Emporia State Ambassadors hosted the annual homecoming tricycle races Wednesday, Oct. 26 in the Student Recreation Center. Originally, the races were to be held outside in Kellogg Circle but were moved indoors due to rain.
Of those participating in this year’s event were ESU fraternity and sorority life and ESU Ambassadors.
“It’s just something to get everybody active, get some teamwork going on, and just showing support for the other sororities and fraternities as well as your sorority,” said Aryssa Ortiz, a senior psychology major and member of the Kappa Delta Chi sorority. “…we are one of the smaller (sororities) on campus, so whenever we get to participate in things, it’s very big for us just to be involved.”
In teams of four, participants raced up and down a half-court while their team members and the audience cheered them on. Whichever team finished first with all of their group members having a turn moved up the bracket.
“My favorite part about tonight is the adrenaline, how loud it is in there,” Ortiz said. “Everybody’s so excited. Usually we have it outside, but having it inside is really really cool. I like the experience of everybody being there and just supporting each other.”
In the final round, the Chi Omega Two and Sigma Tau Gamma teams went head to head for the golden trike, the races’ trophy awarded to the winner. Sigma Tau Gamma brought the trike home for the second year in a row after winning the 2022 homecoming races.
“We won last year and we got it back, we’re super happy to have it back,” said freshman health and human performance major Max Neeley.
Of the energy, Neeley said, “Everyone was so hype. Everytime we got the W we were jumping all around. It was amazing,”.