Warrior Country athletes crush 8th Army competition
October 7, 2010
CASEY GARRISON, South Korea - Aundi Lynch and Elijah Ash spearheaded a dominating performance by Warrior Country athletes at the 8th Army Track and Field Championship Sept. 18 at Schoonover Bowl.
Lynch from Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, Camp Hovey, won four first place awards in track and field events and Ash from Company A, 70th Brigade Support Battalion, Casey Garrison, claimed three in track events helping Warrior Country Soldiers take first place in 26 of the 30 events.
"I'm not surprised," said Randy Behr, Warrior Country sports, fitness and aquatics director, about the dominating performance. "We've kind of set the standard for sports, fitness and aquatics in Korea. We also have more younger Soldiers here."
The only events they didn't win were the women's 400-meter dash, the men's triple jump and the men's discus and shot-put events.
The latter two events were won by Joe Staton, a civilian employee from the 14th Signal Detachment at Camp Walker. Xavier Brown, a Soldier from the same unit, finished second in both events.
Ian Rismiller and Tyler Roundtree, both from Warrior Country, placed third in the discus and shot put, respectively.
The 23-year-old Lynch was the single most dominant athlete at the championship. Her 13.29 second first place finish in the 100-meter dash was only two seconds off the pace of the men's junior vet winning time and nearly three seconds faster than the best men's senior time.
She also finished first in the women's 200-meter dash in 27.93 seconds and was on the women's first place winning 4 x 100-meter relay team. Her 13 feet, 4 inch long jump was also good enough for her to stake claim to a fourth first place award.
Ash, who participated in the men's junior vets division, was nearly as impressive. He staked claim to the 100-meter dash (11.22), 200-meter dash (24.10) and 400-meter dash (53.34).