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10 Vie for Top Military Athlete Honors

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

WASHINGTON, Jan. 4, 1996 – Sprinters, boxers, long distance runners and swimmers are among the 10 athletes competing for the 1995 military athlete of the year awards.

Five men and women, representing the five military services, will learn who becomes the 1995 winners when the U.S. Military Sports Association announces the male and female winners here Jan. 19.

In the men's category, the candidates are Coast Guard Lt.j.g. George Ganoung (triathlon and cycling), Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Douglas Marocco (triathlon), Air Force Staff Sgt. Ronald Simms (boxing), Army Spc. Dionicio Napier (track and field) and Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Robert Demeritt (wrestling).

Competing for the female athlete of the year are Marine Corps Capt. Karen Krajicek (triathlon), 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).

Ganoung successfully captured cycling and triathlon competitions while assigned in Guam. He continued winning events after his assignment with the National Strike Force Coordination Center in Elizabeth City, N.C. Among his credits are top finishes in the 100-kilometer Albemarle Metric Century Event and the Chesapeake Criterium Challenge.

Marocco competed in the 1995 World Military Games in Rome as a triathlete, finishing second among American athletes. He also qualified for the world triathlon championship in Cancun, Mexico. Assigned at the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif., Marocco is a Marine Corps Marathon runner and was a member of the Marine Corps' London Marathon team.

Simms, assigned at Kelly Air Force Base, Texas, captured medals at three major boxing competitions in 1995. He won the silver medal in a U.S.-Russia dual meet, a bronze medal at the Pan American Games in Buenos Aires and a silver medal at the Olympic Sports Festival in Colorado.

Napier won the 200-meter gold medal and the 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 the 1996 Olympic 200-meter trials. He also earned a silver medal in the 400-meter relay at the Pan American Games. Napier is a member of the Army's World Class Athlete Program, with duty at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

Named the best armed forces wrestler in 1995, Demeritt dominated the 114.5-pound class in both freestyle and Greco-Roman events in winning armed forces gold. Ranked second nationally in Greco-Roman, Demeritt capped 1995 with a silver medal at the World Military Games in Rome. He serves at Pensacola Naval Air Station, Fla.

Krajicek captured the women's armed forces triathlon title in July and also competed in Rome at the World Military Games. Among her credits are military women's titles at the 1994 and 1995 Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii. Krajicek serves at the Marine Corps Recruit Training Depot in San Diego.

Orcutt is a two-sport athlete, competing nationally in modern pentathlon and fencing. As a fencer, she competed at the 1995 U.S. Olympic Festival, then traveled to Rome for the World Military Games. She also finished third at the U.S. Modern Pentathlon championships. Assigned at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., she was the 1990 armed forces female athlete of the year.

Baribeau, like Krajicek, is a triathlete who competed in national tour events while assigned in Galveston, Texas, and Puget Sound, Wash. She formed Coast Guard triathlon teams and ran the Houston-Tenneco Marathon. She's currently a port safety officer at Puget Sound.

The U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., provides the training ground for Stancliff. She serves as the academy's assistant track coach. Stancliff is the women's 1995 armed forces javelin champion and finished fourth at the U.S. outdoor championships. She also qualified for the U.S. Olympic trials.

Stubbs helped the U.S. women's team handball squad win the gold medal at the 1995 Pan American Games. A defensive specialist, Stubbs used her experience as an all-Army basketball player in stopping opposing scorers. Stubbs is also a member of the Army World Class Athlete Program, with duty at Fort McPherson, Ga.

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