This is the first time in three years that Hawai‘i has
hosted the Ranger Challenge competition. Two years ago Team
Hawai‘i traveled to Alaska, and last year to Guam.
When we were in Alaska two years ago we lost to their team
by five points, I came in really wanting to win this year,” Hawai‘i
teammate Chris Ikeda said. Team Hawai‘i is comprised
of Army ROTC students from the University of Hawai‘i
Manoa, HPU, and Chaminade University.
Ranger Challenge is a seven-event competition. The events
include a one-rope bridge, a physical fitness test, a breakdown
reassembly M16, land navigation, hand grenade delivery,
and a six-mile (10K) 30-pound rucksack run.
The teams started the competition with a written land navigation
test and continued the next day with the Army Physical
Fitness Test, which involved doing as many push ups and
sit ups as
possible in two minutes and a timed two-mile run.
Hawai‘i was in third place going into the Land Navigation
course which was followed by a round robin of the remaining
events, ending with the 10-mile ruck run.
The finishing scores put Alaska first and Hawai‘i third, “We
had a lot of strength as a team,” Chris Ikeda said. “We
were together till the end on the ruck run.”
No teams made it in by the designated 90 minutes
for the ruck run, but they all received 100 points
completing the event
as a team.