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Navy Captures Interservice Triathlon Crown

By Rudi Williams
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, July 13, 1998 – Navy athletes garnered their second consecutive All-Armed Force Triathlon Championship title June 6 at the Naval Air Weapons Station, Point Mugu, Calif.

The Navy team took first place with an overall time of 8:27.43, beating Army by a healthy 11.11. Army’s second place 8:38.54 outdistanced Air Force’s 8:40.19 score and the Marines’ 8:59.19.

The triathlon was the military’s second, and the first used to cull athletes for international competition, said Air Force Reserve Maj. Suba Saty, Armed Forces Sports Office spokesman. He said the United States didn’t field a team for the 1997 International Military Sports Council championships because of scheduling conflicts. The council goes by the acronym CISM, based on its French name, Conseil International du Sport Militaire.

Army Maj. Michael Hagen of Fort Bragg, N.C., and Lt. Amy Baribeau of Coast Guard headquarters in Washington are repeat first-place winners, Saty noted. Coast Guard athletes compete on Navy teams in armed forces sports competitions. Last year, Hagen, 36, also was the national triathlon champion in his age group. Baribeau is a two-time Coast Guard Athlete of the Year.

At Point Mugu, triathletes competed in a 1.5-kilometer swim in the Pacific Ocean, a 40-kilometer bike race and a 10-kilometer run. Men’s and women’s events were the same. Team scores were based on the total times of the top three male and female team members. The lowest score won.

The six men and six women with the best times competed June 8-23 in the CISM competitions in Belgium. They were:

  • Hagen, men’s first-place winner, 1:57.58.
  • Petty Officer 3rd Class Harold Montford, Marine Corps Base, 29 Palms, Calif., 1:58.47.
  • Airman Kyle Sage, Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., 1:59.23. o Capt. J.T. Quann, Camp Pendleton, Calif., 1:59.48.
  • Capt. Theodore Thome, Fort Shafter, Hawaii, 1:59.59.
  • Capt. Dirk Bouma, Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2:00.19.
  • Baribeau, women’s first-place winner, 2:21.58.
  • Lt. Kathleen Kerrigan, Naval Air Station Mayport, Fla., 2:23.48.
  • Capt. Heidi McKenna, Air Force Academy, 2:25.43.
  • 1st Lt Kristin Goodman, Kelly Air Force Base, Texas, 2:27.30.
  • Capt. Christine Bosau, Hurlburt Field, Fla., 2:30.13.
  • Lt. Cmdr. Lori Yost, USS Cleveland, 2:34.34.##
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Click photo for screen-resolution imageCoast Guard Lt. Amy Baribeau, center, competed on the Navy team and captured the women’s first place honors in the Armed Forces Triathlon at Point Mugu, Calif. She’s flanked by second place winner Navy Lt. Kathleen Kerigan (left) and third place winner Air Force Capt. Heidi McKenna. Vance Vasquez  
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Click photo for screen-resolution imageArmy Maj. Michael Hagen (center) of Fort Bragg, N.C., garnered the men’s first place title in the men’s Armed Forces Triathlon at Point Mugu, Calif. He’s flanked by silver medalist Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Kevin Montford (left) and third place winner Navy Airman Kyle Sage. Vance Vasquez  
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