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11-03-2016

Clarkson University Army ROTC Competes in Ranger Challenge

The Clarkson University Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Ranger Challenge team recently traveled to Fort Dix, N.J., to compete in the annual Ranger Challenge competition, where the team finished sixth overall.

The Clarkson University Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Ranger Challenge team recently traveled to Fort Dix, N.J., to compete in the annual Ranger Challenge competition, where the team finished sixth overall. Left to right, front row: Sam Suski, Colin Barnes and Ali Schwenzfeier. Back row: Maj. Mike Athanasakis, Hayes Lowth, Alec Savage, Taylor Richardson, Andrew Sawicki, Joseph Settineri, Dennis DeVries, David Broderick, Hayley Elliot, Derek Amann and Capt. Leo Krystof.This year’s competition consisted of nine events, including a paint ball battle, a king of the ring skirmish, tug of war, obstacle courses, war hakas, machine gun crew drills, a five-mile foot march and a casualty evacuation foot march.

The team won its head-to-head matchups in paintball, the war haka, and king of the ring. 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 three alternates, representing cadets from Clarkson, SUNY Potsdam and St. Lawrence University.

The Clarkson representatives were civil engineering student and team captain Hayes Lowth '17, mechanical engineering student Dennis DeVries '17, biology student Ali Schwenzfeier '17, chemical engineering student David Broderick '18, civil engineering student Derek Amann ‘19, mechanical engineering student Sam Suski '19 and civil engineering student Colin Barnes ‘20.

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

The team’s alternates were biology/biomedical engineering student Hayley Elliot ’18, aeronautical engineering student Andrew Sawicki ’19, and St. Lawrence University chemistry student Joseph Settineri. The team was coached by Capt. Leo Krystof and 2nd Lt. Adam Yates.

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, New York, Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, 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 innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: The Clarkson University Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Ranger Challenge team recently traveled to Fort Dix, N.J., to compete in the annual Ranger Challenge competition, where the team finished sixth overall. Left to right, front row: Sam Suski, Colin Barnes and Ali Schwenzfeier. Back row: Maj. Mike Athanasakis, Hayes Lowth, Alec Savage, Taylor Richardson, Andrew Sawicki, Joseph Settineri, Dennis DeVries, David Broderick, Hayley Elliot, Derek Amann and Capt. Leo Krystof.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/ranger-challenge-2016.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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