U.S. National Marksmanship Championships
When it comes to shooting straight, some of the best student marksmen (and women!) in the country are right here in Rio Rancho. The Rio Rancho High Marine JROTC sharpshooters scored big at the National JROTC Marksmanship competition in Alabama.
The RRHS JROTC marksmanship team earned a ranking of 7th in the nation, up two spots from last year. Two of Rio Rancho's own were recognized as part of the Top 10 JROTC shooters in the US. And – the team is all female!
The team was composed of:
- Gabriella Mayes (Ranked 8th in the Nation)
- Elizabeth McGee (Ranked 9th in the Nation)
- Yolanda Vigil
- Chelsea Brown
The competition includes the best marksmanship programs from Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps JROTCs from across the country.
Bataan Death March Marathon
It sound grueling, and it is. The Bataan Death March Marathon on March 19, held on White Sands Missile Range, requires students to brave the elements over harsh desert terrain. This year's race was exceptionally challenging due to the temperatures reaching in the mid 80's by the end of the race.
The Rio Rancho High first place team won the JROTC division for the third year in a row!
Team 1, Time: 4:58:15
Team 2, 3rd Place JROTC: Time: 6:02:14
Team 3, 6th Place JROTC: Time: 8:02:48
Oscar Monterossa Diaz: 7:20:42
Ryan De La Luz: 7:31:13
State JROTC Competition
Rio Rancho High hosted the state JROTC meet on Saturday 4 March, and the home field advantage certainly didn’t hurt. The Rams Marine JROTC earned the New Mexico Activities Association state runner up trophy for overall excellence, and in addition took home high honors in a number of individual disciplines:
Team trophies include:
- 1st Place Male Physical Fitness (State Champs)
- 1st Place Marksmanship (State Champs)
- 1st Place Armed Drill Inspection
- 2nd Place Female Physical Fitness
- 3rd Place Unarmed Drill Inspection
- 3rd Place Female Color Guard
Individual medals include:
- 1st Place Crunches - Taylor Churchill
- 1st Place Male 800m Run - Jacob Jenkins
- 2nd Place Male Physical Fitness Overall - Gabriel Atencio
- 2nd Place Female 800m Run - Kamrynn Concho
- 3rd Place Male Physical Fitness Overall - Jacob Jenkins
- 3rd Place Pull Ups - Gabriel Atencio
- 3rd Place Female Physical Fitness Overall - Yolanda Vigil
- 3rd Place Female 800m Run - Yolanda Vigil
- 4th Place Marksmanship - Gabriella Mayes
- 5th Place Marksmanship - Elizabeth McGee