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Clarkson University Army ROTC Travels to D.C. for Army 10-Miler

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The Clarkson University Army ROTC running club journeyed to the nation’s capital on October 4, for the third year in a row, to participate in the 25th anniversary Army 10-Miler. Two teams of cadets finished 16th and 22nd among 65 Army ROTC teams.

Clarkson’s top runner, Charles Rugg, finished with a time of 1:06:49, which placed him 594th overall. Cadet David Pecka finished in 1:11:03, 1163rd overall. The teams finished in 100th and 132nd among the 502 teams overall. army10miler2009

Seventeen students and four cadre traveled to Washington, D.C., for the event. The trip was partially underwritten by the Fort Drum chapter of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) and the Clarkson Guard.

"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, fed, and cheered us on during the trip," said Major Scott Toth. "This trip demonstrated to the cadets the camaraderie and esprit de corps of the Army. It was great experience to be part of the 25th annual race, and we hope to be a part of many more."

Trip highlights included a tour of the barracks under the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery and a day of sightseeing in the Capital. The team spent the night before the race at Cadet Brian Bierwirth parents’ home in Virginia.

The trip was capped off by joining almost 21,000 runners for the annual race that started and finished in the parking lot of the Pentagon and wound its way through the streets of Washington.

The Clarkson Golden Knight team was made up of Clarkson seniors Brian P. Bierwirth, information systems &business processes, Clifton, Va.; Dylan J. Morphet, civil engineering, Staatsburg, N.Y.; and Hilary A. Frego, global supply chain management., Watertown, N.Y.; juniors Jayson B. Keys, mechanical engineering, Marion, N.Y.; Erin L. McTarnaghan, biomolecular science/chemistry, Geneseo, N.Y.; Charles G. Rugg, information systems & business processes, Penfield, N.Y.; Colby C. Sortevik, political science, Pembroke, N.H.; Geoffrey B. Vantine, political science, Moretown, Vt.; Jimmy Wheeler, mechanical engineering, Camden, N.Y.; and Mark Lucas, global supply management, Penn Yan, N.Y.; sophomores Chris O’Connor, mechanical engineering, Delanson, N.Y.; David Pecka, civil engineering, Elmira, N.Y.; and Jennifer Zanghi, mechanical engineering, Cassadaga, N.Y.; SUNY Potsdam senior Patrick J. Knight, history, Vestal, N.Y.; sophomore Matt Wilsey, psychology, Rochester, N.Y.; and sophomore Owen Rand, history, Lake Placid, N.Y.; and SUNY Canton senior Gunnar Gramlich, disaster management, Fort Ann, N.Y. The cadre runners were Lt. Col. John Hinrichs, Maj. Scott Toth, Capt. Ryan Hunt, and Master Sgt. Mark Empey.

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 University’s Army ROTC team who participated in the Army 10-Miler included (front row left to right) Lt. Col. John Hinrichs, Master Sgt. Mark Empey, Gunnar Gramlich, David Pecka, Jenn Zanghi, Erin McTarnaghan, Chris O’Connor, Josh Hinrichs, Dylan Morphett, and (back row) Capt. Ryan Hunt, Colby Sortevik, Maj. Scott Toth, Jason Keyes, Charles Rugg, Matt Wilsey, Patrick Knight, Mark Lucas, Geoffrey Vantine, Hilary Frego, Owen Rand, Jimmy Wheeler, and Brian Bierwith; and hosts Diane and Jim Bierwirth.

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

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