Adina Mayo – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- On Saturday, Feb. 22, the LRHS Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) Orienteering team competed at North Port High School. Orienteering is a cross country-type competition in which the runners use maps and compasses to find demarcated points in a specified area.
The Mustangs placed first overall as team and placed second in the Novice (Yellow) category and first in the Intermediate (Orange) and Advanced (Green) categories.
Junior Natalie Merrill, the Battalion Executive Officer (XO), is on the Novice team.
“The most interesting thing about this course, for me, was the fact that it was more urban rather than wooded,” said Merrill, “so it was more like what we practice on here at school.”
Junior Jace Grayson, the Battalion Operations Sergeant Major (OPS SGM), competes on the Intermediate team.
“My favorite part about North Port was that the course was fun and constantly changing. It was from wooded areas to pavement to hills,” commented Grayson. “It was fast paced, and we didn’t have to bust brush often on Orange.”
Senior Ethan Nicholls, the Battalion Commander (BC), is on the Advanced team.
“If I could go back and do North Port again, I would change my route selection,” stated Nicholls. “I made a few errors that me some time, and I think that I would have completed the course faster if I had gone a different way.”
The team’s next race is on Saturday, Feb. 29 at Oscar Scherer State Park.