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“Analysts of VO2MAX and Sports efficiency”

Running and cycling are two activities that require a lot of oxygen, but which activity requires more? Graduate student Max Miller sought out to answer that question. 

Miller presented his research, “Analysts of VO2MAX and Sports efficiency”, at the 2022 Piedmont Symposium. VO2MAX is the maximum rate of oxygen consumption measured during incremental exercise. Miller conducted his exercise on the different VO2MAXs of runners and cyclists. “I grew up doing all the endurance sports from running, swimming and biking,” said Miller. “There is a friendly competition between all runners and cyclists on who actually is the better endurance athlete, and I wanted to find out myself.”  

There were several tests that Miller conducted with the eight athletes that participated in the study, all testing each athlete’s oxygen consumption.  

“I was so excited on how different the runners’ and cyclists’ VO2MAX differed between the two sports,” said Miller, “finding out that runners are extremely affected compared to the cyclists not being affected really at all.”  

Each test conducted by Miller proved that cyclists were less affected than the runners, proving that they have better oxygen consumption. “I was excited to see the VO2 values that our athletes achieved,” said Gregory Ryan, associate professor of health sciences. “Runners tend to underperform on the bike compared to the treadmill, while cyclists do not usually see the same decline.” 

With Ryan’s help, Miller is planning to publish his study in the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). The plan is to add this study to the ACSM journal next year, which will be a huge accomplishment for both Miller and Ryan. “Research coming out of the master’s program at Piedmont University shows how well the program can be for a student’s future,” said Miller. “The health and human performance master’s program is only 2 years old, and it would be really good for a student like myself to help put the program on the map.”  

Ryan credits Miller with taking on the bulk of the study. “Max did the vast majority of his project,” said Professor Ryan. “I helped him become familiar with the metabolic cart and apparatus for his testing, but he collected all of his data.” 

Miller has been working on his presentation for two years and he is happy that he is done with it. “It has been a long and hard road here at Piedmont,” said Miller. “I’m just glad that I finally got to show others all the work that I had been doing and really happy that everyone appreciated my challenging work.” 

Max Miller…Student to Coach!

Failing at something is one of the hardest things to deal with, especially when you have worked so hard to get to that point in life. And when it happens everyone tells you, “You have to fail before you succeed,” or “Try harder next time and hope for the best.” This was the case for Max Miller, former athlete and now a graduate student here at Piedmont University. 

Born a twin on Jan. 1, 1999, Miller seemed to be a lucky kid from the start of his life, but in his own words “life happens.” Miller ran cross country and track & field at River Ridge high school in Woodstock, Georgia. “At the beginning of high school, I wanted to run,” Miller said. “Then towards the end of my high school career, it was no longer a goal until I hit track season and started performing at a level, I thought was possible.”  

This “level” allowed Miller to be recruited by Piedmont University, to compete at the colligate level in cross country and track & field. “I never heard of Piedmont when I was in high school until they started recruiting my twin sister for hurdles,” Miller said. “After looking at some of their times, I signed up for a recruiting visit and got the same treatment as her. Then I came, and she did not. So, I stayed to run and study in the athletic training program.”  

Piedmont’s athletic training program is one of the best in Georgia ranking fourth behind University of Georgia, Georgia Southern University and Georgia College & State University. It requires some of the hardest courses on campus, and many students change majors. In the case of Miller, adversity struck his senior year, but he was prepared to face it head-on with the next step in his life. “I failed out of the A.T program, so things change, and life happens,” Miller said. “I had some environmental factors come in last year, I was athletic training all the way up until last spring and then I was forced to change master’s programs into health and human performance.” 

Now enrolled in the graduate program, Miller is excited about the potential opportunities in the field. “With that master’s program, you pretty much do one thing and that is become an athletic trainer,” Miller said. “Now with health and human performance, I can do a lot of things, which includes being a coach for many different sports. I am currently doing my internship with the Piedmont University track team, and I have loved every second of it.” 

