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11-17-2015

Clarkson University Army ROTC Students Win 2nd Place in Annual Ranger Challenge

The Clarkson University Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Ranger Challenge team took second place out of 42 schools at the annual competition at Fort Dix , N.J., this fall.

Clarkson University Army ROTCThis year’s competition consisted of nine events, including a paint ball battle, phalanx skirmish, obstacle course, squad assault course, machine gun crew assault course, a 4.7 mile foot march and a 7 mile casualty carry foot march.

The team placed first in the sandbag-fill competition and the commander’s challenge event. The events this year required a combination of physical effort, teamwork, problem solving and creativity to be competitive.

Ranger Challenge is the varsity sport of Army ROTC. Every year 42 teams from schools across the Northeast compete in skills critical to the Army. This year’s team from Clarkson’s Golden Knight Battalion consisted of nine cadets and two alternates representing cadets from Clarkson, SUNY Potsdam, and St. Lawrence University.

The Clarkson representatives were civil engineering student Nick Haluska '16, aeronautical engineering student Adam Yates '16, mechanical engineering student Dennis DeVries '17, civil engineering student Hayes Lowth '17, biology student Ali Schwenzfeier '17, mechanical engineering student Jacob Tomlinson '18, and mechanical engineering student Sam Suski '19.

The team also included SUNY Potsdam biology student Taylor Richardson '18 and St. Lawrence University history and government student Alec Savage '17.

Clarkson chemical engineering student David Broderick '18 and civil engineering student Kyle Phillips '18 were the alternates. The team was coached by Capt. Richard Martinez and 2nd Lt. Ben Salem.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: A team of Clarkson University Army ROTC Cadets recently finished second of 42 teams in the Ranger Challenge competition held at Fort Dix. Kneeling: Adam Yates (Clarkson). Front row, left to right: Taylor Richardson (SUNY Potsdam), Ali Schwenzfeier (Clarkson), Nick Haluska (Clarkson), Hayes Lowth (Clarkson), Jacob Tomlinson (Clarkson), Sam Suski (Clarkson), Dennis DeVries (Clarkson), and Alec Savage (St Lawrence).

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/rangerchallenge-2015.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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