Background Image

News & Events


Clarkson University's Golden Knight Battalion Runs in Washington, D.C., Army Ten-Miler

The Golden Knight Battalion runners from Clarkson University Army ROTC participated in the annual Army Ten-Miler race held this month in Washington, D.C.

Army Ten-MilerThe trip was made special this year by the support received from the Professor of Military Science Maj. Michael C. Athanasakis’ friend Maj. Keith Sandoval, who is currently assigned at the Pentagon. Sandoval arranged for lodging for the entire team at Fort McNair in Washington.

The night before the race, retired Lt. Gen. Bernard S. Champoux hosted the team at his home in McLean Virginia for a pre-race dinner.  Champoux is the former Commander of the Eighth Army in Korea and former commanding general of the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii. He is also the uncle of Cadet Curran Doyle, one of the team members.

For the ninth year, the team was also sponsored by the Fort Drum Chapter of the Association of United States Army.  AUSA supports the team each year with registration, transportation and incidental costs.

"The Fort Drum Chapter of AUSA continues to support our effort to build esprit de corps," said 2nd Lt. Adam Yates. "Dinner with the Champouxs was like visiting family, which goes to show the strength of the Clarkson network. Their support allows us to show the rest of the Army what the Golden Knight Battalion and Clarkson are all about."

The Clarkson team members were among 35,000 runners who registered for the race held in the nation’s capital. The race starts and ends in the parking lot of the Pentagon and the route takes runners past many sites in Washington, including the Capitol, Lincoln Memorial, and the Smithsonian museums.

Clarkson’s top runner, Jacob Tomlinson, finished with a time of 1:08:43, which placed him 785th overall. Brian Billings finished second on the team with a time of 1:12:05 and a 1,258th overall finish.  Isaac Czarnecki finished in 1:13:22, which placed him third on the team and 1,484th overall.

The team finished 31st among 79 ROTC teams and 111th out of 542 teams overall.

The Clarkson Golden Knight team was made up of senior Katherine Poness, aeronautical engineering, Rochester, N.Y.; junior Jacob Brizzell, mechanical engineering, Latham, N.Y.;  junior Brian Billings, aeronautical engineering, Webster, W.I.; junior Michael Adams, biomolecular science, Dunkirk, N.Y.; junior Jacob Tomlinson, civil engineering, Proctor, VT; junior Curran Doyle, aeronautical engineering, Dalton, MA; sophomore Issac Czarnecki, biomolecular science, Bridgeport, NY; and St. Lawrence University cadet and sophomore Garnet Williams, history and geology, Barneveld, N.Y. The cadre was represented by runners Maj. Michael Athanasakis and 2nd Lt. Adam Yates.

For more information about Army ROTC in the North Country, contact Assistant Professor of Military Science / Enrollment Officer Scott Toth at 315-265-2180 or .

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, New York, Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, 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 innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Runners from Clarkson University’s Army ROTC team at the Army Ten-Miler in front of the 10th Mountain Division Tent. From left to right: Issac Czarnecki, Katherine Poness, Garnet Williams, Brian Billings, 2nd Lt. Adam Yates, Maj. Michael Athatnasakis, Jacob Brizzell, Michael Adams, Jacob Tomlinson, and Curran Doyle.  

[Photograph for media use is available at ]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or]

Calendar View the full calendar >>

Full Calendar RSS Feed