Cape JROTC cadets excel at Raider Challenge

Gathered for the Raider Challenge competition are in back (l-r) Cadet Jacob Daniels, Cadre SFC Richard Hurt, Cadet Josh Thompson (obscured), Cadet Jacob Mayfield (obscured), Cadet Justin Mahoney and Cadet James Moholland; in middle row, Cadet Jack Rothner, Cadet Joel Torres, Cadet Cassidy Blevins, Cadet Kaylee Lambert, Cadet Michael Lopez, and Cadet James Abertella; in front, Cadet Nikki Surface, Cadet Dean Hysock, Cadet Ross Hicks and Cadet Alex Dominick. SOURCE SUBMITTED
November 27, 2013

The Cape Henlopen High School JROTC Raider Team, composed primarily of freshmen, participated in the Annual Sussex Tech Invitational Cadet Raider Challenge Nov. 16, competing against 13 other teams from Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey. The Raider Challenge is a physically grueling series of individual and team events that tests each cadet’s physical fitness, stamina, and teamwork.

The competition began with a Physical Fitness Test consisting of a mile run, push-ups, and sit-ups, followed by a Land Navigation course, a First-Aid/Stretcher Carry course of 100 yards, a 30-foot One-Rope Bridge construction and crossing event, and a 5K Forced March over broken terrain.

In this first competition of the season, the Cape team finished with a first place in both the Physical Fitness and 5K Forced March, and an overall first place among the competitors. Cadet Cassidy Blevins won the individual first-place award for the highest female physical fitness score with a 282 out of 300 possible points.

The team, led by Cadet MSG Ross Hicks, Cadet 2LT Alex Dominick, and Cadet 2LT Dean Hysock, consisted of cadets Jack Rothner, Jacob Daniels, Joel Torres, Nikki Surface, Cassidy Blevins, Josh Thompson, Jacob Mayfield, Kaylee Lambert, Justin Mahoney, Michael Lopez, James Moholland and James Abertella.