TACOMA, Wash. – The Gonzaga University ROTC Bulldog Battalion finished second at the recent University of Hawaii Ranger Challenge team at the Viking Challenge II Championship at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, near Tacoma. A team from California Polytechnic State University placed third.
Hawaii and Gonzaga fought a fierce battle, but Hawaii won due to a slight advantage in overall points for the 11 events in the competition Jan. 25-27. Hawaii finished first among the 30 teams in the 8th Brigade of the U.S. Army Cadet Command and will represent the Brigade in the Sandhurst Competition at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. in April.
The Bulldogs were led by junior Micah Rarick and seniors Zach Ogorek, Sam Sheahan and Chris Smith. The team also included Matt Schepergerdes, Erin Cannon, Dan Dawson, Connor McKeegan, Ben Hofstetter, Nolan Saam, James Kazunas, and Bailey Nash.
Professor of Military Science Lt. Col. David Bingham and Senior Military Instructor Staff Sgt. Kenneth Morris traveled with the team and contributed to the team’s success.
“The team fought like Rangers and displayed the warrior ethos in all aspects of the competition,” said Alan Westfield, senior military science instructor and coach. “Throughout the competition, the team remained focused, never panicked or flinched, pushed and pulled one another to a higher level, and performed as close as humanly possible to their potential.”
For more information, contact Alan Westfield at (509) 981-1947 or via email.