Floresville AFJROTC Cadets win at U.S. Open National Raider Championship
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Two AFJROTC Raider teams from Floresville High School competed January 18-19 in the 2014 U.S. Open National Raider Championships winning both male and female Air Force Service Championship titles.
The U.S. Open National Raider Championships are held annually during January at Camp Bullis in San Antonio, Texas. The two-day competition attracted JROTC Raider teams from schools as far away as Kansas to compete in the most rigorous of all JROTC competitions and for a chance to win one of the two 2014 U.S. Open National Raider Air Force Service Championship titles.
The U.S. Open National Raider Championships consist of Masters (advanced) and Explorer (beginners) Divisions, both with male and female categories. The Master Division includes five events which are (1) climbing a 45-degree, 1.25-mile hill while carrying 35-pound packs and descend back down; (2) negotiating a ¼-mile course with seven obstacles while carrying 35-pound packs and a 95-pound mannequin on a stretcher; (3) completing a 3.5-mile cross-country run; (4) negotiating a ¼-mile course with eleven obstacles (including a 30-foot rope climb); and, (5) constructing a 1-rope bridge to cross an 80-foot creek; Explorer Division teams must complete the last three events.
Floresville AFJROTC unit TX-20012 entered a male and female Masters team, and both won.
The Jaguar Female Masters Raider Team led by Cadet Ronda Ruiz won the Female 2014 U.S. Open National Air Force Service Championship trophy.
The Tiger Male Masters Raider Team led by Cadet Barclay Smith, won the Male 2014 U.S. Open National Air Force Service Championship trophy.
Over 45 teams entered in the event included other San Antonio area AFJROTC units such as John Jay, Clark, Pearsall and Median Valley high schools.