My Story

My name is Christophe Donsereaux, but as many would guess, I would rather be called by Chris. I am a Sports Communication Major here at Piedmont. I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on August 6, 2001, to young but loving parents. I have 3 sisters and 2 brothers who are all younger than I am.

August 29, 2005, changed my life forever. When Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana, I was too young to understand the magnitude of the situation that was going on. All I knew was that I was leaving the home I had known since I was born. We moved all the way to Virginia during the storm before returning to New Orleans when it was safe. I was still in pre-k and did not know what was going on. I finished out that year and my kindergarten year before I was told I would be moving again. 

I moved to Sandy Springs, Georgia in June of 2008 to attend the rest of my elementary school years at Spalding Drive elementary. Leaving my mother to live with my father was a challenging thing to do because I was closer to my mother than my father at the time. Things took an awkward turn when I told my mother I did not want to return to Louisiana. I had found a group of friends and a sport that I was really interested in (basketball) and did not want to give up all that. 

Upon my entry to high school in 2015, I had never thought about running track or any other sport. I was strictly basketball. Then came my junior year of high school and the varsity team was guard heavy so that meant not making the team, which led me to stepping on the track for the first time. 

After my first ever track season Piedmont took notice along with other schools. I wanted more and I knew I could do better things in my senior year on the track team. Unfortunately, I got injured and the season was a huge letdown in my eyes. I committed to Piedmont in March of 2019 to join the track team, and it was a smart choice. Coming to Piedmont was not my first choice, but it has shaped me into a great student, and they have shown me that they care more about students as students than they do as athletes. 

LA’s Big Three

Why Does Russell Westbrook to the Los Angeles Lakers make sense? There are a lot of answers to that question. 

After he averaged 22.2 points, 11.7 assists, and 11.5 rebounds last season with the Washington Wizards, leading them to the playoffs with fellow superstar Bradley Beal, Westbrook is being shipped to the Lakers. The package for the superstar included Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and a first-round draft pick, which turned out to be Isaiah Jackson. Westbrook has averaged a triple-double in four of the last five seasons, dating back to his time with the Oklahoma City Thunder.  

Does “Brodie” have the desire to put his pride and stat line aside to refer to James and Davis this season in hopes of capturing his first NBA Title? I think it is very possible to do, but there are reasons that it may not work out — the biggest being shooting ability. 

LeBron James has always had shooters around him on a championship team — that’s what makes him thrive in an offense. Westbrook is not known for his great shooting ability, if any ability at all. The Lakers finished 21st overall last season in three-point shooting percentage28th overall in free-throw percentage and 12th overall in field goal percentage. Does Westbrook help these stats? Simply put, no. Westbrook shot 43.9% from the field overall, while only shooting 31.5% from three-point range and 65.6% from free-throw range. This is not what the Lakers need, but it’s what they got. James is going to be running the show and Westbrook is there to take the focus off Davis and James, h allowing them to stay healthy. This is especially important for James as he enters is 18th season in the league. 

The Russell Westbrook sign-and-trade allowed the Lakers to acquire different players to surround the three stars in LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Westbrook. These players included future Hall of Famers Dwight Howard, who was a part of the 2020 Lakers Championship team, and Carmelo Anthony who can still play at a high level despite coming off the bench. Veterans like Trevor Ariza, Wayne Ellington, and Kent Bazemore allow James to attack and have the ability to kick out to a very reliable three-point option. Other signings like Kendrick Nunn and Malik Monk bring youth, and perimeter defense along with the three-point option. These players are pieces of the Lakers puzzle that can allow them to contend for an NBA Championship next season.  

Westbrook would not be enough by himself alongside James and Davis, simply because he does not shoot the ball well. It would be easy to beat the Lakers with just those three by making them shoot jumpers. That’s not either of their strong suits, so it could be a recipe for disaster in LA.  

With the help of these key additions the Lakers big three of Westbrook, James, and Davis are NBA Title contenders. 

