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Austin Peay State University Ranger Challenge team at front of Sandhurst competition


Austin Peay State University (APSU) 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – At 6:30am Friday morning, the Austin Peay State University (APSU) ROTC Ranger Challenge team was one of the first four teams to start the Sandhurst military skills competition at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York.

The Austin Peay ROTC Ranger Challenge team cadets competing at the Sandhurst competition visited the 9/11 Memorial in New York City on Thursday.

The Austin Peay ROTC Ranger Challenge team cadets competing at the Sandhurst competition visited the 9/11 Memorial in New York City on Thursday.

APSU’s cadets earned that right by finishing first among ROTC teams in a relay race earlier this week.

They crossed the starting line this morning with two British teams (the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst red and blue teams) and another ROTC team (Central State University).

The competition will continue into the night tonight and through Saturday evening. Anyone can follow the competition via the internet and social media at

Austin Peay qualified for the Sandhurst for the first time in school history.

Austin Peay’s cadets arrived at the West Point, New York, competition on Sunday ready to go.

“They’re pretty motivated, and they think they’re going to do really well, and I do too,” Keith Colman, the team’s coach, said. “They’re real strong. They’ve been training hard for three months now.”

From Tuesday-Friday this week, we have posted video interviews of members of the team, including the 11 who traveled to the U.S. Military Academy to compete and the alternates who are still at Austin Peay but rooting their teammates on.

We hope you enjoy getting to know our cadets.

Team captain Steven Price

‘Sandhurst gives us a goal to train for’



Assistant captain Daniel Cole

‘Proud of the ROTC program at Austin Peay’

Kylie Head

‘Exciting to push myself, push my body’


Brendan Dickinson

‘Not a lot of cadets get the opportunity to go’

Wesley Gray

‘It means a lot to me’


Christina Taylor

‘We get to experience something a lot of people don’t’

Brendan Hagens

‘It lets me end on a high note’


Walt Higbee

‘It shows these younger cadets what the Army’s like’

Paul Kearny

‘Not just patriotic, but an honor to do’


Thomas Porter

‘Always a dream of mine to lead troops’

Thomas Rose

‘A lifetime experience going to Sandhurst’


Jasmine Barrios

‘I love the camaraderie of the Army’

Keith Donnell

‘The Army is a way that I get to serve the people of the United States’

Alden Marvin

‘This means a lot for this school and the program’


Tony Soto

‘Show that Austin Peay is one of the best schools in the nation’

To Learn More

For more information about Sandhurst 2019, go to

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