Team Hawaii plans repeat victory at Ten-Miler
WASHINGTON - Qualifying athletes pose after running great times in the 3rd Annual 10 Mile Race Around Wheeler, a time trial to determine members of Team Hawaii for the U.S. Army Ten-Miler later this year. Pictured are (left to right) Capt. John Mozer, Sgt. Sammy Ngatia, Sgt. 1st Class Paul Lancaster, Capt. Shawn Dodge and Lt. Col. Marty Muchow.

WHEELERAca,!E+ARMYAca,!E+AIRFIELD, Hawaii - They crossed the finish line first, second, third, fourth.

Team Hawaii was back in action for a second year.

The Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation sponsored the Army Ten-Miler trial held here, Saturday.

Runners completed the first stage in what looks to be a repeat of last year's win:

Aca,!AcCapt. Shawn Dodge, 9th Mission Support Command, was the top male finisher in 56 minutes, 46 seconds;

Aca,!AcCapt. John Mozer, Tripler Army Medical Center, came in second at 57:05;

Aca,!AcLt. Col. Marty Muchow, U.S. Army-Pacific, finished third with 57:28; and

Aca,!AcSgt. 1st Class Paul Lancaster, Defense Information Systems Agency-Pacific and team captain, finished out the top four in 58:26.

Last year, Team Hawaii placed first out of 38 teams, winning the coveted Men's Active Duty Commander's Cup title.

"As long as everyone stays healthy and injury free, it's hard not to consider us the favorite," said Lancaster, a former All-Army runner. "Having four runners capable of running 10 miles under 55 minutes is tough to beat.

"This title isn't given to us," Lancaster added. "We work extremely hard, putting in long runs up to 16 miles, tempo runs and track sessions. I guarantee that we are one of the hardest working teams, and our production shows it."

Lancaster and Muchow were on the Korea team that won the same title in 2006.

"Having the continuity that Paul and I have has built a strong team core," said Muchow, a former All-Army runner who won the Masters Division at the 2006 Army Ten-Miler. "Add in great runners like Shawn and John, and we have a team that can compete with any active duty team."

The top female finishers of the 10 Mile Race Around Wheeler were Kathryn Walker in 1:12:35; Amy Gordon, who came in second at 1:13:39; and Elizabeth Schubert, who finished third with 1:17:59.

All runners expressed their appreciation for the hard work and dedication of DFMWR staff who, along with many volunteers, made the race possible.

The 3rd Annual 10 Mile Race Around Wheeler is the first trial to determine Team Hawaii members.

A second FWMR time trial is being planned for later in the summer.

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