On Saturday July 23, the Daniel Boone High School Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (MCJROTC) Physical Fitness Team competed at the fourth annual Vallie View 5K obstacle run and took home first place.
The 3.1-mile course, located in Chuckey, included more than 20 land and water obstacles requiring strength, agility, endurance, and determination to negotiate. Every competitor was given a chip tag for recording their time, placement, and pace. Groups were broken down first by gender followed by age groups 15 and under, 16-19, 20-35, 36-49, 50-59, and 60-and-over.
Boone cadet Andreya Cox finished first in the girls’ 16-19 division, followed by her teammate Nanchaya Bailey, who claimed runner-up honors. Boone cadet Jackson Ramsey finished second in the boys’ 16-19 division.
Athletes may compete as an individual or as a team. Daniel Boone High School certainly represented this day with 19 participating runners out of the 125 competitors. Boone’s Jackson Ramsey, Atlas Batten, Bryan Bradshaw, and Conner Rowan secured a first-place victory in the team category with a runtime average of 51 minutes.
Meanwhile, a group of Boone JROTC cadets displayed excellence in the classroom by finishing third in the nation at the JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl in Washington, D.C. over the summer.
Over 3,000 teams that entered the competition, but only 72 were selected to attend the finals in the nation’s capital. Teams competed in round robin divisions answering questions in mathematics, science, literature, history and current events.
Daniel Boone’s team comprised of Cadets Owen Peterson, Philip Hart, Zachary Belcher, and Casey Grindstaff finished with an overall record of 5-2. Boone’s finish is the highest placement for the team, which has qualified for the nationals five years in a row.