|A steady performance by Fort McCoy’s Army Ten-Miler
team, where all five runners finished within 24 minutes of each other,
propelled the team to a third-place finish out of 34 Army Reserve Mixed
teams at the Oct. 24 competition in Washington, D.C.
The members of the 2010 Fort
McCoy Army Ten-Miler team, which placed third at the Army event
Oct. 24, were (left to right) Marisol Hernandez, Jeremy Loney,
Harry Twells, Louis Steffes and David Zeichert.
The Fort McCoy team posted an overall time of 5 hours, 12 minutes, 6
seconds (5:12:06). David Zeichert led the way with a time of 1:13:47,
followed closely by Marisol Hernandez, team captain, in 1:15:13. Other
team members and their times were Louis Steffes, 1:17:04; Jeremy Loney,
1:26:03; and Harry Twells, 1:37:42.
The Fort McCoy team finished behind the Howling Coyotes, which posted a
time of 4:38:38 and the 200th MP Command Mixes, which had a time of
Hernandez, the team captain, said the team did well in spite of its
relative inexperience and the challenges it faced and overcame.
“I was the only returnee from last year’s Fort McCoy team,” she said.
“David (Zeichert) had competed in the process years ago, but otherwise
no one on the team had experience in the competition, like we did last
Another challenge team members faced was being from different
organizations, which with differing work assignments made it difficult
to train together, Hernandez said.
Hernandez also was performing a temporary duty assignment in the
Maryland area for the past two months to prepare for her next duty
assignment so she had no direct contact with the other team members to
help them prepare for the race during that time.
Harry Twells (right), a member of
the Fort McCoy Army Ten-Miler team, finishes the race at
Washington, D.C. (Contributed
“Last year, we, as a team, were able to enter several local races,
which helped us bond together as a team,” she said. “This year, with our
differing schedules, we basically got together as a team on the day of
the race and ran.”
Everybody did a good job of keeping up with their training.
Hernandez said the team’s dedication overcame one more obstacle on its
way to third place.
Micro-computer chips on their running shoes recorded their times. After
the race, Hernandez said she felt the team had finished in the top
After a long wait, it was announced that Fort McCoy finished eighth.
That night, Hernandez looked at the results online and noticed the time
of one of the runners — Zeichert, the team’s top finisher — was missing.
The top four times, including at least one female are used to determine
By inserting his time, she determined the team should have finished
third, and the team asked the Army to review the results.
“Several days later we received word that we were indeed third,”
Hernandez said. “We were very excited to get third. I’ve enjoyed
representing Fort McCoy for the past two years, but it’s time for me to
Hernandez said she encourages all Soldiers who are eligible to compete
in the competition and interested in distance running to try out for the
team next year and represent McCoy. The Army Ten-Miler is a perfect race
to compete in and enjoy the course and the participants, she said.
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