Rayburn JROTC team sweeps championship

January 7, 2019

The Sam Rayburn High School JROTC Texan Battalion recently earned another title at the recent U.S. Open Raider Challenge Championships in San Antonio.

The 12-student team was named champion in the co-ed division in competition last month against 45 teams from 14 school districts and all military services throughout the southwestern United States, according to a Pasadena ISD press release.

Events included: an Army obstacle course; construction and crossing of a one-rope bridge; a 5K cross-country run; a 1-mile gauntlet run; and “the Crucible,” a series of physically demanding events requiring precise, coordinated teamwork.

Severe weather — 5 inches or more of rain accompanied by strong, steady winds and unseasonably cool temperatures — added to the challenge.

The team also earned first-place finishes in each of the competition’s five events and set a course record for the 1-mile gauntlet with a time of 6 minutes and 41 seconds.

Team members are: Byron Aguirre, Diana Calderon, Dasha Cuello, Jose Garcia, Alexus Gonzalez, Jorge Jassofuentes, Dana Morales, Oscar Moreno, Alecia Morin, Angel Pena, Kevin Poteet, Cesar Ruiz and Nelson Villatoro.

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