JROTC Raider Team Named National Champs
The Ozark High School JROTC Raider team made school history Feb. 27 when the mixed team was named national champions at the U.S. Army National Raider Championship in Molena, Georgia.
“Our Raider team worked extremely hard for this, including seven practices per week for the past few weeks. Their teamwork and drive were phenomenal,” instructor MAJ. Danny Cazier said. “They absolutely wore themselves out on the field, often leaving the event in tears from the physical pain and emotional release they experienced once they crossed the finish line.”
The Raider competition is a team-based, multifunctional fitness competition featuring five events: 5K mountain run, one rope bridge, gauntlet, cross country litter rescue and physical team test.
Ozark JROTC entered teams in the male and mixed categories. The mixed team, which was comprised of seven males and six females, placed in the top four in each event, giving them first place overall and the title of National Champions.
- First place - 5K mountain run
- Second place - Rope bridge
- Second place - Cross country litter rescue
- Third place - Gauntlet
- Fourth place - Physical team test
The 14-member male team also fared well in the competition, placing fifth in the 5K mountain run and ending the competition at seventh place in the nation.
“This is an exciting achievement given the many young new Raiders that were put on the roster recently,” Cazier said.
But Ozark’s success didn’t end there. Two Ozark cadets also placed in the Ultimate Raider event, which features the top male and female from each school. Raiders must run a 1.75-mile course with a rucksack while also negotiating various obstacles. Ozark’s Kopelyn DeLong placed first in the female division and Elliott Godwin placed third in the male division.
“The U.S. Army JROTC Raider National Championships continue to lead the way in showcasing many of the finest, most hard working Army JROTC Raider teams in the nation,” according to the National Raider Championships website. “The Raider Nationals weekend annually attracts many of the best male, female and mixed Army JROTC Raider teams in the country.”
Ozark Raider Mixed Team: Elliott Godwin, Josiah Tonsing, Dylan Fritz, Matthew Smith, Brendan Murphy-Simpson, Braden Loehr, Gage Stout, Chloe Lovett, Abigail Cassell, Clarice Wheeler, Sarah Cazier, Kopelyn Delong and Jocelyn Davison.
Ozark Raider Male Team: Calvin Wheeler, Gavin Reese, Noah Atchison, Ivan Rogers, Mason Cornelison, Joshua Lambert, Elijah Webb, Aiden McCracken, Colton Campbell, Daniel Lupton, Kaleb Eno, Vincent Parham, Theron Cole and Matthew Henry