KU News Release

April 15, 2011
Contact: Lt. Col. John D. Clark, Army ROTC, (785) 864-1113

Two teams of Army ROTC cadets place at Ranger Buddy Competition

LAWRENCE — University of Kansas Army ROTC cadets John Bergman, a senior from Lawrence, and Stuart McConnell, a freshman from Newton, took the top spot in the male division at the 17th annual KU Army ROTC Ranger Buddy Competition.

The team of Christopher Knoll, a senior from Olathe, and Sarah Meyer, a senior from New London, Iowa, placed in third in the co-ed division.

The competition was held April 2 at Clinton Lake in Lawrence. Overall, 100 two-person teams from 25 colleges in 14 states competed; 16 students from KU took part.

Cadets on male, female or co-ed teams went through a series of events for the title of Best Ranger Buddy Team in each division.

The competition began with a 10-kilometer road march with a 45-pound ruck sack and ended with a 10-kilometer run in combat boots.

Between the road march and run, round robin events included an M16 rifle disassembly, reassembly and functions check; a hand grenade assault course; a knot-tying event; an obstacle course dubbed the “crucible”; and a mystery event that turned out to be another obstacle course that the cadets had to navigate while carrying a 200-pound dummy on a stretcher.

“Cadet Bergman and I knew what we had to do and worked hard on our weapons and knots skills,” said McConnell. “It felt great to represent the battalion and all the other Jayhawks. We did it for them as much as for ourselves. We’ll be back next year.”

Overall, the top three finishers in each division were:

Male division — first place: KU; second: University of Missouri-Columbia; third: Marquette University

Female division — first place: University of North Dakota; second: North Dakota State University; third: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Coed division — first place: Pittsburg State University; second: Washington University; third: KU.

“The battalion’s performance in the execution of the 2011 KU Ranger Buddy Challenge met our high standards and exceeded the standards and expectations each professor of military science and senior military instructor that I spoke with,” said Lt. Col. Victor Hamilton, professor of military science. “It was a total team effort requiring coordination with Fort Leavenworth Command and General Staff College students, the Kansas National Guard, Association of the United States Army, DRASH tent contractors, media and many schools. It was a satisfying victory.”

“I am personally glad we could bring the trophy back to KU, and I’m happy that we could represent the university and the ROTC in a positive manner,” said Bergman.

KU cadets who participated in the competition are listed below by hometown, major, level in school, parents’ names and high school.

From Andover 67002
Tyler Richard Beck, junior in economics; Meg Beck and Daniel Beck; Andover High School.

From Eudora 66025
Paul Preston Bender, junior in geography; Jack Bender; Lawrence High School.

From Lawrence 66044
Howard Lee Ballard, senior in geography; Lawrence Free State High School.

From Lawrence 66049
John Phillip Bergman, senior in management and leadership; Ray and Kathy Bergman; Lawrence Free State High School.

From Lawrence 66049 and Seminole, Fla.
Austin John Simons, freshman in history; Robert Simons (Seminole, Fla.) and Deena Shipley (Lawrence); Lawrence Free State High School.

From Newton 67114
Stuart Mark McConnell, freshman in film and media studies; Michael and Carla McConnell; Newton High School.

From Leawood 66209
Dan Joseph Stork, freshman preparing to major in sport science/community health; Kris and Keith Stork; Blue Valley North High School, Overland Park.

From Olathe 66061
Christopher Robert Knoll, senior in finance; Olathe East High School.

From Leavenworth 66048
Blake Steven Horvath, junior in history; Jan and Sherry Horvath; Leavenworth Senior High School.

From Tonganoxie 66086 and Kansas City
Colin Jeffrey Rosewicz, freshman in geology; Sheri Jansen (Tonganoxie) and Kevin Rosewicz (Kansas City); Tonganoxie High School.

From Wichita 67060
David Allen Knifley, freshman in human biology; Debbie and Robert Knifley; Campus High School.

From Wichita 67205
Collin John Case, freshman preparing to major in secondary education; Rick Case; Maize High School.

From Berryton 66409
Travis Scott Warren, freshman preparing to major in political science; Scott and Christina Warren; Shawnee Heights Senior High School, Tecumseh.

From Kansas City 66109 and Tonganoxie
Colin Jeffrey Rosewicz. SEE LEAVENWORTH COUNTY

From Seminole 33776 and Lawrence, Kan.
Austin John Simons. SEE DOUGLAS COUNTY

From New London 52645
Sarah Josephine Meyer, senior in design; Barbara Meyer; New London Junior-Senior High School.

From St. Clair 63077
Andrew Stephen Haanpaa, sophomore in anthropology; Susan Hedrick; St. Clair R-XIII High School.

Fort Drum 13602
Justin Michael Patterson, senior in applied behavioral science and history; Deanna and Mark Patterson; Indian River Senior High School, Philadelphia, Pa.

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