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Cadets Succeed in Ranger Challenge

By James Hsieh
Team Member

On Saturday, Oct. 22 and Sunday, Oct. 23, MIT Army Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets competed in the annual Ranger Challenge Shoot Out, held at Fort Devans, Mass.

The cadets from MIT, Harvard University, Tufts University, and Wellesley College performed admirably in the grueling two-day competition.

This year, MIT Army ROTC sent two teams of nine. Each team competed in eight events: the Army Physical Fitness Test, M-16 Marksmanship, Orienteering and Land Navigation, Weapons Assembly, the Grenade Assault Course, the One Rope Bridge, a Patrolling Test, and finally a 10 km Forced Road March in full combat gear.

The two teams finished ninth and 17th out of 20. Last year, the sole MIT Ranger Challenge team finished 13th.

Team 1 performed exceptionally well in two events, earning Streamers of Excellence for the Patrolling Test and Weapons Assembly. On the Patrolling Test, Team 1 had the third highest score of the day. The Streamer for Weapons Assembly, was especially dear, since MIT had come in dead last the previous year.

Team captain Gus Leotta '95 was especially "impressed with the team's involvement, dedication, and improvement from last year."

The younger team, Team 2, consisting mostly of freshmen and sophomores, overcame inexperience with their energy. Without a veteran from previous years, Team 2 still managed to come in ahead of three other schools.

Team members from MIT included Leotta, Craig Abler '97, Martin Duke '97, and James Hsieh '97.

Both teams had been training hard since September. With the experience gained, next year should prove to be even better.

"Each and every member was a winner due to the amount of time expended and effort put forth," said Army Officer Maj. Peter Sherrill.