Appalachian State University ROTC Mountaineer Battalion participated in the Mountain Man Memorial March at Gatlinburg, Tennessee on April 22nd, 2017. This marked the 10th Anniversary of Mountain Man, and the fifth year, in which Appstate ROTC has competed. Appalachian State University ROTC had two cadet full marathon teams (Male team: Jack Simpson, James Gehret, Jacob Best, Jeremy Tuggle, and Matt Hodges. Female Team: Maria Bienhoff, Marissa Krzysko, Heidi Robinson, Taylor Guiles, and Lynne Cox), one heavy half-marathon team (Brian Wilson, Ryan Castellano, Sam Boyles, Jon Henderson, and Connor Dickey), and two heavy half-marathon individuals (Caleb Stewart and Natasha Peting). Two Appalachian State University cadre competed in the half-marathon run, MSG Micah Hawthorne and SFC Joshua Hamilton. The Male Full Team finished in First Place for the Full Heavy Marathon. The Heavy Half-Marathon finished in Third Place. MSG Micah Hawthorne placed third for the half-marathon run. Former ASU Professor of Military Science, Dave Cox, finished first in the Full Heavy Marathon civilian category. This marks the fourth year when Appalachian State University has taken first place in the full marathon.
Article by Cadet Peting.