Adina Mayo – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- On Saturday, Sept. 12, the LRHS Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) Raider team competed in the Sarasota Military Academy (SMA) Invitational Raider Meet at LRHS.
The male team placed first overall against Tier 1 and Tier 2 teams. The Tiers are based on the school’s population. LRHS is a Tier 3 school, making it one of the smallest programs competing.
The men took first place in the Raider Fitness Challenge (RFC), which is the half mile obstacle course; second place in the Cross-Country Rescue (CCR), also called the Litter Carry; and third place in the 5k and Rope Bridge.
LRHS JROTC Battalion Sergeant Major (SGM), Junior Jace Grayson said, “I feel like we did really well. There were certain areas where, if we pushed ourselves we’d have gotten better times, like the tire. We worked our butts off and it paid off in the end.”
The female team placed fourth overall, but it was very close. They placed second in CCR and RFC, and third in Rope Bridge.
Female team member and the Battalion Assistant S-3 (AS3) Junior Elise West said, “I know we can do better because, even though we missed the top three, we were only off by a few second or minutes here and there in each event.”
The next competition is the County Raider Meet on Oct. 12 at Braden River High School.
Lt. Col. Richard Roller runs the LRHS JROTC Raider team.
“I think that the experience they had on Saturday solidified the team aspect for what they have to do for the rest of the season,” commented Roller. “While the individuals had been working hard and there had been teamwork and growth, to quote one of my seniors, ‘It clicked’. In the long-term perspective for the season, this bond will pay off in dividends.”