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UNI ROTC cadets complete Ranger Buddy Challenge <br>

May 5, 2003

Maj. Paul McNamara, UNI Department of Military Science, (319) 273-7360
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Twelve University of Northern Iowa ROTC students recently completed the annual Ranger Buddy Challenge in Lawrence, Kan. The challenge is designed to test the best cadets in the nation physically and mentally.

The students completed seven rigorous events that included: a 10-kilometer roadmarch, vertical wall climb, orienteering, weapons assembly and disassembly, litter carry, hand grenade assault course, and an obstacle course during the one-day competition. There were 23 schools and 83 teams participating.

Cadet Stacey Lyon, a junior from Independence, and Cadet Mariah Schweitzer, a junior from Grandview, placed second for all female teams. Cadet Erick Eggers, a junior from Marshalltown, and Cadet Tyson Trunkhill, a sophomore from Buffalo Center, placed second overall in the 10k roadmarch, fifth in the vertical wall climb, and sixth on the obstacle course. Cadet Justin High, a junior from Manchester, and Cadet Andrew Kilgore, a sophomore from Des Moines, placed twelfth in the weapons assembly and disassembly.

Other students participating included; Cadet Caitlin Wright, a junior from Council Bluffs; Cadet Jennifer Zaiser, a junior from Fairfield; Cadet Charley Davis, a senior from Muscatine; Cadet Jason McIntosh, a junior from Missouri Valley; Cadet Kent Greiner, a sophomore from Cedar Falls; and Cadet Thomas Slykhuis, a sophomore from Knoxville.