MECC Ranked 60th in National Cyber League Competition

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College’s Capture the Flag team recently competed in a National Cyber League competition, ranking 60th nationally, with one member ranking in the top 15% of students. 

 The team, which includes students Macarthur Inbody and Staci Fraley led by MECC Technology Director Ritchie Deel, is currently ranked 60th overall out of all colleges and universities in the United States and 21st in the Eastern Division. More than 350 schools competed in the event. 

 “MECC is extremely proud of Macarthur and Staci,” said Deel. “These students have been the cornerstone of MECC’s CTF team since its inception only a few years ago.  Macarthur has been the team captain from day one and has been a tremendous leader. We hope to build on this success and continue growing the team in the years to come.” 

 MECC’s team placed higher than John Hopkins University, Western Governors University, New York University, Tidewater Community College, Northern Virginia Community College, and Radford University. In the team game, MECC’s CTF team “The Transcendentalists”, reached an overall ranking of 104th out of 738 teams competing.  

 MECC competed in the gold bracket during the team game which is meant for the top 15% of players overall. 

 In the individual game, student Macarthur Inbody placed 57th overall while competing in the gold bracket. Staci Fraley placed 922nd overall and in 361st place while competing in the silver bracket. The gold bracket was for the top 15% of all players and the silver bracket was for the next 35% of players(aka top 50% overall). 

 MECC offers a Cybersecurity Career Studies Program as well as Associate degrees in General Studies – Software Engineering Specialization and Computer Networking Technology. For more information on MECC’s Cybersecurity offerings or the Capture the Flag team, please contact Ritchie Deel at (276)523-2400.