Submitted by Lt. Col. Scott Casey, Senior Marine Instructor, Granbury High School MCJROTC
Cadet Lt. Col. Sarah Folsom, a member of the Granbury High School MCJROTC Pirate Nation Physical Training (PT) Team and the National Champion Precision Air Rifle Team, competed in the National JROTC Fitness Challenge April 15, 2022, in Daytona Beach, Florida, and was crowned the Ultimate Female Fitness National Champion out of a field of over 100 female cadets.
The JROTC Fitness Nationals attracted many of the best male, mixed and female JROTC fitness teams in the country. The single-day championship event was a strong test for Granbury’s Pirate Nation team, challenging each member’s conditioning, teamwork, strategy, strength, quickness, power and determination.
The Pirate Nation competed in the mixed division that consisted of 15 teams. Each team of nine cadets (six male and three female) competed in five events. The first event was a three-kilometer run on the beach in which the team had to carry a 10-foot PVC pipe throughout the run. The next event was a Physical Training Test event designed to test the strength, balance, stamina, strategy and endurance of the team over a distance of 800 meters, using a variety of physical obstacles. Other events included maximum pull-ups for males, flexed arm hang for females, standing broad jump and a seated power throw of a two-kilogram medicine ball.
The Pirate Nation earned recognition in the following events: second in the pull-up/flexed arm hang, second in the Physical Training Test and fifth in the standing broad jump. Team members consisted of Sarah Folsom, Dianna Koch, Grace Larsen, Vanity Lopez, Ariana Tirado, Jett Burrell, Anthony Garcia, Jonathan Hutchison, Mason Light, Tyler Milligan, Fernando Ruiz-Contreras and Nathan Wilson.
Sarah Folsom also placed second overall in the seated power throw. This summer, Folsom will be heading to the United States Military Academy West Point to commence her professional military career.
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