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Army Wins 2005 Armed Forces Cross Country Championship

By Steve Brown
Special to American Forces Press Service

VANCOUVER, Wash., Feb. 16, 2005 – The Army's cross-country team outpaced the teams of its sister services to take the 2005 Armed Forces Cross Country Championship here Feb. 10-13.

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Sgt. Sandu Renebciuc helped the Army's team take the 2005 Armed Forces Cross Country Championship in Vancouver, Wash. Courtesy photo
  

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The armed forces championship was conducted as part of USA Track and Field's National Winter Classic. The armed forces final results were determined by adding the raw times of the top two men in the four-kilometer course, the top three women in the eight-kilometer course, and the top three men in the 12- kilometer course.

The Army's Sgt. Sandu Rebenciuc opened the armed forces competition Feb. 12 with his first-place finish in the men's short course (4K) with a time of 12:11.9. The Navy's Ensign Aaron Lanzel took second place in the armed forces championship with a time of 12:24.6, while teammate Hospitalman Billy Herman was third (12:53.4).

The second event of the opening day saw Army's Sgt. Michelle Kelly win the women's long course (8K) with a time of 31:02.2. The Navy's Lt. Cmdr. Kimberly Fagen (31:12.8) finished second among armed forces competitors, and the Air Force's Special Agent Jaime Flood finished third with a time of 32:29.6.

In the final event of the championship, the men's long course (12K) conducted Feb. 13, the Navy's Lt. Jon Clemens (39:45.0) finished 32nd overall and first for the armed forces championship with a time of 39:45.0. The Army won the silver and bronze medals in this event, with Capt. Ryan Kirkpatrick's time of 40:46.2 and Capt. Scott Goff's 41:19.5.

Overall team totals for the armed forces championships were Army 4 hours, 5 minutes, 52.7 seconds; Navy 4 hours, 9 minutes, 19.6 seconds; Air Force 4 hours, 11 minutes, 38.9 seconds; and the Marine Corps 4 hours, 23 minutes, 7 seconds.

(Steve Brown is chief of Air Force Sports.)

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