Anthony Jordan: On the right track

Tragedy, heartbreak and hardships. Student-athletes encounter so much more than people think, life is not all joyful and fun because of the way a person may seem on the outside. After losing his father, Piedmont University’s Anthony Jordan encountered such hardship. 

Jordan was recruited during both his junior and senior years of high school by previous head track and field director/coach Jeff Jenkins and assistant BT Pham. “When Coach Pham contacted me regarding Piedmont, I immediately became interested because it was the first school in Georgia to reach out to me,” said Jordan. “When I talked to them, they really made me feel wanted and valuable to the team, which helped my decision.” 

Unfortunately for Jordan, what he did not know is that the passing of his father would make him change his mind. “My dad died a month exactly before I graduated high school, which made me want to quit everything — track, school, etc. That’s how rough that moment was for me,” said Jordan. “My dad always wanted to see me graduate, and he always told me that I was going to be better than him, so getting this degree means so much more.”  

Another rough thing Jordan dealt with came shortly after his commitment to Piedmont. Coach Pham, who had been recruiting Jordan to come and jump for the school, decided it was time to move on. He left Piedmont to take on a new job at a different college before Anthony even got on campus. “Not having him here after recruiting me was a let down because he was the coach that got me here and I really wanted to work with him,” said Jordan. “At the same time, I had the mentality of just coming here to stay focused and make my dad proud of me.” 

Since coming to Piedmont as a freshman in fall 2018, Jordan has done just that, helping lead the Lions to two conference championships while also getting many individual accolades. In the 2019 season, Jordan made two All-Conference teams — second team for the long jump and third team for the triple jump. Jordan also made the USA South All-Sportsmanship Team in 2019.  

“I feel like it would make my dad proud because he was always one of my biggest supporters. When I decided to quit football and focus on track, he was my biggest fan and said he’d love me no matter what sport I wanted to play,” said Jordan, who is a criminal justice major. “He was a great athlete in high school in Miami so I wanted to do the things he couldn’t do collegiately.” 

Although the 2020 season that was cut short due to COVID-19, Jordan broke the school record for indoor long jump with a mark of 6.82 meters. In the 2021 season, Jordan made three All-Conference teams. First team for the long jump, first team for the triple jump, and first team for the 400-meter relay. Once again Jordan made the USA South All-Sportsmanship. 

Jordan has encountered two different coaches since he has been here at Piedmont. Coach Taylor Browning and Coach Remel Williams. 

“Coach Browning was a great coach, and his coaching style was something that I was not used to, so I had to get adjusted to being coached that way,” said Jordan. “After getting accustomed to the way Coach Browning was coaching, I saw better results in my jumps and sprints.”  

Coach Williams is heading into her second year as Piedmont’s sprint/ jump coach, so she has the best relationship with Jordan than any other coach on the team does. “Ant is a great student-athlete and such a great leader for the younger people on the team, I know I can count on him to help others when I’m not around or busy with other athletes,” said Williams.  

“Even though he is one of the biggest goofballs I know here, he is also one of the hardest workers and takes accountability for all his actions.”   

Williams has high hopes for Jordan this season because of the dedication that Jordan has to make nationals for both indoor and outdoor long jump events. “I know Anthony can make it to nationals, I just need him to go out there and have fun while doing it. Breathe and stay focused during all his events no matter what,” said Williams. “If Anthony can take everything we work on in practice and translate it to every meet we go to this year, there is no doubt he can make it to nationals this year.”  

Jordan has done better with Williams at the helm of things and continues to do great things ever year. “Remel is a great coach, she really wants us as a team to stay healthy and make good choices, so that’s always good to have a coach that cares,” said Jordan. “I expect big things from not just myself, but from the team as a whole this year.”  

Going into what could be his last year of track and field for Piedmont University, Jordan has high hopes for the season and is happy with the decision he made four years ago. “I really came to Piedmont because it’s a small family-oriented college, and I never been a big University type of guy,” said Jordan. “My parents and grandma also loved the environment. Coming here has allowed me to accomplish goals that I know my father would be proud of so I’m glad I came here.”