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Female Ranger Challenge Captain Concludes Her Run

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UA mechanical engineering senior Maurissa Wortham served as the UA Reserve Officers' Training Corps Ranger Challenge Team captain. In a a male-dominated sport, the UA team also has "a strong female presence," she said. "We're not used to seeing that."

Female Ranger Challenge Captain Concludes Her Run

Nov. 10, 2016
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UA mechanical engineering senior Maurissa Wortham served as captain of the UA's Reserve Officers' Training Corps Ranger Challenge Team, which is seeing growing participation among women.

Following the year in which the University of Arizona Reserve Officers' Training Corps Ranger Challenge Team saw the greatest number of female cadets in its history, the team also had a female captain in Maurissa Wortham.

This year, Wortham led the extracurricular team in competitions against schools from Arizona, Texas, Colorado, New Mexico and elsewhere, ultimately taking a third consecutive victory in the 11-school regionals and finishing at the brigade level in the top five of 36 schools in 5th Brigade. During the brigade competition, which closed last Sunday in Texas, the UA team placed first in the written exam section and at the M16 range.

It was a huge accomplishment to be in the top five," said Wortham.