PLU Hosts Annual JROTC Fitness Contest
Dozens of Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) cadets from 12 high schools left blood, sweat—and possibly even a few tears—at PLU on March 7 after the annual JROTC Physical Fitness Competition.
High-school cadets competed in physical challenges all morning, rotating between events such as the Army Physical Fitness Test (two minutes of pushups and sit-ups, plus a 2-mile run), “Move Heavy Stuff” and a tough tug-of-war.
“All your friends are chilling out back at school, and you’re here busting your butts and getting a workout,” Lt. Col. Kevin Keller, PLU Professor of Military Science and MSIV Instructor with the ROTC program, told the cadets during the award ceremony.
Yakima’s East Valley High School swept the APFT categories and won the overall team competition. The JROTC unit from Graham-Kapowsin High School placed second, with Federal Way High School taking third.
The event is organized and hosted by the PLU ROTC program—one of the top eight in the country for the third time in four years.
“It’s just part of our charter to work with JROTC programs around the area,” said Keller. “It’s a good opportunity to showcase our program and PLU.”