Only 24 teams left after rugged road march in Best Ranger Competition

benw@ledger-enquirer.comApril 13, 2013 

Half of the teams in the 30th annual David E. Grange Jr. Best Ranger Competition went down Friday night during a rugged road march at Fort Benning.

Sgt. 1st Class Michael Ferguson, a public affairs spokesman, said only 24 teams were left in the grueling competition at 6 a.m. today. He declined to state what caused 25 teams to leave the competition. One team was lost before the event started after a member was injured Thursday during training for a static line parachute jump. That brings the total to 26 of 50 teams eliminated from becoming the best Ranger team in the Army.

Ferguson said the loss of the teams was in line with standards for the Ranger competition.

Top three teams going into the second day of competition are Sgt. 1st Class Raymond M. Santiago and Sgt. 1st Class Timothy S. Briggs of team 34, Ranger Training Brigade in first place; Sgt. Maj. Walter Zajkowski and Maj. Andrew Farina of team 9, Special Operations in second place and 1st Lt. Travis Cornwall and 1st Lt. Nicholas Plocar of team 49, National Guard in third place.

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