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University of Iowa News Release


Oct. 27, 2006

EDITORS: Receipt of this release means that one of the participating students is from a hometown in your newspaper's circulation area.

UI Army ROTC Competes In Fall Ranger Challenge Competition

A Ranger Challenge Team from the University of Iowa Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) will participate Oct. 28-29 in the 11th Brigade (East) Ranger Challenge competition at Camp Dodge, Iowa. The UI will compete against 18 other teams from 11 universities in the Midwest.

The fall 2006 competition, similar to adventure racing, is called "15 Hours of Pain." Teams, consisting of nine members each, are graded on speed and accuracy in eight events including: Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT), rifle marksmanship, one-rope bridge, hand grenade assault course, orienteering, weapons assembly/disassembly, 10 kilometer road march in battle dress uniform and gear, and a surprise event.

According to Ranger Challenge Head Coach Maj. Dave Pinter of Bettendorf, Iowa, the nine UI Army ROTC Ranger Challenge cadets have a collective team GPA of 3.3 and spend considerable time working at the Ranger Challenge table at the UI Library. The team is led by Tadashi Abe, a senior pre-med major and team commander, and Lindsay Larson, a senior nursing major and team executive officer.

Participants, listed by hometown, with Iowa listed first, are:



Andrew Whelchel.


Ron Mortenson.

Iowa City

Pace Jaworski, alternate.


Lindsay Larson.


Justine Nixon, alternate

Sioux City

Tadashi Abe.


Dillon Kiefer.

West Des Moines

Mike Stevenson.

West Des Moines

Jason Falk, alternate.


Buffalo Grove

Craig Robbins.

Orland Park

Ken Wall.

Rock Island

Ryan Anderson.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Gary Galluzzo, 319-384-0009,