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Fredericktown JROTC hosts annual Raider Challenge

The Fredericktown JROTC Raider Challenge brought eleven teams from the region to compete Saturday in an all-day physical contest, divided into several events.

This year, Fredericktown took fourth place overall, first place in the obstacle course and in the individual Ultimate Raider challenge, Fredericktown’s Tyler Conn took first place.

Fredericktown JROTC instructor Sgt. Brian Cofer said the event went over well, even better than past years.

“It was a great day,” Cofer said. “It went very well. Eleven teams said they were coming and 11 teams showed up. That’s the first time that’s happened, usually somebody drops off at the end.”

“It’s the first time we’ve won the Ultimate Raider at any meet,” Cofer continued. “It’s cool that it was at ours. And we got fourth overall. We got first place in the obstacle course and second place in the biathlon. Overall fourth out of eleven teams—so not so bad.”

Cofer said other teams had mentioned to him the Fredericktown meet was one of the most difficult Raider Challenges they’ve attended, which Cofer said is how it should be.

“Most of the other meets have something that’s not physical somewhere in there,” Cofer said. “Like knot-tying or something. Myself and Leavenworth are the only two that take away all of the non-physical stuff. So Leavenworth is probably the hardest, but we’re gaining on them real fast. And that’s by design.”

A student who competes in every event in the day will have run between 13 and 14 miles at the end of the meet. Cofer said the Fredericktown biathlon is shorter than some, but the difference is made up in the length of the obstacle course and litter carry.

The event was made possible by community support in a variety of capacities. The trophies for the winners, as well as t-shirts and headbands were all provided by sponsors of the event.

“We had more support than we’ve ever had,” Cofer said. “If it wasn’t for police and fire and booster club, and four or five teachers, the principal and the superintendent coming out, we couldn’t have done it.”

“We did headbands this year too,” Cofer said. “We got pink headbands. When they were getting on the bus it was like a sea of pink out there. This is the first year we’ve done it, so we’ll probably do it every year. The headbands were a big hit, and the t-shirts always are.

Cofer said he sees t-shirts from the Fredericktown Raider Challenge for two or three years after the event at other meets.

The day was made even more memorable when two competitors from Moberly who are both enlisting in the Army infantry became engaged during the awards ceremony.

The Fredericktown JROTC will be providing support for the upcoming SEMO SWAT Challenge at the Fredericktown SRT site as well as a razor rodeo event the same day.

JROTC teams begin their day at 6 a.m. with a physical fitness test, consisting of timed push-ups  and sit-ups, and a two-mile run.</p><p class=

Look for more photos of the 2017 JROTC Raider Challenge at www.democratnewsonline.com” width=”800″ /> JROTC teams begin their day at 6 a.m. with a physical fitness test, consisting of timed push-ups  and sit-ups, and a two-mile run.

Look for more photos of the 2017 JROTC Raider Challenge at www.democratnewsonline.com

Fredericktown’s Tyler Conn (left) took first place in the Ultimate Raider challenge and received his trophy from teammate Carson Stephens

Fredericktown’s Tyler Conn (left) took first place in the Ultimate Raider challenge and received his trophy from teammate Carson Stephens

This year, Fredericktown took first place in the obstacle course at Saturday's Raider Challenge.

This year, Fredericktown took first place in the obstacle course at Saturday’s Raider Challenge.

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