Rucksacks are military backpacks for hauling gear and weigh roughly 50 pounds.
The ranger team formed after first-week tryouts in August 2021. Since then, they’ve trained five days a week at 6 each morning, alongside additional Saturday practices. This year’s team was particularly inexperienced, with two members having any ranger competition experience.
Cedarville’s team entered the competition under nearby Central State University, which is the host school for this region of southwest Ohio. Since not all higher learning institutions have enough cadets to form their own teams, host schools are appointed for students from surrounding universities.
However, every member of the winning team was a Cedarville University student, according to the release.
McCall first competed in the Brigade Ranger Challenger — and won — in fall of 2018, when he was a freshman.
“Getting to win this competition for a second time feels like I’m a part of a legacy,” McCall said.
The Ranger team is actively training for the international Sandhurst competition at West Point Academy, which will take place during the last week of April 2022, according to the press release.
During that two-day competition, Cedarville will go head-to-head with teams from military academies, the top two schools from each regional ranger competition, Australia, Britain, South Korea and more, according to the release.