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By Tim Hipps
| IMCOM Public Affairs | June 06, 2013
Army Capt. Nicholas Sterghos of Fort Hood, Texas, gestures as he finishes the Armed Forces Triathlon in first place June 1 at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, Calif. Sterghos, who finished with a time of 1 hour, 49 minutes, 21 seconds, finished second in last year's race.
(Photo by Andrea Howry, NBVC Public Affairs)
Athletes from across the Services to include Canadian Forces team compete at the 2013 Armed Forces Triathlon Championship at NBVC, CA on 1 Jun (Photo by Brigitta St Armand)
Medalists of the 2013 Armed Forces Triathlon Championship from left to right: Silver - Maj James Bales (USAF), Keesler AFB, MS - 1:49:57; Gold CPT Nicholas Sterghos (USA), Ft. Hood, TX - 1:49:21; Bronze - LT Thomas Brown (USN), San Diego, CA - 1:50:20 (Photo by Ms. Brigitta St. Armand)
2Lt Samantha Morrison (USAF), Seymour Johnson AFB, SC leads the women's division of the 2013 Armed Forces Triathlon Championship (Photo by Mr. Fred Morgan)
2013 Women Triathlon Medalists from left to right: Silver Medalist LCDR Colleen O’connor (USN), San Diego, CA - 2:10:37; Gold Medalist 2d Lt Samantha Morrison (USAF), Seymour Johnson AFB, SC - 2:07:39; and Bronze medalist LT Rachel Beckman (USCG), USCG MSC, Washington, D.C. - 2:11:15
(Photo by Mr. Fred Morgan, NBVC)
Women Service members from across the Armed Forces line up ready to jump in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of NBVC Point Mugu, CA for the start of the 2013 Armed Forces Triathlon Championship. (Photo by Mr. Fred Morgan)
Air Force Lt. Samantha Morrison, who graduated from the U.S. Academy just three days before the June 1 Armed Forces Triathlon, finished in 2:07:39, taking gold for the women's group. (Photo by Andrea Howry, NBVC Public)
Winners of the 2013 Armed Forces Womens Triathlon Championship. US Navy. (Photo by Mr. Fred Morgan)
NAVAL BASE VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. (June 4, 2013) – Army Capt. Nicholas Sterghos won the men’s crown and Air Force 2nd Lt. Samantha Morrison led the ladies at the 2013 Armed Forces Triathlon Championships on June 1.
Sterghos, a Soldier from Cornelia, Ga., stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, completed the 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run in 1 hour, 49 minutes and 21 seconds. Maj. James Bales (1:49:57) of Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., took the silver medal, and Navy Lt. Thomas Brown (1:50:20) of San Diego garnered the bronze.
Sterghos posted the fastest run (32:27 - 5:14 per mile pace) among competitors and the third-fastest swim (22:14). He was 17th-fastest on the bike (53:38).
Morrison, a native of Fredericksburg, Va., stationed at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, S.C., completed the same course in 2:07:39, and was followed by silver medalist Navy Lt. Cmdr. Colleen O’Connor (2:10:37) of San Diego, Calif., and bronze medalist Lt. Rachel Beckman (2:11:15) of the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Center in Washington, D.C.
Capt. Stephanie Hightower of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., led the Army women with a fourth-place finish in 2:11:59.
New Hampshire Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Nathan Dressel was the only other Army competitor among the top 10 with a fifth-place finish in 1:51:41.
Navy swept the men’s and women’s team titles. The Navy men (65) prevailed by one point over Air Force (66), followed by Army (127) and Marine Corps (132). The Navy women (24) also nipped Air Force (26), followed by Marine Corps (41) and Army (54).
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