LRHS Raider girls celebrate their success

Faith Miller – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Saturday, the LRHS Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) raider teams competed at the LRHS-hosted district A-5 raider meet.

The female team took first place overall and qualified for the state-level raider competition scheduled for Dec. 3.  The male team took fourth place.

JROTC Raiders is a highly intensive fitness competition that involves five team events: the 5K run, the one-mile liter carry, the obstacle course, the tire flip and the rope bridge.

This Raider competition featured 18 teams; eight male teams, five female teams, and five mixed teams; each team was required to have 12 participants.

Mustang Raider team member and Battalion Commander Samantha Rees said, “I am so proud of the hard work each and every one of us put into this. As we hosted this event, the staff put so much time into ensuring this event ran smoothly.

“We are very happy with how it turned out for every team that had the chance to compete. I am confident that the female team will do well at states,” she continued.

Raider team captain and Bravo Company Commander senior Karen Tinoco said, “I think our team did great with teamwork and communication, despite some of our setbacks and injuries. We faced a lot of unexpected circumstances and were lucky enough to prepare on the courses prior to the meet.”

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I really enjoyed all of the energy and motivation both teams exhibited to the end, and I think that’s why we did so well. I’m sure we will do well at states,” she continued.

The monthly Mustang battalion newsletter can be found on the JROTC website.

Mustangs interested in participating in the raider team and the JROTC program can contact Maj. Shaun O’Dea here or Master Sgt. William Cassidy here.