By Kim Dailey |Staff Writer|
ASI hosted their third annual Coyote vs. Food competition May 10 in the Santos Manuel Student Union lobby. Students gathered around the table, some waiting to participate and others just waiting to watch.
After signing a liability waiver, participants partook in three different rounds of competitive eating. In round one, students had to eat a foot-long “garbage” burrito weighing up to 5 pounds, in 30 minutes or less.
There were eleven competitors, 10 men and one woman. Students tried all different ways to defeat the burrito, but the winner, student Alex Weis, had eaten the whole burrito in only 6 minutes. The time was little over four minutes faster than last years record holder.
“The tortilla was thick which was hard to get through. Eating fast is hard to do,” said Alex Weis. When asked what he liked about the competition he answered, “I like free food!”
Round two, things got a little spicier. Students had to eat four different wings in increasing degrees of hot wing heat.
Competitors had two minutes for the first two rounds and only 1 minute for the last round. The wings started as regular buffalo flavor to a spicy Sriracha, ending in a flaming hot hail fire.
Student Brian Morales was able to put the spice behind him and won the competition against his six other competitors, two of them being women.
Round three was a sweet change for those who competed. A huge bowl of ice cream with sprinkles and marshmallows.
About 10 competitors stood up to the plate to compete. This time the majority of the field were female, and just three men; one of those men being the first and second year dessert winner.
Competitors went face-first into this round, no utensils allowed. Vice President of Finance for ASI Jeffrey Chitterden, entered the competition to keep his title as the first and second annual dessert winner.
Chitterden managed to scoop all the ice cream, not without a brain freeze, and won the third annual title too but he had to forfeit his title to the runner-up competitor because he is on the ASI staff.
Delta Sigma Phi member, John Devine wasn’t far behind Chitterden and was able to claim the title as the new dessert round champion.
The winners of each round won a set of free movie tickets and all those who entered the competition went home with a new t-shirt proving they had competed in the event.
Students who stood by watching seemed to have a blast watching their fellow students and friends quickly shove food in their mouths.
“I find this very entertaining,” said student Alex Heras, who cheered on his friends who entered the challenges.
Heras says he will compete next year if they continue the event. Student Nick Kendle hosted the event and has done so for all three annual Coyote vs. Food challenges.
The Coyote vs. Food challenge drew inspiration from the television hit show Man vs. Food.