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Velocity combine to test students' strength

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Students from several metro schools will take place in a combine at the end of the month to test their athletic skills and strength. Students from several metro schools will take place in a combine at the end of the month to test their athletic skills and strength.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) - Round two of the NFL draft is Friday, and almost all the players who will be picked went through the NFL combine.

Later this month, students from several metro high schools will test their bodies to see where they stack up and prepare for the fall and winter sports seasons.

At the end of the month the students will take part in a combine challenge put on by CNOS Foundation Velocity Sports Performance.

Among the exercises tested will be the 40 yard dash, standing broad jump, vertical jump, and pro agility.
   
The challenge tests full athletic ability, but the most common misconception among athletes is that their 40 time is the only thing that matters.

"What we really emphasize here is strength and power through an entire range of motion," said CNOS Foundation Velocity Sports Performance director Tedi Andrews. "Some kids think that if they can bench their weight or if they can bench a certain number, they're automatically going to be an athlete."

Andrews, a trainer at North, says that in her two years of coaching combine exercises, 11 of her athletes have gone on to compete at the college level.

She's even had non-athletes take the challenges just to get in better shape.
   
The students value the combine as a way to gauge their performance.

"I think it's nice because it gives you a pretty set range of where you're at strength-wise," North junior Kevin Perez said. "It gives you a chance to try and improve yourself."

Sports media will take the combine challenge on Wednesday to set a benchmark for the students.
   
KTIV's Nick Filipowski will take part.
   
The student combine will take place at Olsen Stadium on May 28.
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