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ROTC teams dominate NCAA Div. I schools at Ranger Competition

November 09, 2009 12:00AM

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PSU cadets cross a simulated water obstacle during a Field Leadership Reaction Course. The team took 1st in that competition.

Two Pittsburg State University ROTC teams earned top placement at a Ranger Challenge competition held Oct. 24 at Camp Dodge near Des Moines, Iowa.

The teams - Team 1 consisted of both upper and underclassmen and Team 2 is PSU's "junior varsity" team - competed against large Division I schools including the University of Kansas, Kansas State University, the University of Iowa, Iowa State, University of Nebraska, and others. In total, 18 teams from 12 different schools competed. Twenty PSU students competed.

After a grueling all-day competition that tested skill, strength and endurance in several areas, Pitt State's Team 1 tied for 1st place, but was ultimately awarded 3rd in a tiebreaker. Team 2 took 6th place overall.

The challenge, which began with an Army Physical Fitness Test at 5 a.m. and ended with a 10K after sundown, included competitions in the following areas:

  • Rope Bridge Construction with teams crossing a simulated water obstacle (PSU took 1st place)
  • M16A2 Rifle assembly and disassembly (PSU took 2nd)
  • Field Leaders Reaction Course, with teams solving an obstacle course with critical thinking areas (PSU took 1st)
  • Land Navigation Course (PSU took 6th)
  • Grenade Assault Course (PSU Team 1 took 1st, PSU Team 2 took 3rd)
  • A final 10K, in which competitors run 6.2 miles wearing full uniforms, boots, helmets, weapons, and rucksacks (PSU Team 1 took 3rd)

Pitt State students recognized individually at the competition included David Hansen of Leavenworth, Kan., who took 2nd out of 162 total competitors in the two-mile run included in the morning's physical fitness test, as well as Aaron Glowacki of Lansing, Kan., who was named the competition's top shooter after a marksmanship test.

The Ranger Challenge is one of four challenges the ROTC program takes part in each year. For more information about ROTC, contact the Department of Military Science at 620-235-4859.

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