EASLEY — Easley’s Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Orienteering team competed in the National NJROTC Orienteering Championship competition held at Richard B. Russell State Park in Elberton, Ga., March 8 and March 9.
Easley’s team tied for fourth place with South Aiken, which is one of Easley’s rivals.
“Easley’s cadets worked extremely hard for this accomplishment,” said Chief Mark Stauder. “For these younger cadets going up against more experienced orienteers and doing as well as they did makes me very proud to be their coach. The 2015 NJROTC Orienteering Nationals will be held in California and Easley’s team hopes that they can qualify and afford to compete.”
Each of the 13 NJROTC areas throughout the United States consisting of over 600 NJROTC units with approximately 70,000 cadets held qualifying orienteering competitions to determine which units from each area were eligible to be invited to the National event.
Easley was invited because it won the Area 6 meet last year and hosted the Area 6 meet this year. Area 6 consists of 65 units in North Carolina and South Carolina. Twenty-two NJROTC units, some from as far away as California, ventured to this 2,508 acre state park hoping to win the national title.
Easley’s team consisted of six first-year cadets, six second-year cadets and three third-year cadets, maxing out the total number of 15 that each unit could enter.
Three set cross country courses were laid out by the Georgia Orienteering Club ranging in distance from 2.5 miles to 3.5 miles using international orienteering control markers. The runners on the Yellow course (3.2 km) were Brenda Lopez-Perez, Colton Sheriff, Chase Wengerd, Hunter Nix and Matthew West.
On the Orange course (4.1 km) were Tyler Burton, Joey Sigler, Ryan Jeanes, Natanael Lopez-Perez and Savannah Kalasinski. The Green course (5.7 km), which was the hardest, was run by John Spitzmiller, Justin Hill, Brandon Marsh, Eric Crenshaw and Freddy Juarez.