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10-13-2011

Clarkson University Runners at Army Ten-Miler in Washington

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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 9. This was the fifth consecutive year that the battalion sent a team to the event.

Front row (left to right): host Kevin Parker, David Voorhees, Jen Zanghi, David Pecka, and host Anne Parker. Second row: Jonathan Simpson, Sean Empey, Taylor Macci, Matt Edgette, and Eric O’Donnell. Back row: Master Sgt. Mark Empey, Lt. Col. Joe Roller, Maj. Scott Toth.The trip was made special this year by the support received from the Clarkson alumni family. This was the second year that the family of Clarkson alumnus and trustee Kevin T. Parker '81agreed to host the team. Kevin, his wife, Anne, and daughter Kate provided a place to stay, and great meals for the team of eight runners and three cadre who made the trip.

For the fifth year, 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.

“The Fort Drum Chapter of AUSA continues to support our effort and the Parkers have been gracious hosts," said Major Scott Toth. "Staying with the Parkers was like visiting family, which goes to show the strength of the Clarkson Family. 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 30,000 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, Eric O’Donnell, finished with a time of 1:03:23, which placed him 366th overall. Taylor Macci finished five seconds behind Eric and 369th overall. Jennifer Zanghi finished in 1:09:00, which placed her fourth in her age group.

The team finished seventh among 62 ROTC teams and 48th out of 594 teams overall. They were also the fastest team in their brigade of Northeastern schools.

The Clarkson Golden Knight team was made up of senior Matthew Edgette, civil engineering, Saratoga, N.Y.; senior David Pecka, civil engineering, Elmira, N.Y.; senior Jennifer Zanghi, mechanical engineering, Cassadaga, N.Y.; junior Jonathan Simpson, engineering and management, Dunkirk, N.Y.; junior David Voorhees, environmental engineering, Buffalo, N.Y.; and sophomore Eric O’Donnell, civil engineering, Oriskany, N.Y.; and St Lawrence University cadets junior Sean Empey, history, Evans Mills, N.Y.; and sophomore Taylor Macci, history, Fort Plain, N.Y. The cadre runners were Lt. Col. Joe Roller, Maj. Scott Toth, and Master Sgt. Mark Empey.

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

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Photo caption: Runners from Clarkson University’s Army ROTC team at the Army Ten-Miler with their hosts. Front row (left to right): host Kevin Parker, David Voorhees, Jen Zanghi, David Pecka, and host Anne Parker. Second row: Jonathan Simpson, Sean Empey, Taylor Macci, Matt Edgette, and Eric O’Donnell. Back row: Master Sgt. Mark Empey, Lt. Col. Joe Roller, Maj. Scott Toth.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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