Warren County High School’s JROTC’s Pioneer Battalion Raider team beat out 13 other schools and earned their third tournament win in the male division at the Soddy Daisy JROTC Raider Meet this past weekend.
“To win first place overall is such a humbling experience though everyone puts in all the work that their arms and legs can handle, but only few come out victorious and thankfully it was us,” said Male Team Commander Thomas Turpin. “We sure gave the meet all we could to ensure we came home with a first place overall trophy. And to see all the blood sweat and tears we put in at these meets bring home something to show on the shelf is amazing. But it’s more than just that to me, it’s showing how well we work together as a team to achieve a goal.”
At this tournament, the male team led the competition and earned first place in the Gauntlet, the Team Buddy Fitness Challenge, the Rope Bridge, and the Murph. They took second place in the Cross Country Rescue.
“We all on the team have worked so hard to make it to this level and where we are now but not just to make a name for ourselves but for our school and county as well, and to see it coming together is spectacular,” said Turpin.
The ladies team also competed really well at the meet and earned their first ever trophy by placing third in the Cross Country Rescue.
“The way it felt when the female team was announced as third place for the Cross Country Rescue trophy was unreal. I remember them announcing our school over the intercom for the placing and me just looking at First Sergeant Howard because I couldn’t believe it. He said, ‘Go get your trophy!’ and with every ounce of energy I had left for the day I used it to sprint up to Soddy Daisy’s High School Battalion Commander,” said Lady Raider Team Commander Olivia Talbert.
Talbert says this win would not have been possible without all the hard work put in by herself and her teammates.
“While I was standing there with the trophy in hand and everyone taking pictures I remember how my females had pushed all summer and at the previous raider meets for this moment. I’m very proud to say that my team has worked hard and has always had my back,” said Talbert.
The COED team fought well in the tournament, but landed in the middle of the pack in their competitions.
The teams are led by seniors Thomas Turpin, Lucas Pescevic, Jacob Cox, Antonio Hernandez, and Olivia Talbert.
After Fall Break, the teams will be preparing for one of their biggest competitions the USA Army JROTC Raider Nationals.
“All prep began on June 14, and will all come together at the U.S. Army JROTC Raider Nationals in hopes for a National championship. This is the most prepared team this program has had in my 15 years as instructor,” said JROTC Raider Coach Tim Howard.