LRHS JROTC Orienteers celebrate success

Faith Miller – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Last Saturday, the LRHS Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) Orienteering team competed at North Port High School.

Orienteering is a navigational sport requiring the use of a map, compass, and “finger stick” (USB drive-similar tool used to tag into control points on a map). Competitors use their tools to check in to a given number of points on a map for their category, racing through terrain to get the fastest time possible.

The LRHS JROTC Orienteering team earned second place in the yellow (novice) and orange (intermediate) levels, and first place in the green (advanced) level. These placements led to the team earning first place overall for the competition.

The following is a list of the individual champions (by gender) on the LRHS Orienteering team:

Yellow (Novice) category

  1. Audrey Weeks
  2. Jack Crosbie

Orange (Intermediate) category

  1. Juan Knuth
  2. N/A
  3. John Sugalski

Green (Advanced) category

  1. Samantha Rees
  2. Faith Miller, Thomas Grayam

Battalion Personnel Officer sophomore Audrey Weeks said, “This meet went great. It was exciting to receive first place, and even more thrilling to hear that my time improved by 8 minutes–and that I didn’t get lost! I’m really looking forward to the rest of the season. Overall, it was a great experience, and I couldn’t be prouder of our team.”

Alpha Company senior Thomas Grayam said, “This season of orienteering is starting off great, and I am excited for the remaining competitions. I know our team will be working on navigation and pacesetting during the upcoming practices in order for us to do our best at T. Mabry.”

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The LRHS JROTC Orienteering team will compete next at T. Mabry State Park on Saturday, Feb. 25.

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

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