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Cherokee JNROTC places second in Duck Island orienteering meet

Cadet Ensign Travis Baxley • Sep 12, 2018 at 10:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — The Cherokee High School NJROTC placed second overall in the seventh annual Duck Island Orienteering Meet Saturday at Warriors Path State Park. The competition was open to cadets who had never taken part in an orienteering meet.

Orienteering began as military training in the 19th century in Sweden.

The term “orienteering” was first used in 1886 at the Swedish Military Academy, and the meaning was crossing of unknown land with the aid of a map and compass.

While orienteering relies upon one’s athletic ability, it’s more the participant’s ability to use the items given to find his or her way around the surrounding area.

A participant might have the fastest time on the course, but without having the ability to accurately locate each point, he or she will most definitely lose any orienteering competition.

Duck Island’s orienteering course consists of 17 markers spread out across a map.

In order for each cadet to show that he or she had correctly located each marker, a hole-punch was attached to each individual marker for the cadet to mark a scorecard.

For each point a participant incorrectly marked on his or her scorecard, a 15 minute penalty would be given.

Any participant who was to mark three or more points incorrectly on the scorecard would be disqualified.

A trophy was awarded to each team that placed in the three overall male and female categories.

Cherokee’s males placed second overall, including cadets James Bond, Chris Harris, Keegan Horn, Seanquavis Howard, Hayden Lawson, Xander Lovin, Symon Mallory, Mathew Sora, Ian Stewart, Blaine Wilder and Addison Young.

The commanders who attended Duck Island meet were Heather Whitt, Austin Manning and Jessica Rawlings.

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