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GMC's Bataan team finishes as top military team in Bataan Memorial Death March

(Cadets Zachary Senger, John Parrish, Bryce Webb, Gary Marsicek, and Jesse Hall finished as the top military team in the Bataan Memorial Death March.)

On Sunday, March 19, GMC’s Bataan Team finished as the top team for all military colleges and universities in the country at the Bataan Memorial Death March in White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. Marchers from across the United States and foreign countries choose to participate between two courses: a 14.2-mile route and a 26.2-mile route. Marchers participate in the Bataan Memorial Death March as a personal challenge, spirit of competition, or in honor of a family member or particular veteran who was in the Bataan Death March or was taken as a prisoner of war by the Japanese in the Philippines during World War II.

GMC’s team marched the 26 mile event and carried a 35 lbs ruck sack. The team placed 4th in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Heavy category and placed 8th overall for the heavy teams. They had a time of 7:05:44 for the 26 mile event.

The team consisted of:
Cadet Jesse Hall
Cadet Gary Marsicek
Cadet John Parrish
Cadet Zachary Senger
Cadet Bryce Webb - Team Captain

Additionally, Cadet Haley Valentine competed with Mercer University in the ROTC Light category. Valentine ran the 26 mile route without carrying a ruck sack. They also placed 4th in their category with a time of 5:19:48.