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2017 Army Ten-Miler

JBLM Ten-Miler team fit, ready to run

Northwest Guardian

Published: 03:59PM October 5th, 2017
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Casey Trias sprints down part of the grass field at Watkins Field during an early morning JBLM Ten-Miler practice on Lewis Main Sept. 29.

2017 JBLM Teams for Army Ten-Miler

Active-Duty Men – Kevin Kniery, Joe DeFilippo, Shawn Jenkins, Trevor Lafontaine, Casey Trias, Antoine West and Richard Williams

Active-Duty Women – Leah Guerrero, Jessica Knoll, Kristen Conley, Shoshannah Lane and Emily Sugimoto

The last time Leah Guerrero ran for Joint Base Lewis-McChord at the Army Ten-Miler was in 2014. Life kept her away from running in 2015 when she became a platoon leader for the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division.

In 2017, Guerrero joined an active-duty women’s team from JBLM that hopes to improve upon its third place team finish last year at the 2017 Army Ten-Miler in Washington, D.C., set for Sunday. Since the team began training in May, Guerrero has shown signs that she hasn’t lost a step since 2014.

“I started off the season faster than in 2014, so that’s encouraging,” Guerrero said. “I’m excited for (this year).”

The JBLM women finished with a combined time of 4 hours, 31 minutes and 56 seconds — led by Jessica Knoll’s individual time of 1:05:23. Knoll is the only returning runner from last year’s team, which features new runners in Kristen Conley, Shoshannah Lane and Emily Sugimoto.

Although the five women haven’t run together as a team, they all have previous experience running in the Army Ten-Miler while stationed at other installations. All five have the experience and knowledge to stay accountable for logging in the miles over the past four months.

“We have workout calendars, so we’re on the same pace,” Knoll said. “When we do get together, we should be at the same level (of readiness).”

JBLM will also send an active-duty men’s team that hopes to do better than its ninth place finish last year. The group finished with an overall time of 3:53:41 with four runners finishing in under an hour, but only one of them, Richard Williams, is scheduled to return to this year’s team.

Runners have attempted to get their miles in when they can. Shawn Jenkins even ran in the Race for a Soldier half-marathon Sept. 24 in Gig Harbor, finishing with a time of 1:26:04.

“That’s a pretty decent time for how hilly of a course that is, so I think I’m pretty squared away for a good time (in D.C.),” Jenkins said.

Other runners have had to adapt to times when duty calls. Casey Trias was among the 245 members of the 23rd Brigade Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division to help fight wildfires as part of “Task Force Spearhead” at the Umpqua North Complex in Oregon.

Finding time to get his miles was difficult, but Trias was able to run in the evening. He said the area was a nice training environment, despite the wildfires.

“It was nice that the job required hiking with a fire pack, so I got a lot of hiking up and down hills,” Trias said.

Both JBLM teams will travel to the nation’s capital for the event that attracts more than 30,000 runners — representing several military installations in the United States and around the world. For more information, visit armytenmiler.com.

Dean Siemon: 253-477-0235, @deansiemon