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July 2, 2013 — University of Wyoming Army ROTC Cadet Margaret Edmiston, from Valencia, Calif., won first place in the female category during the 5th Regiment Army physical fitness test (APFT) at Fort Lewis, Wash.
Edmiston, a UW nursing junior, achieved the highest women’s score with a 359 during the Leader Development Assessment Course. The test is broken down into three parts: the 2-mile run, 2-minute pushup and 2-minute situp. Each cadet completes all three and then receives a score based on the Army’s score chart.
“We are extremely proud of Maggie’s accomplishments. She is not only representing the UW Army ROTC program, but also the nursing program,” says Lt. Col. Mitch Day, the battalion commander of the UW Army ROTC program. “Our cadets consistently outperform their peers compared to other schools across the nation, yet another example of being ‘Cowboy Strong.’ She, as well as others in the program, set the bar for excellence.”
The APFT cadets must pass the test based on Army standards for age and gender to qualify for the Army. To pass the APFT, cadets must receive at least 60 points in each event.
Edmiston and other UW cadets attend the 28-day training at Fort Lewis following their junior year. She was the top woman among 457 cadets in the competition.