By Chelsea Bissell, U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr Public AffairsJuly 1, 2013
GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- It was a fast race for the runners of the Army Ten-Miler Qualifier, here, June 29.
Of the 229 runners in this year's qualifier, 11 finished in 60 minutes or less -- very respectable times.
Countless others beat their personal records and trumped their target times for the race, which designates the six fastest men and women who will represent U.S. Army Europe at the Army Ten-Miler in Washington, D.C., later this year.
Even the day's overall winner, Capt. John King, U.S. Army Europe, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, who clocked 54 minutes, 49 seconds, beat his target time by two full minutes.
Team Vicenza, which placed three runners in the top 10 and two in the top six, also performed better than they expected.
"We stuck together and fed off each others' energy," said Staff Sgt. Frank Citizen, 173rd Charlie Medical, Brigade Support Battalion. There was "a lot of passion," he continued, "and a lot of personal PRs."
Top six male finishers:
1. Capt. John King, U.S. Army Europe, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion. 54:49.
2. Spc. Justin Mcneil, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team. 56:28.
3. Staff Sgt. Steven Phillips, Joint Multinational Readiness Command, 57:58.
4. Capt. Joshua Hudson, 212th Combat Support Hospital. 58:56.
5. Spc. Keven Bordenave, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade. 59:01.
6. Sgt. Michael Phillips, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team. 59:07.
Top six female finishers:
1. 1st Lt. Jessica Letarte, 615th MP Company. 69:30.
2. Capt. Erica Barkei, Public Health Command District -- North Europe. 72:52.
3. Capt. Kim Elinor, Joint Multinational Training Command. 78:74.
4. 1st Lt. Sara Clarke, 18th Engineers Brigade. 74:31.
5. 2nd Lt. Julia O'Neil, 615th MP Company. 77:16.
6. Sgt. Victoria Holman, 44th Expeditionary Signal Battalion. 78:22.