JROTC assessing raiders

McKenzie Mazzella – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS Junior Reserved Officer Training Corps (JROTC) program had Raider Assessments last week. The Assessments consisted of a mile run, a half mile obstacle course, knot tying, a 5K run, and a tire flip.

The JROTC program has three raider teams, a female team, a male team, and a mixed team. At a meet, each team runs a 5K, a half-mile obstacle course, one mile litter carry, a tire flip, and a rope bridge.

The season usually runs from August to late November. The three teams are starting training early for the upcoming school year. Last week the JROTC program held tryouts for anyone interested in the team.

Last year was the first year with three teams. LRHS JROTC instructor Lt. Col. Richard Roller hopes this change will change the outcome of the three teams, “Each event challenges the teams in different ways, but the obstacle course is the most demanding as far as teamwork, speed, strength, endurance, and coordination.

“Practice for next season started this year because we had a very successful orienteering team; a lot of kids expressed interest in raiders so I capitalized on raider tryouts and assessments before we left for summer break,” said Roller.

He hopes to start the 2017-18 with a solid foundation for all three teams