Fort McCoy News May 26, 2017

Fort McCoy runners perform well

in recent off-post events

A team of runners from Fort McCoy performed well in recent off-post running events in Leon and Tomah, Wis.

During the fifth annual Lung Bustin Justin 5K Cross Country Race at Justin Trails Resort in Leon on April 22, six runners from Fort McCoy participated. The team included Lt. Cols. Scott Victor and Mark Woommavovah, Maj. Martin Wennblom, 1st Sgts. Mark Aiken and Hector Ocasio, and Sgt. Andre Smith — all from the installation.

Wennblom placed first overall in the event and Woommavovah, the team captain, placed third.

Runners, including Fort McCoy athletes, begin the race at the Lung Bustin Justin 5K Cross Country Race in Leon, Wis., in late April.
Runners, including Fort McCoy athletes, begin the race at the Lung Bustin
Justin 5K Cross Country Race in Leon, Wis., in late April.
Contributed photo

“When the gun went off … Team Fort McCoy runners were ready and well-prepared,” Woommavovah said. “The crisp spring weather lead to all runners placing in the top 10. This was by far one of toughest cross-country courses in Wisconsin. We battled killer hills, narrow ridge lines, and mud.”

On May 13, the Team Fort McCoy runners participated in the Tomah Area Cancer Support 5K Run/Walk. Participants included Woommavovah, Aiken, Smith, 1st Lt. Jerel Villanueva, and Sgt. Holli Barnes.

When all was said and done, Team Fort McCoy won the Fast Team Award, and Villanueva placed first overall in the male category. Woommavovah placed third overall, Barnes placed second in the overall female category, and Smith and Aiken were age-group winners.

“Villanueva out-leaned the second runner to take first place,” Woommavovah said. “I’m very proud of our team. … It has a mix of active-duty and Reserve Soldiers who do well.”

Fort McCoy team members are also in training to make the Fort McCoy Army 10-Miler Team, Woommavovah said. Like in 2016, the goal is for the post to field a team to participate in the Army 10-Miler in Washington, D.C., in October.

   (Article prepared by the Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office and the Fort McCoy Army Ten-Miler Team.)