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Soldier, Marine Claim 1995 Athlete of the Year Honors

By Master Sgt. Stephen Barrett, USA
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 1996 – An Army sprinter and a Marine Corps triathlete are the armed forces top athletes of 1995.

Army Spc. Dionicio Napier earned DoDs male athlete of the year award, while Marine Capt. Karen L. Krajicek captured top honors in the womens category. DoD announced the winners at a banquet sponsored the Armed Forces Sports Council.

In addition to the armed forces awards, both Napier and Krajicek captured top military athlete awards from the Washington Touchdown Club. They received those awards Jan. 20.

Napier is a member of the Armys World Class Athlete Program, with duty at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He won the 200-meter gold medal and 400-meter silver medal at the World Military Games in Rome. His 20.31 second time at the U.S. Outdoor Nationals in Sacramento, Calif., qualified him for the 1996 Olympic 200-meter trials. He also earned a silver medal in the 400-meter relay at the Pan American Games.

Other award hopefuls were Coast Guard Lt.j.g. George Ganoung (triathlon and cycling), Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Douglas Marocco (triathlon), Air Force Staff Sgt. Ronald Simms (boxing) and Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Robert Demeritt (wrestling).

Krajicek captured the womens armed forces triathlon title in July and finished 12th at the World Military Games in Rome. Among her credits are military womens titles at the 1994 and 1995 Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii. She serves at the Marine Corps Recruit Training Depot in San Diego.

Other competitors were Air Force Capt. Teresa Lewis Orcutt (modern pentathlon), Coast Guard Lt.j.g. Amy Baribeau (triathlon), Navy Ensign Christine Stancliff (track and field) and Army Staff Sgt. Tonia Stubbs (team handball).

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