Faith Miller – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – This Saturday, Jan. 21, the LRHS Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) will be hosting and participating in the Greenbrook Adventure Park Orienteering meet.

The meet will mark the first orienteering event of the season, which will be followed by four other meets that will take place across the central Florida region.

Orienteering is a navigation sport that involves a map, a compass, and a “fingerstick” (a USB-like device, used to check-in to points shown on the given map).

Each competitor is assigned a digitally tracked fingerstick along with a functional compass. Maps are assigned just one minute before the start of the race.

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JROTC Orienteering meets involve three categories; yellow – novice, orange – intermediate, and green – advanced. Individual cadets are released three at a time in gender groups, one cadet per running level.

Battalion commander and senior Samantha Rees has participated in Orienteering since the 2019-20 season. She has been the state champion in the green/advanced category for two straight years.

Rees said, “I am very excited for this season to begin, and I am confident that all three of our teams will perform. This meet will provide our new Orienteering members with the experience they’ll need to do well throughout the year. I can already tell this season is going to be great.”

JROTC instructor Master Sgt. William Cassidy has worked on JROTC Orienteering events since 2019-20.

Cassidy said, “We look forward this year to having a great Orienteering season, we are starting this season on home turf, and we expect our cadets to do extremely well. We have a lot of new students on our Orienteering team, and we think it will be exciting to see their first results.”

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

Mustangs interested in participating in the JROTC program can contact Major Shaun O’Dea or Master Sgt. William Cassidy.