October 30, 2013
PILOT MOUNTAIN — On Saturday morning, the Elkin High School JROTC Raiders traveled to East Surry High School competing against 15 other Raider teams.
The Elkin High School JROTC Raiders A Team members are: Aaron Sturdivant, , Clevland Ball, Daniel Cortes, Jesus Rivera, Josiah Blevins, Justin Gunter, Marco Bravo, Max Dumas and Walker Longworth. The Support Team was Carlos Salazar, Alex Dickerson, Dorian Jackson and Evelyn Alberto.
At the competition, the team participated in a push-ups and sit-ups competition.
The team participated in a timed one-mile run.
After completing of the PT test, the Elkin Raiders moved to the second event — the knot tying relay race where the cadets were scored on their ability to tie correctly four types of knots after running four 100-meter sprints in four-man buddy teams. The team scored high in accuracy and speed, according to Maj. Roy Ferguson, Senior Army instructor at East Surry High School.
According to Ferguson, the next event challenged the team to work together to build a one-rope bridge that the entire team would have to cross over a simulated water obstacle. The team constructed and crossed the bridge in four minutes.
The fourth event tested the Elkin Raider’s strength and stamina by pulling an Army HUMVEE about 40 yards up a gradual incline. The vehicle was pulled 40 yards in 30 seconds.
The fifth event was the litter/stretcher carry team event.
The last event was the 5K team run. All eight team members had to run 13 laps around the 1/4-mile track staying together and carrying their unit guidon/flag. The Raiders completed the task in 30 minutes.