The Cameron University Army ROTC Ranger Challenge men's team topped the field during the North Texas regional competition, held October 10-12 in San Antonio, TX, facing tough opposition from squads from five other universities. CU's coed team placed third in the stringent competition.
Representing CU on the men's team were team captain Michael Roberts, Quentin Farrell, Edward Hurley, Stephen Shields, Scott Walley, and Bobby Williams, all of Lawton, James Brown of Binger, and Alex Wozencraft of Mannford.
The co-ed team was comprised of team captain Daniel Oberrender, Mauro Bazan, Amanda Coates, Tony Borer, William Fleshman, Lorrie French, Jennifer Rodriguez, and Justin Walley, all of Lawton, and Reyna Garcia of Wichita Falls, TX.
The North Texas regional competition proved both mentally and physically challenging as teams rotated through events over a 36-hour period, testing their technical ability on military skills and overall leadership qualities. The competition consisted of military stakes training including the Army Physical Fitness Test, written exam, 10K forced road march, First Aide Assault Course, Hand Grenade Assault Course, M16 Rifle Assembly and Disassembly and Day and Night Land Navigation Courses.
"Our cadets displayed exceptional teamwork and technical skills during this competition," says Lt. Col. Bill Pitts, CU professor of military science. "The men's team rallied after a slow start, going into the last event in a three-way tie with the University of Texas-Austin and Tarleton State University. They pulled out an overwhelming victory by achieving the fastest time while finding all points in the Night Land Navigation event."
The men's team also posted the fastest time in the 10K road march and will move on to the next level of competition, where they will vie against other regional winning teams from New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and the winner of the South Texas regional competition.
"We fielded an outstanding co-ed team - one of the finest over the past several years," says Pitts. "They were rock solid in every event and consistently performed well. The co-ed competition was perhaps the most competitive I've ever seen. Many of our co-ed team members will be returning next year, and I anticipate an even stronger finish."
The regional competition mirrors the U.S. Army's Best Ranger Competition in that it is a non-stop event over a short period of time with numerous events testing the team member's physical and mental abilities and their leadership skills by working as an integral part of a team.
October 14, 2008