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Clarkson ROTC team races to second place finish at Ranger Challenge

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POTSDAM - For the second year in a row, the Golden Knight Battalion Ranger Challenge Team from Clarkson University Army ROTC finished in second place out of 42 teams in this year’s Ranger Challenge competition held at Fort Dix, N.J.

The competition, held earlier this month, is a series of nine events that included two obstacle courses, a timed assembly of military weapons, a one rope bridge, a telephone pole carry, a hand grenade course, and a “Commander’s Challenge” written test.

The teams competed in full gear (helmets, boots, uniforms, rucksack, and weapon). The entire course was approximately six miles long and took the Clarkson team more than three hours to complete. The final event, a six-mile, timed road march, was held on the second day.

All of the team members are students enrolled in the Army ROTC program at Clarkson University.

The team of nine students from Clarkson, SUNY Potsdam, and St Lawrence University was coached by Master Sergeant Clifford Foster and captained by SUNY Potsdam student Tim Dudley, business administration, Potsdam, N.Y.

The Clarkson students on the team were junior Timothy Goldstone, interdisciplinary engineering and management, Accord, N.Y.; and sophomores Courtney Quinn, biology, Hinsdale, Mass.; Nick Haluska, civil engineering, Slingerlands, N.Y.; Derek German, civil engineering, Clinton, N.Y.; and Adam Yates, aeronautical engineering, Black River, N.Y.

Rounding out the team were SUNY Potsdam junior Joe Locci, environmental science, Parish, N.Y.; St. Lawrence junior Taylor Macci, history, Fort Plain, N.Y.; and St. Lawrence freshman Alec Savage, international and foreign affairs, Deansboro, N.Y.

The Golden Knights Battalion continued to perform well in the annual competition. Recent finishes included first-place in 2000 and 2007 and a second year in a row as runners up to Penn State.

Training six days a week since the beginning of the semester, the team again finished ahead of many of their rivals. Among the teams that trailed the Clarkson team this year were Syracuse, Cornell, and RIT. The field was made up of schools from the Second Brigade, which encompasses 43 Army ROTC programs in the Northeast.

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