Respect for elders: Aged runners prevail in post track championship
Marcie C. Wright,
The 2012 Fort Bliss Intramural Track Post Championship meet brought age with speed to Stout Track May 16 through this past Friday.
After two heats of preliminaries the best were determined to run for the finals and Commander’s Cup points, trophies and bragging rights.
Given that the entire 1st Armored Division was in the field supporting Iron Focus, 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade was able to clinch the victory and the most points because the unit was able to supply the most participants. With 96 points, the ADA unit went home with a first-place win. William Beaumont Army Medical Center trailed for second with 32 points.
Individual winners included last year’s lightning bolt Corey Smith of 11th ADA Bde., Darralyn Cody from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st AD, and female runner Catherine Harris of HHC, 1st AD.
Cody, a 33-year-old human resources specialist, said he and Smith have been racing each other since the two were stationed in Korea in 2009.
“Smith’s a good guy,” said Cody. “We’ve been going back and forth for three years now. Sometimes he wins and sometimes I do, but I know I needed to be the best in order to beat the best.”
“With track it’s all about self-confidence and self-assurance,” said Cody, who spent three months training for the meet, “and I expected to win.”
Having breezed through the preliminaries, running slow enough to save his energy, Cody faced Smith for both the 100-meter dash finals and the 200-meter dash finals. After a bitter loss in the 100, where Cody took second place to Smith, he came back for the win in the 200 with a better time performance than he ran in the previous race.
“I was redeemed a little bit,” he said.
“It was a good warm-up,” said Harris of her preliminary races.
At age 40, Harris ran to beat every female on the track. In training for an advancement school, she was the only representative of the division’s HHC. She said she ran for her unit – to win Commander’s Cup points for those who are in the field and for a command team who has supported her endeavors.
“I wanted at least for someone to represent the brigade,” said Harris. “I know they are training up for deployment so, I really wanted to show support for my brigade, and I couldn’t ask for a more phenomenal chain of command. The brigade commander and brigade sergeant major are awesome.”
Another plus for winning was to be medaled by a young helper, Taryn Harris, her daughter who volunteered for the three-day meet.
To receive the gold from Taryn meant a lot, “because the first thing she said was ‘[Mom], I’m proud of you,’” said Harris. “It’s a big deal when your kids are proud of you.”
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