LAHS NJROTC Hosts Rio Grande Showdown

NJROTC cadets participate in the physical fitness portion of the Rio Grande Showdown between Los Alamos and Montrose, Colo. Courtesy photo

NJROTC sporter air rifle teams compete Saturday, Oct. 28 at Los Alamos High School. Courtesy photo

By Cadet/SCPO Richard Thompson

Los Alamos High School NJROTC cadets hosted the Rio Grande Showdown Saturday, Oct. 28 with NJROTC cadets from Montrose, Colo.

The two teams competed in sporter air rifle, shooting targets while prone, standing and kneeling. They also tested the physical fitness, competing in push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups and the 800-meter run.

The last event was the Brain Brawl where cadets were asked questions on a wide selection of knowledge ranging from their chain of command and Armed Forces ranks to first aid terms and historical battles.

New cadets had a great opportunity to practice competition in a meet setting. Many cadets contributed much of their time and effort to make this possible, including our Commanding Officer Cadet/LTC Jacob Torrez and Executive Officer Cadet/ Lt. Neil Wilkerson. The meet has helped grow a special relationship between the two units.

Towards the end of the meet, the cadets participated in a Combat Fitness Training event, which was both mentally and physically strenuous, involving lots of sprinting and heavy lifting. Cadet/ SCPO Richard Thompson and Cadet/LTJG Jacob Thompson had the quickest times running the course.

It was a spectacular competition for everyone who participated and the cadets are looking forward to seeing Montrose next semester for a drill meet in Colorado Springs.

Cadets participate in the final event of the day, the Brain Brawl. Courtesy photo

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