Marmion senior’s Drill Solo wins big at Ohio meet

By on April 13, 2012

HOLLAND, OHIO—Marmion Academy’s nationally ranked Flannigan Rifles Drill Team competed at the Springfield High School Drill Meet in Holland, Ohio, on March 3.

Senior Eddy Birth of St. Charles was awarded the first-place trophy for his performance in the Armed Exhibition Solo event. Birth performed an impressive solo routine that included two “quad” spins (four aerial rotations of a 10 pound rifle).

Junior Stuart Kofron of Batavia and sophomore Christopher Voirin of Batavia earned a second-place trophy for their Armed Exhibition Duet performance. The IDR (Infantry Drill Regulations) Platoon C, commanded by senior Brian Wulff of Batavia, earned a third-place trophy for Marmion.

At the conclusion of the meet, a Knockout Competition was held. This competition allows cadets to compete individually, showcasing their knowledge and skill in executing commands under pressure. Drill sergeants yell out commands in quick succession, and the final 10 cadets left standing receive medals. Senior Stuart Quinn of Sugar Grove won the second-place medal in the Armed Knockout competition. In the Unarmed Knockout competition, the following Marmion cadets earned medals: sophomore Jack Maley of South Elgin, second place; freshman Christian Harris of Batavia, fourth place; senior Tom Pacer of Batavia, sixth place; and sophomore J.R. Fredstrom of Yorkville, 10th place.