, Mead, and Coogan battled it out, while Burbank and Heavey went head-to-head. The championship race featured Mead vs. Coogan, with Mead prevailing, while Heavey and Burbank met again in the clash for third place. Heavey finished third.
A long-standing tradition at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, the Fall Nationals began in the late 1970s to take the place of Homecoming. In addition to the derby-which requires entered vehicles only to have wheels with some sort of braking and steering mechanisms-the event has been known to include tug-of-war and pie eating contests.
“This is a great event to help close the generation gap between students, faculty, and staff,” Hobart Student Government President Hunter LaCroix ’12 stated. “It’s a great way to keep the traditional spirit alive in a new era.”