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Soldier leads pack, Navy sweeps team titles in Armed Forces Triathlon
By Tim Hipps | IMCOM Public Affairs | June 06, 2013

Sterghos posted the fastest run (32:27 - 5:14 per mile pace) among competitors and the third-fastest swim (22:14). He was 17th-fastest on the bike (53:38). 

Morrison, a native of Fredericksburg, Va., stationed at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, S.C., completed the same course in 2:07:39, and was followed by silver medalist Navy Lt. Cmdr. Colleen O’Connor (2:10:37) of San Diego, Calif., and bronze medalist Lt. Rachel Beckman (2:11:15) of the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Center in Washington, D.C. 

Capt. Stephanie Hightower of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., led the Army women with a fourth-place finish in 2:11:59.

In the women’s division, Capt Christine Taranto of MCAS New River and Capt Justine Whipple of MCB Quantico finished 6th and 7th  respectively in a field of twenty-eight.   

Navy sweeps team titles in Armed Forces Triathlon

Click Image to Enlarge - The female triathletes are as follows, left to right.
Capt Christine Taranto, Capt Leonie Campbell, Capt Justine Whipple, Maj Amy Ritterbusch, 1stLt ThuyMi Dinh - photo by Mrs. McKinney

New Hampshire Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Nathan Dressel was the only other Army competitor among the top 10 with a fifth-place finish in 1:51:41.

Navy swept the men’s and women’s team titles. The Navy men (65) prevailed by one point over Air Force (66), followed by Army (127) and Marine Corps (132). The Navy women (24) also nipped Air Force (26), followed by Marine Corps (41) and Army (54).