Cherokee NJROTC Wins Rocky Top Orienteering Competition | Local News
ROGERSVILLE – The Cherokee NJROTC orienteering team placed first overall on March 7 during the Rocky Top orienteering competition sponsored by the Cocke County High School NJROTC at the Clyde Austin 4-H Center in Greeneville.
The Cherokee men’s team placed first overall.
Individual prizes included: Leif Hollingsworth, first; Keegan Horn, second; Kameron Sauceman, third; Noah Eidson, fourth; and Josh McClellan, fifth.
The Cherokee women’s team also placed first overall.
Individual awards included: Jessica Rawlings, premiere; Josie Roten, second; Jennifer Kiser, third; Emily Aviles, fourth; and Jewel MacGregor, fifth.
Orienteering is a sport that requires skill in using a map and compass to navigate from point to generally unknown terrain while moving at a rapid speed.
To be effective in orienteering, you have to know how to read a map and be able to work at a good pace and with good efficiency. Once all runners return from completing their rounds, they are scored and the team with the highest score wins.
Orienteering is for all ages and all levels of fitness and skill. It offers the suspense and excitement of a treasure hunt. The objective is to locate the control points using a map and a compass to navigate the terrain.
Orienteering started in Scandinavia in the 1800s. In 1919 it was a competitive sport in Sweden. It arrived in the United States in 1946 as a recreational activity and later became a competitive sport.
Competitive orienteering involves running from one point to another. It’s more demanding than road racing, not only because of the terrain, but because the participant has to make decisions and keep track of the distance traveled.
Although orienteering challenges both mind and body, the competitor’s ability to think under pressure and make sound decisions is sometimes more important than speed or endurance.