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Clarkson University ROTC Runners at Army Ten-Miler in D.C.

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The Golden Knight Battalion runners from Clarkson University’s Army ROTC Battalion attended this year’s Army Ten-Miler held in Washington, D.C. on October 24. This was the fourth consecutive year that the battalion sent a team to the event.

The Golden Knight Battalion was among 30,000 runners who registered for the race held in the nation’s capital. The race started and ended in the parking lot of the Pentagon, with a route taking runners past many sites, including the Capitol, Lincoln Memorial, and Smithsonian museums. Army ROTC ten miler

Clarkson’s top runner, Charles Rugg, finished with a time of 1:07:08, which placed him 665th overall. Jennifer Zanghi finished in 1:11:16, which placed her fourth in her age group. The team finished in 22nd place among 59 Army ROTC programs and 117th among 653 teams overall.

The trip was made special this year by the support received from a Clarkson Alumni family. The team was housed and fed by the Parker family -- Kevin ’81, Anne, and daughter Kate, who provided a place to stay and some great meals for the team of eight runners and two cadre who made the trip. Kevin is also a University trustee.

The team was also sponsored by the Fort Drum Chapter of the Association of United States Army (AUSA), who provided funding for transportation and incidental costs.

"This year’s trip was incredible, due to the support of the Parkers and the Fort Drum Chapter of AUSA," said Maj. Scott Toth. "The cadets are already talking about next year’s trip. Staying with the Parkers was like visiting family, which goes to show the strength of the Clarkson Family. The trip also demonstrated to the cadets the camaraderie and esprit de corps of the Army."

The Clarkson team was made up of senior Charles Rugg, Information Systems & Business Processes, Penfield, N.Y.; senior Jayson Keys, Mechanical Engineering, Marion, N.Y.; senior Erin McTarnaghan, Biomolecular Science/Chemistry, Geneseo, N.Y.; junior Jennifer Zanghi, Mechanical Eng., Cassadaga, N.Y.; junior Russell Austin, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Canandaigua, N.Y.; junior Tim Nevin, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Canandaigua, N.Y;. junior Cris Coveleski, Global Supply Chain Management, Utica, N.Y.; and sophomore David Voorhees, Environmental Engineering, Buffalo, N.Y. The cadre runners were Maj. Scott Toth, and 2nd Lt. James Onley, Clarkson class of 2009.

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 running team and hosts. Back row (left to right): Jason Keys, Tim Nevin. Middle row: Russell Austin, 2nd Lt. James Onley, Cris Coveleski, Major Scott Toth. Front row: David Voorhees, Jennifer Zanghi, and hosts Kate Parker, Anne Parker, Kevin Parker. Missing: Charles Rugg and Erin McTanaghan.

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