Faith Miller – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – On Saturday, Feb. 18, the LRHS Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) Orienteering team competed in their third meet of the season at Alafia River State Park.

The following Saturday, Feb. 25, the LRHS JROTC Orienteering team also competed in their fourth meet at T Mabry Reserve.

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.

Battalion Commander senior Samantha Rees said, “I was excited to go back to both of these locations to run, as we haven’t been to either in at least a few years! I am very proud of the whole team for how well they did considering how challenging both meets were.”

The LRHS JROTC Orienteering team earned second place overall at Alafia River (1st – yellow, 3rd – orange, 3rd – green), and first place overall at T Mabry Reserve (1st – yellow, 4th – orange, 1st – green). 

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


Yellow (Novice) category

  1. Shannon Schroeder, Gino Tambe
  2. Dominic Hrebinko

Orange (Intermediate) category

  1. Jeanne Tovar

Green (Advanced) category

  1. Samantha Rees


Yellow (Novice) category

  1. Audrey Weeks, Jack Crosbie
  2. Ingrid Pope, Carl Miller

Orange (Intermediate) category

Green (Advanced) category

  1. Samantha Rees
  2. Muda Osman

Alpha Company LET-1 Carl Miller said, “I feel like I did really great at this meet. I earned my first medal after getting used to the fast-pace and intensity of Orienteering at the previous meets.”

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“I got to every point within the time limit during this race, which cemented my placement and grew my confidence. I am very excited to compete on the Yellow team at the state competition next month,” Miller continued.

The LRHS JROTC Orienteering team will compete next at the Holden Mine Campgrounds on Mar. 25 for their state-level (and final) competition.

The monthly Mustang battalion newsletter can be found on the JROTC website. Mustangs interested in participating in the JROTC program can contact Major O’Dea or Master Sgt. William Cassidy.