Presidio of Monterey Soldiers race to finish, win Commander's Cup
August 5, 2010
- After dramatic tie breaker, Army wins running competition.
- The Commander's Cup competition is a quarterly event that includes teams from all branches of the service.
PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - Cold weather did not stop the Presidio of Monterey Army running team from winning the Commander's Cup. The Army won with a combined first-place win by the Army's female running team and a dramatic second-place finish by the Army's male running team here Aug. 4.
The quarterly race broke from format after a contested tie for second place between the Army's and Marine's men's running teams.
Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center Assistant Commandant Col. William Bare decided to break the tie by having a representative from each team run a final lap. Marine Sgt. Ryan Busse and Co. D 229th Military Intelligence Battalion Pfc. Jerry Johnson swiftly ended the race.
"I didn't know how hard (my opponent) was running," said Johnson, after his final sprint to the finish that highlighted the Army win of the Commander's Cup for this fiscal year.
"I felt as if my branch was depending on me to win, so I gave it my all," said Johnson.
Race results are as follows:
Female teams: first place, Army; second place, Marines; third place, Air Force.
Male teams: first place, Air Force; second place, Army; third place, Marines.