The Warren County Pioneer Raider cadets – a group from the JROTC program – traveled to Alvin C. York Institute in Jamestown to compete in the Raider Meet and they returned with plenty of hardware. Out of five competitions, they won 24 trophies.
The A team won second place overall by one point out of 12 competing teams at the varsity level. They placed first in rope bridge and rope climb while taking second in the ruck challenge, tire flip and the crucible.
For B Team members, they placed second on the sandbag relay while coming in third place on the rope bridge and rope climb.
“This is the best season they have had and the strongest team I’ve had collectively in 14 years,” said Raider coach 1st Sgt. Timothy Howard. “This year’s team has placed at every meet they have attended so far.”
The JROTC Raider program is much like other extreme sports like mountain climbing which can take months of preparation and training. In fact, the Pioneer Raiders began training back in June.
Two senior cadets, executive officer Nathan Holmstrom and battalion commander Victoria Looper described the vigorous events.
“One of our strongest events is the rope bridge,” said Looper. “One of my harder events was the rope challenge because I don’t do so well with weights sometimes, but I got through it even though it hurt pretty badly.”
Agreed Holmstrom, “Definitely the rope bridge. We had a really good rope climb and got 86 climbs so it went fairly well. Our weaker events are definitely the ruck challenge. It is really hard running up and down the slope with 40 pounds on your back.”
Both Holmstrom and Looper feel JROTC and being a part of the Pioneer Raider Team has prepared them for their futures.
“We are definitely more organized and we are always planning for the future and thinking ahead so it’s going to pay dividends in our career,” said Holmstrom.
Now that the Raider Meet is over, the Warren County JROTC Pioneer will travel to Gerald Lawhorn Boy Scout Reservation in Molena, Ga., to compete in the U.S. Army JROTC Raider Nationals.