In The Navy
Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Ted Carter issued a challenge to the 2018 plebe class Monday afternoon: Try to beat the 1 hour, 20 minutes it took his class of '81 to scale the Herndon Monument and replace the plebe Dixie cup with a midshipman's cover, signifying the end of the grueling plebe year. The fourth classmen came close at 1 hour, 38 minutes and 36 seconds, when 19-year-old Javarri Beachum stretched his 5-foot-7-inch frame to nudge the cover over the top of the obelisk as the few thousand spectators roared their approval. Beachum, a native of Port St. Joe, Florida, told reporters he knew he'd be the one to get to the top. "My sponsor was the first one — I told her, 'Don't worry, I'll be the one to put it up there,' " he told reporters.The clip below is by the Naval Academy. Odd musical choice.