On October 26, the Statesboro High raider team traveled to Griffin to compete in The U.S. Army Georgia State Raider Championship meet. Over 60 of the top teams were placed into three tiers based on the number of cadets in each program.
By placing first overall in female, mixed, and male team at its region championship the SHS cadets were allowed to compete in the state championship against 25 other highly trained JROTC programs from the large tier one class. Despite issues faced such as the run being one mile longer than said, with both hard work and determination, the Statesboro team brought home four trophies, including two state titles.
Every male, female, and mixed Raider team must have 12 members. Ten members are needed to compete in every event. All teams compete in five arduous events that test them both mentally and physically, also showing how well their team works together in stressful situations. The meet began with a 5K run, followed by a fitness test, one rope bridge event meant to simulate crossing a river, a 50 meter tire flip event composed of three lifters and two stabilizers, and one cross country rescue course where the team must carry four rucksacks and a litter for a mile or more.
The female team lead by seniors Elizabeth Harvey and Cassy Herrera, won first place titles in both rope bridge with a time of 1:56:85, and in tire flip, beating last year’s record with a time of 2:19:85. The tire flip championship was the fourth consecutive title for SHS in that event.
By winning both first place titles, the female team has set a new school record for the most first place trophies won by a female team at state.
The mixed team, led by senior Daniel McAlhany, brought home second place trophies in Rope Bridge with a time of 2:03:15, and in the team tire flip event with a time of 2:15:99. The male team lead by Michael Champion was not able to take home any trophies though they worked hard in every event.
“Our performance was decent, but there is always room to improve,” stated Champion when asked about his team’s performance.
“I really enjoyed the teamwork we shared and how close we were with each other, especially when we won!” Stated Battalion Commander Herrera when asked about her experiences with this year’s raider team.
Herrera also gave a helpful word of advice to the future cadets. “Definitely try your best if you do not want to have a ‘smoke session’ (rigorous physical training led by their coach First Sergeant David Redwine).”
A final statement was given by First Sergeant Redwine in conclusion of this year.
“After losing a lot of seniors from last year’s team I was concerned about our chances this year, but our young team really worked hard and surprised everyone at state. To have so much success with such a young team really sets us up for next year. I can’t wait!”