Some PSU ROTC cadets out-muscled a lot of D-I programs to make a big impact at the 2010 Army ROTC Midwest Ranger Challenge. PSU finished ahead of big schools like Nebraska, Iowa, KU and K-State to finish second and third in the 16-team competition at Fort Dodge, Iowa.

First place went to Iowa State’s A Team, but ISU’s B Team finished sixth.

“When team placements are combined, Pitt State ranked as the top Ranger Challenge university in the region,” said Maj. George Johnson, executive officer with PSU’s Gorilla Battalion.

The Ranger Challenge is an intense weekend designed to test the physical and mental fitness of cadets.

PSU’s A Team won 1st place in the one-rope bridge event while PSU’s B Team won 1st in the hand grenade assault course and rifle marksmanship. Out of the 144 cadets in the competition, A Team Captain and Senior Cadet Major Matt Boyd won the highest score on the Army physical fitness test.