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Clarkson University Army ROTC Places Sixth in D.C. Race

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The Clarkson University Army ROTC running club returned to the nation’s capital on October 6 to defend their title as fastest Army ROTC team in the Army’s 24th annual 10-mile foot race. Although they weren’t able to repeat that feat, they still placed sixth overall, posting a faster time than last year.

This year 21 students and four instructors traveled to Washington, D.C., for the event. ROTC staff said that the trip, which was partially underwritten by the Fort Drum chapter of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) and the Clarkson Guard, was an all around success.army10miler2008

Stops at the Gettysburg Battlefield, a tour of the barracks under the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, and a day of sightseeing in the Capital were some of the highlights of the trip. Most of the runners spent the night at the home of the parents of Cadet Brian Bierwirth in Clifton, Va. The trip was capped off by joining almost 19,000 runners for the annual race, which started and finished in the parking lot of the Pentagon.

Clarkson’s top runner, Jason Burgess, finished with a time of 1:01:18, which placed him 200th overall. The next finisher, Mike Ives, ran in 1:02:57 and finished 272nd overall. The team finished in sixth among Army ROTC programs and 53rd among 511 teams overall.

"The cadets had a great time and we certainly appreciate the support of the Clarkson Guard, AUSA and the parents of our cadets who housed and fed us and cheered us on during the trip," said Major Scott Toth. "This trip demonstrates to the cadets the camaraderie and esprit de corps of the Army. We’ll definitely be back for the 25th anniversary next year."

Clarkson University students on the Golden Knight team were senior Jason W. Burgess, civil engineering major, Wolcott, N.Y.; senior Michael J. Ives, interdisciplinary engineering & management, Ogdensburg, N.Y.; junior Brian P. Bierwirth, information systems & business processes, Clifton, Va.; senior Michael G. Frisone, mechanical engineering, Rexford, N.Y.; junior Matthew G. Wagner, mechanical engineering, Lancaster, Pa.; junior Dylan J. Morphet, civil engineering, Staatsburg, N.Y.; senior James I. Onley, communications, Watertown, N.Y.; junior Hilary A. Coker business studies, Watertown, N.Y.; Senior Amanda J. Crosley, Arete, South Colton, N.Y.; sophomore Jason B. Keys, mechanical engineering, Marion, N.Y.; senior Lewis E. Lizotte, chemistry, Sutton, Vt.; sophomore Erin L. McTarnaghan, Biology, Geneseo, N.Y.; Senior Jeremy A. Paro, mechanical engineering, Richmond, Vt.; sophomore Charles G. Rugg, information systems & business processes, Penfield, N.Y.; sophomore Colby C. Sortevik, political science, Pembroke, N.H.; sophomore Geoffrey B. Vantine, political science, Moretown, Vt.; senior Robert E. Walsh, interdisciplinary engineering & management, Rochester, N.Y.; senior Tyler S. Weaver, mechanical engineering, Wolcott, N.Y.

SUNY Potsdam cadets Junior Patrick J. Knight, history, Vestal, N.Y., and sophomore Jon C. Schumacher, criminal justice, Liverpool N.Y., and SUNY Canton junior Gunnar Gramlich, political science, Fort Ann, N.Y., also participated.

The cadre runners were Lt. Col. Jon Hinrichs, Maj. Scott Toth, Capt. David Whitt, and 2nd Lt. Katie Cavan. Master Sgt. Mark Empey also accompanied the team.

For more information about Army ROTC in the North Country, contact Scott Toth at 315-265-2180 or

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Runners from Clarkson’s Army ROTC team who participated in the Army 10-miler included (front row L to R) 2nd Lt. Katie Cavan, Matt Wagner, Jason Keyes, Gunnar Gramlich, Jason Burgess, Bob Walsh, Erin McTarnaghan, Maj. Scott Toth, and James Onley, and (second row) Lt. Col. Jon Hinrichs, Jeremy Paro, Colby Sortevik, Dylan Morphet, Tyler Weaver, Brian Bierwirth, Charles Rugg, Jon Schumacher, Hilary Coker, Michael Ives, Patrick Knight, Master Sgt, Mark Empey, and Capt. David Whitt.

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