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Adina Mayo – Mustangs Ahead

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LHRS Orienteers check out their gear.

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – On Saturday, Feb. 29, the LRHS Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) Orienteering team competed in the Orienteering race at Oscar Scherer State Park. Orienteering is a cross country-type competition in which the runners use maps and compasses to find demarcated points in a specified area.

The team placed first overall, as well as first in the Advanced (Green) category and second in the Intermediate (Orange) and Novice (Yellow) category.

Senior Ethan Nicholls, the Battalion Commander, is a third-year runner on the Advanced team.

“At the past three meets, I’ve been recovering from bronchitis, and this meet was the first one that I was actually feeling good,” commented Nicholls. “The course was probably a little easier than the rest we’ve run this season, but we still did well.”

Junior Elliot Nelson, a Delta Company Platoon Leader, is a first-year runner on the Intermediate course.

“The most difficult part was probably all of the bike trails that weren’t so distinct on the map and made it difficult to navigate,” stated Nelson. “There were also dummy points, which were points that were close to the point you needed but didn’t have the box to track you position, that fooled people. There was also one point that were off trail that I’m not used to on orange.”

Sophomore Olivia Sahr, Delta Company’s Training Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO), is a first-year runner on the Novice team.

“It was by far my best run,” said Sahr. “All the practices that we’ve had have definitely helped me get faster, and the more experience I get, the faster I find each point.”

The next Orienteering meet is at Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park in New Port Richey on Saturday, Apr. 4.

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