Mustang Raiders soar at county JROTC meet

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LRHS JROTC Raiders compete at Saturday’s Raider meet. Nick Stanley, senior, Alex Dine, Garret Andrews, junior.

Adina Mayo – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- On Saturday, Oct. 12, the LRHS Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Raider team competed in the County Raider Meet at Braden River High School. LRHS went up against five other schools – Braden River, Bayshore, Palmetto, Southeast, and Manatee.

The Mustang female team placed second in the Cross Country Rescue (CCR), a one-mile litter carry, the Raider Fitness Challenge (RFC), a half-mile obstacle course that includes a crawl, a kettle bell carry, hurdles, a zigzag, and a canoe carry, the Rope Bridge, where cadets work together to set up, cross, and take down a rope bridge, and a 5k run.

Junior Kora Turner, Alpha company Executive Officer (XO) is on the female team.

“I feel like this past meet was much more competitive because we were competing against the teams that we have to beat on Oct. 26 to qualify for States,” said Turner. “It was much more stressful, but we ended up doing really well.”

The male team placed second in the: CCR, RFC, Rope Bridge, and 5k.

Senior Nick Stanley, Charlie company 1st Sergeant (1SG), is a part of the male team.

“We struggled with adjusting to the changes we faced as we had a couple new people due to past injuries and other complications,” commented Stanley. “But, I think the team did well with pushing themselves, especially on the 5k towards the end when everyone is running out of gas.”

Even though both the male and female team have struggled with injuries LRHS JROTC instructor Lt. Col. Richard Roller believes the injuries and leveraging of teamwork during practice forced both teams to become better, causing them to be successful at the meet.

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