Adina Mayo – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – On Saturday, Nov. 16, the LRHS Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) male and female Raider teams defended their Tier 3 State Champion titles for the second year in a row.
The LRHS Raiders competed in the Raider State Championship at Camp Flaming Arrow in Lake Wales. The team left early Friday morning with Lt. Col (LTC) Richard Roller and spent the night camping there.
Both teams placed first overall, The female team placed first in the Tire Flip, Litter Carry, and Obstacle Course, and second in the Rope Bridge. The male team placed first in the Tire Flip, Litter Carry, Obstacle Course, and Rope Bridge, and second in the 5k run.
Senior Matthew Durham, Alpha Company Commander (CO), said, “Greatness was expected of is this year. Last year was our first year going to states in a long time, so there wasn’t as much pressure, but we were defending our State Championship title this year.”
Junior Jace Grayson, the Battalion (BN) Operations Sergeant Major (OPS SGM), stated, “The most challenging thing about States this year was keeping that huge tire straight. It was very tall, so it was hard to get under, but we were ready to go. We were there to win.
Senior Brandon Gadeken commented, “Getting to compete and work hard with a team that I’ve worked closely with for the past few years was awesome.”
Roller has been coaching the team all season and is proud to see the team through another State Championship.
“The girls were much better at being a team. They knew when and how to take care of each other, and they would do just that, especially with how the fairly even spread of ages made it so they had to take care of those younger than them,” said Roller. “The girls team went through a lot this season; Between injuries and missing teammates it was their grit and determination that earned them the State Championship.”