Crockett JROTC cadets excel in orienteering event

Natalie Ruble, Cheyenne Hersey, Angela Thayer, Chelsea Thayer, Riley Tino, and Kayona Yates

The David Crockett High School Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) Freshmen Orienteering Team turned in a strong performance at the Annual Duck Island Orienteering Meet last Saturday.

David Crockett’s female cadets finished first as a team thanks to the efforts of Riley Tino, Kaona Yates, Cheyenne Hersey, Chelsea Thayer, Angela Thayer, Natalie Ruble and Taiesha Overstreet.  Natalie Ruble finished second overall in the individual competition and earned a medal.

The Duck Island meet is open to JROTC cadets who have never competed in orienteering meets. Orienteering is a sport that can be completed by anyone. This ancient sport originated in the 19th century in Sweden, where it originated as a military training. The term “orienteering” was first used in 1886 at a Swedish Military Academy and the meaning was crossing of unknown land with the aid of a map and compass.

The boys’ team consisted of Jackson Mears, Haiden Wilson, James Norton, Ian Lewis, and Josh Sparks. This year’s Orienteering Commander, Cadet CPO Blake Lengele attended to motivate the team as he competed in the event last year as a freshman.

Row One: Natalie Ruble, Angela Thayer, Ian Lewis, Jackson Mears, Hayden Wilson. Row Two: Chelsea Thayer, Blake Lengele (CDR), Cheyenne Hersey, Riley Tino, Kayona Yates, James Norton, and Josh Sparks. Not pictured:  Taiesha Overstreet

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