STEGER | On Feb. 9, in Arlington Heights, 22 drill teams from all over the Chicago area competed in the Chicagoland Drill Meet.
The team from Bloom Trail Naval JROTC unit finished fifth place overall. Of significant note was the armed regulation team which took first place in their event.
In an armed regulation event, JROTC teams with drill rifles are all assigned the same moves in sequence and scoring is by three judges.
Over the past 10 years Zion Benton and East Aurora high schools have dominated, typically finishing first and second place. This victory is the first time the team from Bloom Trail NJROTC has broken into the top two places in any single event.
Other accomplishments were Unarmed Exhibition team won fourth and Unarmed Regulation team finished in third place. Team members are unarmed and create their own routine in an unarmed exhibition. They are assigned moves in an unarmed regulation event.
In the individual knockout competition there were more than 500 competitors. In the unarmed portion Josh Witt finished fourth place while in the armed, Josh Witt got seventh place, Sean Brooks finished eighth and Adrianna Gnaster took 10th.
The knockout is an individual event, where each competitor is given an order to assume various positions and if they don’t execute it properly they are required to leave. This continues until only 10 competitors are left.
The Bloom Trail NJROTC team continues to drive to the ultimate goal of winning the Area 3 meet at Great Lakes Naval Station on March 1 and 2.