JROTC repeats as Orienteering state champs

orienteers with trophies
LRHS state champion orienteers celebrate with their trophies.

Adina Mayo – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- On Saturday, Apr. 13, the LRHS Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) Orienteering Team competed in the Orienteering State Championship at Holder Mine Campground.  The Novice Team took first place overall, defending their state championship.

The Intermediate Team had their best State Championship results, placing third place overall.

Sophomore Kora Turner led the team with a sixth place finish.

“It was much more difficult than States last year, but I moved from the [Novice] course to the [Intermediate] course,” said Turner.

Sophomore Ethan Shirah also competed at the intermediate level.

“It was a lot more competitive than other meets this season because there were a lot more people competing this time,” Shirah stated.

The Advanced Team also had their best State Championship performance, taking an overall fifth place.

Senior Kendyl Brahler ran the Advanced course.

“States this year was much more organized, and I actually finished this time,” Brahler commented. “It was really rewarding because all the tools and skills I’ve been using all year actually got me somewhere.”

As a school, the team placed fourth at the meet. The team overall had 23 runners place top 10 in the state.

Lt. Col. Richard Roller, who coaches the JROTC Orienteering team, said, “We started the year with almost 70 cadets participating, which is almost half the program. Towards the middle to end of the season, we still had 40 to 50 cadets actively participating.

“This depth helped make us more competitive. Also, the Raider and Orienteering teams feed into each other,” stated Roller. “Orienteering season begins at the tail end of the Raider season, and we had a very successful Raider season with two State Championship. Success breeds success.”

Here are the individual Mustang leaders –

Novice Female –

  • Adina Mayo – second place

Novice Male –

  • Elliot Nelson – first place
  • Christopher Pecht – second place
  • Reed Smith – fifth place

Intermediate Female

  • Kora Turner – sixth place

Advanced Female

  • Kendyl Brahler – third place

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