JROTC raiders ready for new season

Adina Mayo – Mustangs Ahead

JROTC(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – On Saturday, Sept. 14, the LRHS Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) Raider team is competing in the Sarasota Military Academy (SMA) Invitational Raider Competition. The meet is being hosted here on the LRHS campus.

“I’m looking forward to experiencing my first raider meet with everyone I’ve been working with for so long,” said Junior Lily Fox, a member of the female raider team.

Twenty schools from all over Florida are coming to compete, with about 60 teams overall. LRHS is bringing only two teams this year: A male and a female team.

Junior Ethan Shirah, a male team raider, commented, “I look forward to doing my best at the competition and seeing the team succeed.”

LRHS Cadets must be at school at 5:45 a.m., and the first event, the 5k run, is set to begin at 7 a.m. The other four events are a litter carry, an obstacle course, a tire flip, and a rope bridge. All these events have an emphasis on teamwork.

For the litter carry, the teams must run a mile with 10 out of their 12 teammates, carrying an 80 lb. litter and three 20 lb. rucksacks for the majority of the run.

The obstacle course is a half-mile sprint involving a crawl, transportation of 20 30 lb. kettle bells, a zigzag, three crawl-unders, and the transportation of a 300 lb. canoe. The team runs it with 10 people and must do it all in reverse as well.

The tire flip is 100m split between two teams of five people, each with a specific job to help get the tire across the space as quickly as possible.

The rope bridge is the most technical event that the raiders do. It involves putting up, crossing, and taking down a rope bridge in the fastest time possible. It’s the least physical event, but it’s one of the hardest because of how much effort goes into it.

Junior Elise West, a member of the female raider team, said, “Our rope bridge is really good, and we work really together on the tire flip.”

The next raider competition is the County Meet on Saturday, Oct. 12 at Braden River High School.

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