The Darby Queen obstacle course is a true race against the clock.
Each team cycles through the punishing, almost one-mile long course as fast as they can, but really the goal at this point in the competition is to avoid injury, said Capt. John Vickery with the 4th Ranger Training Battalion.
Team 16 -- Capt. Jeremy Schute and Sgt. First Class Jared Sarten -- had a great run through the Darby Queen just a few minutes ago. It was likely the second best time thus far, according to organizers at the finish line.
"He's very strong willed," said Stephanie Huckey, Sarten's sister-in-law, of Sarten. "He doesn't give up. If he wants it he's going to get it."
Schute and Sarten are currently in 8th place after making a huge leap forward Saturday during day stakes and the overnight land navigation movement. Team 6, consisting of Master Sgts. Eric Turk and Eric Ross, are still in the lead as of this morning's tally. Because they were in first place going into this morning's obstacle course, they got to choose whether they wanted to go first or last. They chose to go last.
On average, teams walked about 15 miles Saturday night to find as many points as they could. Vickery said Team 16 hit almost every point during the almost 12-hour orienteering event, meaning they likely walked close to 20 miles. That's 20 miles with about 70 pounds on their backs and two days of hurt in their bones.
Because of Team 6's decision to have the top teams cycle through the Darby Queen last, those competitors who finished the land navigation event last likely had to go right into the obstacle course with very little rest.
After completing the Darby Queen, competitors are whisked off in a helicopter to Victory Pond where they'll do the helocast and water confidence test.