Konya Halle is a national champion.
The Leavenworth High School junior took top honors in the Ultimate Raider Female event recently at the U.S. Army Cadet Command National Raider Championships in Molena, Georgia.
Halle finished in first place over approximately 50 other female Raiders from across the country who competed in the event.
Each of the schools were represented by one female Raider who competed in one event that included a one-mile rucksack run, an obstacle course and getting over a 10-foot wall. The best time won and Halle had the best time.
“She is amazing,” said 1st Sgt. Wayne Cogdill, the coach of the Leavenworth High School JROTC Raiders. “Her drive is unique. She hates to lose.”
In the co-ed team event, Leavenworth took second place for the second consecutive year, finishing just six points behind national champion Sarasota (Florida) Military Academy.
“Everybody gave all they had,” Cogdill said. “I’m proud of them.”
The Raiders finished third in one-rope bridge, third in the gauntlet, third in cross country rescue, second in the 5K run and second in the physical team test.
“Some schools think of this as a field trip. Heck with that,” Cogdill said. “We go to win.”
Fifty-two members of the Raiders went to the national meet and 36 competed.
In addition to the second-place finish by the co-ed team, the boys’ team finished 16th and the girls’ team finished sixth.
The Raiders figure to have another strong team next year. They will graduate only four seniors.
“We’re already getting ready for next year,” Cogdill said. “As soon as the snow melts in the spring, we’re going to be back at it training. We are going to train harder here than they will see at nationals.”
The Junior Mini-Raider Boot Camp is set for Saturday at the high school. The free event is open for children from kindergarten through eighth grade. It will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.