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University of Iowa News Release

Dec. 22, 2004


Top (Team Gold) from left: Mark Omundson (Assistant Captain), Stephen Gauger (Team Captain), Bobby Baythavong, Jeffery Pottratz, Thomas Heidenreich, Briceson Tish, John Powers, Stephen Grabo, and Pat Akers (Assistant Captain). Click here for a high-resolution version of this image.

Bottom (Team Black) from left: Adam Stoddard (Student Coach), Matthew Young (Assistant Captain), Ruben Rangel (Team Captain), Nick Appel, KenWall, Matt Dieterich, Dillon Keifer, Stephen Hummel, Tyler Rund (Assistant Captain), and Collin McKinley. Click here for a high-resolution version of this image.

UI ROTC Competes In Fall Ranger Challenge Competition

Two Ranger Challenge Teams from the University of Iowa Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) recently participated in the 11th Brigade (East) Ranger Challenge competition hosted by Iowa State University at Camp Dodge, Iowa. By the end of the competition, Team Black had placed 2nd and Team Gold had placed 11th out of 15 teams from various Midwestern universities.

The fall 2004 competition, similar to adventure racing, was called "15 Hours of Pain." Teams, consisting of nine members each, were graded on speed and accuracy in eight events including: Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT), rifle marksmanship, one-rope bridge, hand grenade assault course, orienteering, weapons assembly/disassembly, 10 kilometer road march and a surprise event.

UI teams consisted of both Army and Air Force ROTC cadets. During the awards ceremony Team Black was recognized for the highest basic rifle marksmanship team score, while Team Gold's Cadet Jeffery Pottratz had a perfect score on his M16 record fire with two rounds in the center of each of the ten targets. Team Black's Cadet Matthew Young had a perfect score, 300 points, on the disassembly and assembly of the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon.

Special mention was given to Steve Hummel for carrying two 25-pound rucksacks for a majority of the 10K road march. Also, alumni provided donations for energy food and team shirts, and other individuals provided items of inspiration and motivation. Team coaches were Maj. David Pinter, Staff Sgt. Ty Ruiz and Cadet Adam Stoddard, who served as student coach.


Participants, listed by hometown, with Iowa listed first, were:


Mark Omundson, Gold Team Assistant Captain

Matt Dieterich, Black Team Member

Cedar Rapids
Matthew Young, Black Team Assistant Captain

John Powers, Gold Team Member

Grundy Center
Nick Appel, Black Team Member

Tyler Rund, Black Team Assistant Captain

Bobby Baythavong, Gold Team Member

Mason City
Jeffrey Pottratz, Gold Team Member

Thomas Heidenreich, Gold Team Member

Saint Ansgar
Collin McKinley, Black Team Member

Dillon Michael, Black Team Member


Garden Grove
Ruben Rangel, Black Team Captain


Fort Myers
Stephen Hummel, Black Team Member


Patrick Akers, Gold Team Assistant Captain

Orland Park
Stephen Grabo, Gold Team Member
Ken Wall, Black Team Member

Stephen Gauger, Gold Team Captain


Adam Stoddard, Student Coach


Fort Belvoir
Briceson Tish, Gold Team Member

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