Ranger Challenge team qualifies for Sandhurst Competition
The Citadel’s Ranger Challenge team is headed to the premier military skills competition April 20-21.
After finishing in first place at the Bold Leaders Challenge Feb. 18 and 19 at Fort Knox, Ky., the team qualifies to take part in the Sandhurst Military Skills Competition at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Sandhurst is an inter-company competition at West Point. Not only do West Point teams compete amongst themselves, but they compete against teams from their fellow federal service academies, select teams from the U.S. Army Cadet Command (ROTC), the United States Military Academy Preparatory School team, and international teams. Fifty-five teams will take part in Sandhurst, including international competitors from Great Britain, Australia, Afghanistan and China.
This will be the first time in more than a decade that a Citadel team has competed at Sandhurst.
“We have an exceptional group of young men and women that will represent The Citadel,” said Col. Laurence Hutto, commanding officer of the Palmetto Battalion at The Citadel. “We are excited to be able to compete at this level for the first time in recent years.This is a testament to the commitment, training and leadership of our cadets and the instructors in the Palmetto Battalion.”
The Palmetto Battalion Ranger Challenge team trains seven days a week while maintaining good standing in their academic requirements and cadet duties. They compete in a rapid, timed series military tasks along an eight-mile route. The winning squad is determined by the total time required to negotiate the course plus total points scored throughout the two days.
The Citadel team that will compete at Sandhurst consists of cadets Joseph Cruz (captain), Guy Perez (assistant captain), Jeffrey Batchelder, Scott Benton, Alexa Bookhart, Morgan Fowler, Phillip Martin, Daniel Smith, Colton Waugh, Brayden Reince and Paris Scot.
Among the other 16 teams at the Bold Leader Challenge were Virginia Military Institute, Norwich, Virginia Tech, Texas A&M, New Mexico Military Institute and Georgia Military College.
Placing 4th at the Bold Leaders Challenge was the team of cadets Jeffrey Selan (captain), Yban Nieto (assistant captain), Matthew Boatner, George Brumbalow, Carter Elms, Nicholas Fish, Julia McCulloughs, Jack Russell, Zachary Taylor and alternates Terri Craig and Robert Sumner.
Coaches for this year’s Bold Leaders Challenge were Maj. Todd Cody, Capt. Chris Bigott, Master Sgt. Daniel Webster and Master Sgt. Mario Dread.