The Fairview High School Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (JROTC) is proving it’s among the nation’s best.
They competed November 1 at the JROTC All-Service Raider Nationals, which is a single-day competition meant to spotlight all-service Raiders from around the country.
“It’s one of the toughest sports out there, if not the toughest,” said FVHS Raider Coach 1st Sgt. Christopher Turk.
The competition has many events, including a Gauntlet Obstacle Course, a rope bridge course, a 5K run and a physical team test. Each event has a female, male and mixed division. Fairview competed in the mixed division and the male division. Each team has 10-12 members.
The Fairview High JROTC earned first place in the nation during the mixed division 5K run. The team finished the run in just 13:27.81. The run included rough terrain, large hills and muddy ground. All members of the team must cross the finish line before time is stopped.
“You are only as fast as your slowest teammate,” said Turk. “It really tests the team’s ability to work together.”
In addition to their winning 5K time, the team took second place overall in the nation in the mixed division. They also took second in the two-mile Gauntlet Obstacle Course.
“I could not be more proud of our team,” Turk said. “We have worked so hard to get to this level of competition. In our first national appearance four years ago, we nearly finished dead last. This year we are the runner-up. There is absolutely no reason why we should not improve next year as well. Our ultimate goal is to earn the overall National Championship and dominate at Nationals.”