UT's ROTC Ranger Challenge Company had no time to rest over Fall


Over thirty schools from the Southeast, including UT, participated in the

"Blitz" Brigade's Ranger Challenge Competition. The annual competition was

held in Fort Knox, Ky. over the Fall Break weekend.

Participating schools sent a squad consisting of nine students to compete

in each competition. The events included a physical fitness test, one rope

bridge, patrolling, rifle marksmanship, a hand grenade assault course, land

navigation, weapons assembly and disassembly and a 10K road march.

"It's hard work. We do a lot of training," said Cadet Derek Jordan, "but it

all pays off big at the competition."

UT's squad took sixth place overall in the competition. They fell behind

top ranger units from MTSU, Xavier, Austin Peay and Ohio State.

UT Rangers placed in the top three on most of their events.

"Our guys should truly be recognized for the job they did this year," said

Cadet Major Kelly Street, team captain for the Ranger Company. "We were

fully capable of going up there and winning it."

This year's Ranger Competition team consisted of Street, Todd Young,

Jordan, Kerry Vanek, Nick Meadows, Tim Bracken, Sean Ontiveros, Trey

Lachicotte, Jonathan Post, Seth Womack, Britton Crafton, Dean Gness and

Santino Torres.

The Ranger Challenge Team consists of members of the UT ROTC "Rocky Top"

Battalion. However, the Ranger program is open to any interested UT

student. To find out more about the Army ROTC, contact Captain Bill Edwards

at 1-800-UT4-ROTC or Cadet Major Kelly Street in the "Ranger Room" on

Wednesdays at 5 p.m. in Stokely Athletic Center.