Over the weekend of January 30-31, 14 Admiral Farragut Academy Orienteering Team members traveled across the bay to Bradenton to compete in their first orienteering meet of the season at the Greenbrook Adventure Park in Bradenton. Our cadets were split equally between the novice yellow team and the intermediate orange team. The team enjoyed a double win with the orange team earning a 2nd place win and the yellow team earning a 3rd place win.
The Florida JROTC Orienteering Competitions are designed to formalize and promote participation in orienteering as a competitive sport for JROTC units. The competitions are run in conjunction with the Florida and Suncoast Orienteering Organizations events. In the last year, well over 1,200 cadets from over 50 schools have participated at least once in a JROTC competition. Competitions are held for cadets on three levels: novice, intermediate and advanced. At each level, medals are awarded for top individuals and trophies for top teams. If you’d like to learn more about orienteering, visit www.floridaorienteering.org.
Our Admiral Farragut Academy Orienteering team is filled with not only top Naval Science active NJROTC cadets and leaders, but the team also contains many of our top academic students at Farragut.
Orienteering is really fun, but also requires a quick and strategic mind, athletic endurance, and the internal drive of a warrior to compete quickly and efficiently to advance themselves, and the entire team, in the competition.
The team has been training for weeks in preparation for the meet with their team captain and assistant captain, sophomores Cadet Chief Petty Officer Ryan Almstadt and Cadet First Class Petty Officer Jon Incavido. The team had a strong start to the season due to their dedication at practice to learn the mechanics behind orienteering. The team is helped by their faculty advisor, Senior Naval Science Instructor LCDR Thelma Cabantac USCG (Ret), supported by the Commandant of Cadets Todd Wallingford, and our AFA parents who volunteer their time and funds to make the team and program a success. The team hopes to qualify for the regional JROTC finals, and hopefully the NJROTC national competitions later this season.
Current Admiral Farragut Academy Team Rankings:
- 15th in Florida for the Entire Team
- 10th in Florida for Intermediate Orange Team
- 20th in Florida for the Novice Yellow Team
Farragut Male Intermediate Florida Rankings:
- 19th Ryan Almstadt ‘23
- 21st Hans Renlund ‘24
- 29th Jon Incavido ‘22
- 30th Zach Fisher ‘21
- 39th Lars Renlund ‘24
- 66th Cui Dazhong ‘24
Farragut Male Novice Florida Rankings:
- 14th Daniel Krok ‘22
- 18th Jose Chattman ‘24
- 35th Pacey Cronin ‘22
- 40th Vern Drayton ‘23
- 84th Niko Incavido ‘24
- 95th Christopher Blaschak ‘24
- 98th Ian Chapman ‘25
Farragut Female Novice Florida Ranking:
- 37th Mariia Prodayevych ‘21
Congratulations Admiral Farragut Academy Orienteering team! Keep up the great work, and we look forward to hearing more about your adventures on the orienteering course!