Cherokee NJROTC takes top honors at Rocky Top Orienteering Competition | Sports

ROGERSVILLE — Cherokee High School’s NJROTC Orienteering team earned several top honors at the Nov. 3 Rocky Top Orienteering Meet, including a clean sweep of all five men’s individual position medals and a women’s third-place medal.

The team won first place overall, the men’s team first place, and the women’s team second place.

Other schools participating in the event included Dobyns-Bennett, Volunteer, Sullivan North, Anderson County and Cocke County.

Among the Cherokee NJROTC awards were: first place overall male; Johnny Pearson, first place; Blaine Wilder, second; Keagan Horn, third place; Nick Swatzell, fourth place; Sean Howard, fifth place; women second overall; and Josie Roten, third.

The following members of the Cherokee team competed: Johnny Arnwine, Emily Aviles, Travis Baxley, James Bond, Jordan Brotherton, Zackey Eisenhuth, Noah Elkins, Chis Harris, Leif Hollingsworth, Keagan Horn, Sean Howard, Gabe Lyons, Jewel MacGregor, Symon Mallory, Austin Manning, Johnny Pearson, Jessica Rawlings, Josie Roten, Kameron Sauceman, Chris Seals, Matthew Sorah, Ian Stewart, Nick Swatzell, Heather Whitt, Blaine Wilder, Brandon Yates and Addison Young.

Orienteering began as military training in the 19th century in Sweden.

The term “orienteering” was first used in 1886 at the Swedish Military Academy and its meaning was traversing unknown land using a map and compass.

While orienteering relies on athletic ability, it is more about the participant’s ability to use the given objects to find their way around.

A participant may have the fastest time on the course, but without the ability to accurately locate each point, he or she will most likely lose any orienteering competition.

Dino J. Dotson