Missouri Military Academy Has Strong Showing in Missouri State Raiders Championship

Missouri Military Academy (MMA) hosted the Missouri State Raiders Championship on Saturday, October 23, 2021. A precursor to the ROTC collegiate level Ranger Competition, Raiders is a military-style competition conducted with an 8-man team. The one-day event includes a 5K road march, Raider Challenge Course, Physical Team Test (PTT), and Gauntlet Course, one-rope bridge, and obstacle course.

A total of 12 high schools, fielding 21 teams, from Missouri, Illinois and Wisconsin participated in the competition, including the following:

  • Blue Springs South High School, MO, 3 teams
  • Knob Noster High School, MO, 2 teams
  • Lafayette High School, MO, 1 team
  • Lee’s Summit North High School, MO, 2 teams
  • Marmion Academy, IL, 1 team
  • Missouri Military Academy, MO, 2 teams
  • Moberly High School, MO, 2 teams
  • Nevada High School, MO, 1 team
  • Ozark High School, MO, 4 teams
  • Poplar Bluff High School, MO, 1 team
  • Scott Reginal Tech Center (SRTC), MO, 1 team
  • St. John's Northwestern Academies, WI, 1 team

Out of 14 male teams, MMA’s Colonels Raiders team 1 took fourth place overall in the championship with 2nd overall in the obstacle course. Both teams are coached by SFC John Biddle.

Team 1 member Cadet Bryson Powell (pictured above) came in first in the single-person Ultimate Raider Event with a time of 5:17 — a whole 21 seconds ahead of the 2nd place competitor! President Geraci recognized Cadet Powell for this accomplishment on Oct. 26 (photo below).


MMA Raiders Team 1 finished with 3rd place in gauntlet, 7th place for One-Rope Bridge, 2nd place for Obstacle Course, 3rd place in the 5K, 4th place in the Raider Challenge Course, and 4th place for the Physical Team Test (PTT). Team 1 members included the following:

  • Patricio Regis (team captain)
  • Gage Blanton
  • Gabriel Iglesias Osorio
  • Ryan Miles
  • Connor Moore
  • Clayton Nelson
  • Bryson Powell
  • Gavin Roberts
  • Lucas Sydlewski
  • Samuel Way

MMA Team 2 finished in fifth place overall. They finished with 2nd place in gauntlet, 3rd place for One-Rope Bridge, 3rd place for Obstacle Course, 5th place in the 5K, 7th place in the Raider Challenge Course, and 7th place for the Physical Team Test (PTT). Team 2 members included the following:

  • René Garcia-Garza (team captain)
  • Wayland Evans
  • Kruze Hagan
  • Roman Lowder
  • Gabriel Ontiveros
  • Louis Pfaff
  • Angelo Urdaneta
  • Allan Wilson
  • Parker Woodruff

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