ROTC cadet Chris Polo '14, from New Bern, N.C., tied for first place in the Ninth Regiment Army physical fitness test during ROTC summer camp at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Polo's score of 350 points tied for the top spot among his 474 peers who competed. The test included a two-mile run, two minutes of push-ups and two minutes of sit-ups. Polo completed 94 push-ups, 94 sit-ups, and ran the two miles in 11:40 to exceed all benchmark figures.
Polo trained with his fellow ROTC cadets in the lead-up to the fitness test. He cites time management as the most challenging part of his training, but also credits the ROTC program with helping him find the right balance between schoolwork and his other activities. In addition to being the Company Commander of ROTC at Davidson, Polo is president of Kappa Sigma fraternity, the vice president of club rugby and a member of the club lacrosse team.
Polo, a biology major and pre-medical student, will be commissioned into the Army after graduation and hopes to join Special Forces as a combat engineer and medic. After his discharge, he plans to attend medical school.