Orinteers find way to first place

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LRHS JROTC Orienteers pose with their prizes

Adina Mayo – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- On Saturday, Jan. 26 at Oscar Scherer State Park in Nokomis, the LRHS Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) Orienteering teams competed in their second competition of the season.

The Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced teams all took first place, and the LRHS JROTC team took first placed overall. Cadets on the Orienteering team wear green cords on their uniforms.

Sophomore Kora Turner ran the Intermediate course and placed third.

“This was a tough one. It was really long, but it was still really fun,” she said. “I cried for a little bit, and got a little lost, but I finished in 52 minutes and ran six kilometers.”

Senior Gino Navas placed first on the Advanced course.

“Last year they had burned away a lot of the vegetation, and it was a lot warmer,” commented Navas. “But there was a lot more this year, it was like 60 degrees, and I had to go through a creek.”

Senior Kendyl Brahler also ran the Advanced course this year.

“We were on a completely different side of the map and the area was a lot thicker in terms of plants and trees. It was still a fun run, though,” she said.

The team’s next race is Saturday, Feb. 2 at North Port High School.

Individual Winners –

Novice Female:

  • Elise West, second place
  • Christina Williams, third place

Novice Male:

  • Nick Stanley, second place

Intermediate Female:

  • Kora Turner, third place

Intermediate Male:

  • Ethan Shirah, third place

Advanced Female:

  • Carli Kasten, first place
  • Kendyl Brahler, third place

Advanced Male:

  • Gino Navas, first place
  • Ethan Nicholls, third place

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