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UNI ROTC cadets complete Ranger Challenge

November 10, 2002

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

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Twenty University of Northern Iowa ROTC students recently completed the annual Ranger Challenge at Camp Dodge, Iowa. The challenge is designed to test the best cadets in the nation physically and mentally.

The students completed eight rigorous events that included: a 10-kilometer roadmarch, the Army physical fitness test, orienteering, weapons disassemble/assemble, grenade throw, one-rope bridge, rifle marksmanship, and a reconnaissance event during the one-day competition.

The UNI students were divided into two teams and competed against nine schools and 13 teams. In the 10-kilometer road march, UNI Team One took first place, and UNI Team Two placed eighth. In the Army physical fitness test, Team One placed third and Team Two placed fifth. In the reconnaissance event, Team One placed fifth, and Team Two placed sixth. In the grenade assault course, Team One placed third, and in the grenade assault throw, they placed fifth. In the M16A2 basic rifle marksmanship competition, Team One placed fifth, while Team Two placed sixth. Overall, Team One placed eighth, and Team Two placed ninth.

Note: to obtain a listing of the students, please contact the Office of University Marketing and Public Relations at (319) 273-2761.