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 November 12, 2010

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McCoy Army Ten-Miler team places 3rd

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.
PHOTO: 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. Contributed photo
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. (Contributed photo)

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 4:42:10.

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 year.”

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.

PHOTO: Harry Twells (right), a member of the Fort McCoy Army Ten-Miler team, finishes the race at Washington, D.C. Contributed photo
Harry Twells (right), a member of the Fort McCoy Army Ten-Miler team, finishes the race at Washington, D.C. (Contributed photo)

“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 three.

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 total time.

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 move on.”

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.

For more information about the Army Ten-Miler at McCoy, call 608-388-6461.

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