All three Adairsville teams finished first overall.
“A lot of schools focus on their mixed teams, which is their six best males and six best females on a single team,” 1st Sgt. Jerry Queen said. “If you have a male and a female team you don’t have that luxury, so we kind of focus on our males and females and then the mixed teams, and so their success is pretty amazing because they’re not the top physical Raiders right now, but they’re getting there.”
He added, “Other schools are really amazed that we have three teams that win trophies, most schools either focused on mixed [teams] or male and female. ... Before last year we only won one trophy, but last year our [female team] won third and fourth in the state, got two first place [awards] and this year we expect to take home some more first place [awards].”
The state qualifier had five events and today the school will have to compete in similar events but with more competition:
• Push-ups and sit-ups — Each team had two minutes to do as many push-ups and then they had two minutes to do as many sit-ups as they could. All the push-ups and sit-ups for each team were then added up and the total determined the winners.
• 2.5 mile run — Each 10-person team ran 2.5 miles. Time does not stop until the last team member crosses the line and each team must finish within 10 yards of each other or face a penalty. Basically, teams are only as fast as their slowest person.
• .75 mile cross country rescue — Each team carries a litter/stretcher weighing 120 lbs and six backpacks weighing 35 pounds through a course that is through water, up hills, down hills and on uneven terrain. The team that has the fastest time wins.
• Gauntlet — The gauntlet consisted of each team going over an eight-foot wall, climbing a 15-foot rope, low crawling 10 yards, pushing a weighted sled 60 yards, carrying and pulling equipment 60 yards, and sprinting to the finish line.
• One Rope Bridge — using a 120-foot rope, 10 snap links, and ten 12-foot ropes that make a rappel seat, each team must cross a span of 45 feet as fast a possible without touching the ground.
Cadet Adam Harper previously spoke with The Daily Tribune News when the school participated in the State Drill Championships.
“[JROTC] really helped me understand what it means to be a leader and how to really go about myself in the public,” Harper said. “I can’t just look around looking shabby and everything, it’s really taught me to stand up straight and look professional, to being organized and disciplined when putting our uniform together and marching in a formation.
“... It’s really helped me to understand what it means to be organized and disciplined later in life, and that’s a wonderful thing to take from JROTC.”
The school’s male and female teams will be going to the National Raider Championships Nov. 3 and Nov. 4 in Molena.