HQMC (MR), QUANTICO, VA - First Lieutenant Jessica Utter and Gunnery Sergeant Michael Green have been selected as the U.S. Marine Corps Female and Male Athletes of the Year for 2006.
The pair will be honored at the Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon Ceremony at the Clubs at Quantico in Quantico, VA on Aug. 17, 2007, at 11 a.m.
Utter, an electronic countermeasures officer with VMAQ-4, EA-6B Prowler squadron at MCAS Cherry Point, is a member of the 2006 All-Marine Triathlon and Ironman Teams and was the eighth overall Service member and first Marine finisher at the Armed Forces Triathlon Championship. Her strong finish earned her a spot on the U.S. Armed Forces team that competed at the Conseil International du Sport Militaire (CISM) World Triathlon Championship in Satenas, Sweden where she placed 5th among the Armed Forces women. She was also the second overall female finisher at the Mt. Rainier Duathlon; the sixth overall finisher (men and women) at the Elma, WA, Mother's Day Triathlon; and the first female to cross the line at the Race the Rock Triathlon, Langley, WA. Finally, in October 2006, Utter also completed the Ironman World Championship in Kona, HI, with a time of 12:02:07.
Green, an Instructor within the Naval Aviation Technical Training Center, Marine Aviation Training Support Group 21 at NAS Pensacola, FL is the current Submaster Bench Press World Record Holder in the 220 lb weight class. During 2006, Green displayed an incredible feat of strength at the World Association of Bench Pressers and Dead Lifters (WABDL) River Country Record Breakers Championships when he surpassed his own world record of 617.2 pounds on his opening lift, and finished with an impressive final lift of 678 pounds. In November 2006, Green captured his second consecutive WABDL World Championship while lifting 679 pounds in the 220 lb weight class. In addition, Green set the Florida State Record in the 242 pound division at the Alabama Classic and has lifted over 700 pounds as a guest lifter at non-sanctioned events.
For more information about the Athlete's of the Year program or the Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame, please contact Steven Dinote, HQMC Semper Fit, 703-784- 9542, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.