Cadets win National Fitness Challenge

A team of Virginia Tech cadets won this year’s Association of Military Colleges 
& Schools of the United States National Fitness Challenge.

The challenge is designed to pursue ways to increase cadet resilience and wellness and to foster camaraderie through competition between member schools.

The five participating cadets pose with their trophy.
The five participating cadets pose with their trophy.

Colleges were asked to select up to 10 cadets to participate in the fitness challenge. Based on the U.S. Coast Guard’s Cadet Candidate Physical Fitness Examination, the challenge consisted of two minutes of push-ups, two minutes of sit-ups, and a 1.5-mile run with no more than five minutes between each event. All cadet scores were averaged to make up the college’s final score.

The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets selected five cadets and posted the highest final score.

Participants were:

  • Harrison Barone, a junior cadet in Naval ROTC from Cornelius, North Carolina, majoring in international studies. He is pursuing as an officer candidate slot for Naval Special Warfare.
  • Blaine Mainz, a first-year cadet in Naval ROTC-Marine Option from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, majoring in business.
  • Joshua McGuire, a senior cadet in Naval ROTC from Franklin, Tennessee, majoring in international studies. He has been selected as an officer candidate for Naval Special Warfare.
  • Patrick Munro, a junior cadet in Naval ROTC from Rockville, Maryland, majoring in criminology and sociology. He is pursuing as an officer candidate slot for Naval Special Warfare.
  • Grant Phillips, a senior cadet in Naval ROTC from Virginia Beach, Virginia, majoring in real estate. He has been selected as an officer candidate for Naval Special Warfare.
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Additionally, McGuire was the top individual finisher among all college cadets, and McGuire and Munro both achieved perfect scores of 300 on their tests.

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The Association of Military Colleges & Schools of the United States represents 41 military colleges, junior colleges, and college preparatory schools. It serves as an advocate for those schools and as a liaison with the U.S. Department of Defense and Department of Education.