Laurens NJROTC brings home first place at Blue Ridge Orienteering Meet

Nov 07 Written by  STAFF REPORTS

The Laurens District High School NJROTC orienteering team finished in first place and claimed the title of overall champions in the 23rd Annual Blue Ridge Orienteering Meet (BROM) on Saturday Nov. 4 at Kings Mountain State Park in Blacksburg, SC.

The event hosted 19 orienteering teams from all over North and South Carolina. Many of the teams, such as Easley, T.L. Hanna and Summerville, have consistently been the best teams in the North and South Carolina Region (Area 6) for many years.  These teams, along with Laurens, have gone on to the National Championships many times over the past five years.

Senior Ben Carter, the orienteering team commander, was already having a spectacular year, placing 7th on the varsity course (51:50) in the first meet of the year (Mountain Madness), competing against the best orienteers in the nation. He followed that up with a 2nd place finish at the Piedmont Challenge in Raleigh (76:26) where he took 2nd place by less than a minute. At the BROM, Carter led the Raiders varsity team by taking 2nd place on the male varsity course.

Brianna Roberts, the orienteering deputy commander, also did exceptionally well, completing the course in approximately two hours and taking 4th place on the female varsity course.

Trevor Neal and Jesse Baker also contributed to the score for the Raiders, who took 4th place on the varsity course.

The Orange Team, also known as the JV team, includes: Nathan Linardi, Rodrigo Cedillo, Arcxel Cruz-Tomas, Jesus Sosa-Hernandez, Zach Neal and Flor Cedillo. They did very well at Mountain Madness, helping the team finish in 5th place overall out of 30 teams. At the Piedmont Challenge, they combined to take the 1st place trophy. At the BROM, Linardi took the 1st place individual medal and Rodrigo Cedillo took the 3rd place individual medal, while the others contributed scores to help the team win first place on the JV course.

The freshman team has been developing throughout the year with Murphy Rush leading the way. Cadet Rush took 3rd place at Mountain Madness and took 1st place at the Piedmont Challenge. Rush, like many others, found Kings Mountain to be challenging, ending up just out of individual medal contention. Cadet Cody Emert completed his 2nd yellow course of the year and finished just ahead of Rush but also just outside of individual medal contention.

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