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Cherokee NJROTC sweeps top honors in Rocky Top orienteering meet

STAFF REPORT • Nov 17, 2018 at 7:00 AM

ROGERSVILLE — The Cherokee High School NJROTC Orienteering Team earned several top honors at the Nov. 3 Rocky Top Orienteering Meet including a clean sweep of all five individual male position medals and a third place female medal.

The team captured first place overall, first place male team and second place female team.

Other schools participating in the event included Dobyns-Bennett, Volunteer, Sullivan North, Anderson County and Cocke County.

Among the Cherokee NJROTC awards were: males first place overall; Johnny Pearson, first place; Blaine Wilder, second place; Keagan Horn, third place; Nick Swatzell, fourth place; Sean Howard, fifth place; females second place overall; and Josie Roten, third place.

The following Cherokee team members competed: Johnny Arnwine, Emily Aviles, Travis Baxley, James Bond, Jordan Brotherton, Zackey Eisenhuth, Noah Elkins, Chis Harris, Leif Hollingsworth, Keagan Horn, Sean Howard, Gabe Lyons, Jewel MacGregor, Symon Mallory, Austin Manning, Johnny Pearson, Jessica Rawlings, Josie Roten, Kameron Sauceman, Chris Seals, Matthew Sorah, Ian Stewart, Nick Swatzell, Heather Whitt, Blaine Wilder, Brandon Yates and Addison Young.

Orienteering began as military training in the 19th century in Sweden.

The term “orienteering” was first used in 1886 at the Swedish Military Academy, and its meaning was the crossing of unknown land with the aid of a map and compass.

While orienteering relies upon one’s athletic ability, it’s more the participant’s ability to use the items given to find his or her way around the surrounding area.

A participant might have the fastest time on the course, but without having the ability to accurately locate each point, he or she will most definitely lose any orienteering competition.

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