JROTC team returns to annual Raider competition

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
JROTC cadets Raider team from Scott Tech competed in the Clinton Raider meet this fall. Team members were, from left: Lindsey Butler, Tristen Brattin, Hailee Wilkinson, Jacob White, Zach Goodman, Cody Gilmore, Trevor Funcannon, Cyle Kling, Tyler Fleming, Dustin Boyd, James Carter, Dominic McMahan and Harley Carter. Contributed photo

Local cadets earn second, fifth place trophies

Recently the Scott Tech Army JROTC Raider team competed against 24 other teams in the 15th annual Clinton Raider Meet in Clinton.

According to Lt. Col. Brennan Cook, who led the contingent, the team earned a trophy for second place in the Raider Challenge events and fifth place overall.

"This was the team's first competition of the season and a good gauge of the team's ability to compete against some of the best teams from Missouri and Kansas," Cook said.   

The meet consisted of a 10 kilometer run, 14-foot rope climb, vehicle pull, 1-rope bridge construction, knot tying test, low crawl course, brick carrying station, tractor tire flip and pull, water can carry race, and several leadership and problem-solving events. 

"The competition lasted almost 8 hours and tested the team's ability to handle physical and mental stress while continuing to work together as a team on a hot summer day," Cook noted.

“it was a great day and a great meet," said Hailee Wilkinson, a senior cadet from Verona High School. "I’m looking forward to this year and improving as a team.”  

Cook, the Scott Tech senior army Instructor and Raider team coach, was justifiably proud of the team. 

“This was an outstanding meet for us, particularly given the fact that we have only had three weeks to get ready," he said. "Our seniors really showed leadership and grit throughout the day, and it reflected in our overall performance.”

In addition to the Clinton Raider Meet, the team will compete in Ozark and Fredericktown, Missouri; Des Moines, Iowa; and Molena, Georgia this year.