Edinboro University’s ROTC cadets earned the top spot in the 2nd Brigade Army ROTC Ranger Challenge, a varsity sport competition against 42 of the top schools in the northeastern U.S.
The 12 cadets from the Fighting Scots Battalion scored 373 overall points in the series of events that featured a physical fitness test, 7-mile foot march, land navigation and an obstacle course. Rounding out the Top 5 in the competition were Lehigh University (356), Rutgers University (351), Slippery Rock University (348) and Penn State University (322).
Congratulations to the following student-cadets for their success at the national stage: Halle Lienhart, Noah Hunter, Cameron Silvis, Owen Tshudy, Iana Ellis, Alex Taylor, Ryan Stratton, Emily Bish, Chad Rogers, Cole Fuller, Noah Morus and Hunter Clemens.
Mia Harvey earned special recognition as the Fighting Scots Battalion’s official bagpiper.
Cadets began training for the Ranger Challenge during the first week of school. According to Lt. Col. Benjamin Kavanagh, commander of the Fighting Scots Battalion, the squad starts their training at 5 a.m. each day during the week except for Sunday.
“They proved that developing a demanding training plan and sticking through it – even in the rain and cold weather – pays off,” said Kavanagh, who credits Master Sergeant Mark Kirchoff with setting the physical conditions for the team and guiding them through training.
Next up, the ROTC cadets will represent the entire 2nd Brigade in the Sandhurst Competition at West Point, home of the United States Military Academy, in April. The competition will feature representative teams from each of the eight brigades in the nation, international teams, all service academies and 36 teams from the United States Corps of Cadets.