A team from West Virginia State University's Army ROTC program recently traveled to Fort Pickett, Va. for the Ranger Challenge.
The 11-member team from WVSU finished ninth in competition with similarly sized programs, placing ahead of schools such as Hampton, Howard and Virginia State University, according to a news release from WVSU.
The WVSU team also bested its finish from the 2011 Ranger Challenge when it finished in 10th place.
This year's annual Ranger Challenge featured more than 400 cadets from 89 ROTC programs from throughout a multi-state region. The two-day event included competitions in a variety of physical and mentally challenging events planned along an 8-mile route, such as assembling rifles, land navigation and operating common military radios.
The WVSU cadets will participate in a training exercise in the spring that also will include West Virginia University and Marshall University.
The Yellow Jacket Battalion at WVSU features students from WVSU, the University of Charleston, Glenville State College and the WVU Institute of Technology. A total of 60 cadets in the battalion, and 16 of them are WVSU students.