CTG Pro Team

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Conquer The Gauntlet Pro Team
Historic Rosters

The Conquer The Gauntlet Pro Team roster of athletes changes slightly every year.  Although some athletes are no longer on the team, they will always be part of the #CTGFamily.  Here is the historic roster of athletes since the team's inception in 2016 as well as some information about athletes that are no longer on the team. 

2016 Team Roster

Male Athletes

Matt Campione

Nathan Palmer

Evan Perperis

Cody Peyton

Lucas Pfannenstiel

Bryce Robinson

Matt Willis

Female Athletes

Christina Armstrong

Nicki Bruckmann

Nikki Call

Brenna Calvert

Randi Lackey

Amy Pajcic

Ashley Samples

2017 Team Roster

Male Athletes

Matt Campione

Jay Flores (added late 2017)

Nathan Palmer

Evan Perperis

Cody Peyton

Lucas Pfannenstiel

Bryce Robinson

Matt Willis

Jeff Yanda (added late 2017)

Female Athletes

Christina Armstrong

Nikki Call

Brenna Calvert

Randi Lackey

Lisa Nondorf (added late 2017)

Amy Pajcic

Ashley Samples

Lauren Woodcock (added late 2017)

2018 Team Roster

Male Athletes

Jay Flores

Nathan Palmer

Evan Perperis

Bryce Robinson

Doug Snyder (added late 2018)

Matt Willis

Jeff Yanda

Female Athletes

Christina Armstrong

Brenna Calvert

Randi Lackey

Lisa Nondorf

Amy Pajcic

Ashley Samples

Lauren Woodcock

2019 Team Roster

Male Athletes

Jay Flores

Nathan Palmer

Evan Perperis

Bryce Robinson

Doug Snyder

Matt Willis

Female Athletes

Brenna Calvert

Randi Lackey

Lisa Nondorf

Amy Pajcic

Ashley Samples

Michelle Warnky

2020 Team Roster

Male Athletes
Coming soon
Female Athletes
Coming soon

Former CTG Pros Off Doing Other Great Things

Nicki Bruckmann

Nicki Bruckmann was added to the initial roster of the team due to her performance in 2015, which included a win at the notoriously difficult BattleFrog Xtreme Cincinnati course.  Although she spent much of her only year on the team, 2016, injured she was a valuable part of helping stand things up.  By the end of 2016 she was immersed in her blossoming business, Explorer Chick, an adventure travel company that offers women only small group tours and workshops.  She now works full time running the company and empowering women. 

Nikki Call

Nikki Call was very active in OCR starting in 2015.  She had a lot of strong finishes on the podium at both Conquer The Gauntlet and other race brands like BattleFrog.  She is best known for her podium finished at two different BattleFrog events in 2016 with a broken arm for the first and two broken arms for the second (don't worry she finally went to the hospital afterwards and got treated).  She was also the female champion of OCR Warrior Kansas City (shown below).  Nikki left the sport in 2017 to spend more time with her family after winning her final Conquer The Gauntlet race earning her first Gauntlet in Oklahoma City 2016.  She dedicated the win to her father who had recently passed away. 


Nikki Call featured on Mud Run Guide's Badass Women of OCR

Lucas "Mohawks Win Races" Pfannenstiel 

Lucas Pfannenstiel was known for his mohawk and fun personality as much as his top level race results.  He could regularly be seen at the front of the field of CTG races as well as behind the microphone sending athletes down the Torpedo slide to earn their finishers medal.  In 2017, he had an epic year appearing on both Steven Austin's Broken Skull Ranch as well as competing in Season 9 of American Ninja Warrior.  He also co-founded Kansas City Obstacle Course Racers (KCOCR) a group created to unite the OCR crowd in the Kansas City area, provide a training group for all level athletes and to help bring new series to KC.  Although still involved in the sport, he now races less frequently and spends more time with his family while working as an engineer. 


Hear from the Mohawk himself on the Strength & Speed podcast:

Ep25: Lucas Pfannenstil & The KCOCR Broken Skull Ninja Warrior

Cody "Man Bun" Peyton

Cody Peyton was on the initial roster of the CTG Pro Team for his involvement in the OCR community as well as his top performances at races.  A multiple time CTG podium finisher he won CTG Kansas City in 2016 for his first gauntlet beating an impressive field of athletes.  His obstacle proficiency was second to none and his consistency meant that if anyone else had an off day, Cody was there to seize on the opportunity.  After two years on the team he left the sport at the end of 2017 and now works for Ervin Cable Construction. 

Matt Campione

No one on the team has as dramatic of a story as Matt Campione.  After pulling himself out of drug addiction he went on to become a great athlete and the family man he is today.  With multiple CTG wins to his name as well as other top performances like an overall win at Savage Race, Matt shows true versatility.  However, he is probably best known for his team's performance on Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge Season 1, where he was part of "The Comeback Kids" that took home a $250,000 prize purse (split between the five athletes on the team).  After two years on the team Matt left to focus on his family and pursue other interests including mission trips to South America. 

Christina "Honey Badger" Armstrong

Christina "Honey Badger" Armstrong was on the CTG Pro Team for the first three years and played a vital role in standing the team up.  During the day she is a special education teacher but on the weekend's she is an ultra-distance athlete with an impressive race resume including finishing The Death Race and 23+ career podium finishes.  HB is still involved in OCR but is focusing on ultra-endurance as well as getting more involved in the media side of OCR with Mud Run Guide for the foreseeable future.  Look for her at CTG Continuum events, other Ultra-OCRs and coaching high school Cross Country runners.


Hear about HB's endurance experience in Death Race on the Strength & Speed podcast:

Ep 54: Death Race Finisher Christina "HB" Armstrong & OCR Marriage

Lauren Woodcock

Lauren Woodcock is one of the most consistent CTG athletes ever.  With nine CTG podiums out of the ten CTG races she showed up to, her performance is hard to beat.  As a technical obstacle specialist and American Ninja Warrior veteran, she has only had to retry an obstacle once (Pegatron CTG KC 2017). and has never lost or belt/band in any race.  With 15+ podium finishes in her OCR career, she has a deep resume.  She is still involved in OCR but races less frequently due to her job training youth at ninja gyms in the Dallas area.

Jeff Yanda

Jeff Yanda stormed into the OCR scene with an impressive rookie year in 2017 walking away with 11 podium finishes including a 1st place win at CTG-XTC.  2018 was plagued with injuries including two torn muscles.  Even with the injuries, he managed to finish 2nd at his hometown course Conquer The Gauntlet Iowa.  He took 2019 off to recover but plans on coming back better than ever in 2020.  Although no longer on the team, he is still involved in OCR and in the process of recovering from injuries for another epic year.