By: Michael Hudak | WCTV Eyewitness News
February 7, 2019
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Being up before the sun, that's what it takes to be a champion.
Around 6 a.m. in Tallahassee, the sounds of sprinting steps and loud counts in unison are the only thing filling the air on a dark and cool Thursday morning.
It's early-morning workouts like these that lead to dominating victories for the FSU ROTC team, like the one at the Regional Brigade Championships in Jacksonville last month.
"We call it the killer instinct," co-captain Zach Johnson said. "We're not here to survive. We're here to dominate."
But, the Seminoles are just beginning to blow off steam. There's a bigger goal at stake. The victory in Jacksonville secured them a spot at the Sandhurst Military Skills competition at New York's West Point Academy in April.
It's not the National Championship, it's the World Championship. Teams from as far as Japan are competing.
But, it's nothing new: FSU is used to greatness.
"Between the Cadre, the Cadets and the team that have come before us, it's just what we do," captain Hayden Hurst said. "It's excellence. That's what we leave on the field."
"I can tell you that coming to Florida State and being involved in this program, and seeing the future leaders that we're producing, my faith in the future of our military is not just reinforced, but probably increased beyond," LTC Keith Pruett said.
Bleeding red, white, and blue, with a heart of garnet and gold.