The Army ROTC Ranger Challenge Team traveled to Fort Pickett, Virginia for their annual competition. They placed 4th out of 20 schools in their Division and 15th out of the 40 total schools who competed. The team also won 2nd place overall (of 40) for both the written land navigation and written patrolling exams.
The competition is very difficult and the event took teams anywhere from five to eight hours to complete; the entire time is continuous movement and challenging events. The cadets carry 35lbs worth of gear and move throughout a course that is 8.1 miles long with eight events along the way. Event stops range from 15 minutes to over an hour and include building and traversing a one-rope bridge, land navigation, applying first aid, weapons assembly, and an obstacle course. The cadets started initial training last spring and underwent extensive training for the last eight weeks to prepare for this event. Attached is a picture of the team. They performed in an exemplary manner and we are very proud of them!
Of note – the UNC team beat Duke, who took 5th place in their Division!
Top Row: CDT Lindsey Jefferies, CDT Mitchell McGee, CDT Patrick Barham, CDT Clifford Swanson, CDT Samuel Pulliam and CDT Marshall Phillips.
Second Row:CDT Lauren Stephenson, CDT Matthew Dibble, CDT Oliver Salman, CDT Tyler Miranda and CDT Juan Sanchez.