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Clarkson Army ROTC Has Top Four Finish at Regional Ranger Challenge

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"We finished exceptionally well, especially considering the constant rain the team had to endure during the first day of the competition," remarked, Clarkson assistant professor of military science, Major Scott Toth. The finish was a two place improvement over last year. The Golden Knight Battalion won the competition in 2000. ranger-challenge2005

The Golden Knights battalion competed in seven demanding events, including rifle marksmanship, an obstacle course, ammunition transport competition, orienteering, physical fitness and a hand grenade assault course featuring paint ball snipers. Cadet Burgess won the two-mile run event, finishing well ahead of the rest of the field.

"The balance of this year's team and the fact that almost half the Clarkson Cadet Battalion tried out for the team bodes well for next year's competition," said Toth. Among the twenty teams competing in this year's Ranger Challenge were cadets from Cornell University, the University of Massachusetts, Northeastern, University, Rochester Institute of Technology and Syracuse University.

PHOTO CAPTION: Members of Clarkson University Army ROTC Ranger Challenge team finished 4th in the competed in the 2005 Ranger Challenge 1st Brigade competition.

Front row, left to right: Edward Allen, Jason Keener, Andrew James, Andrew Gaffield.

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