The 5th Engineer Battalion won the 2020 Commander’s Cup 5K, held Friday at the Mickey Zaun Troop Trail.
“I think we all wanted to come out here to have fun and to compete to the best of our abilities,” said Shelton Williams, who led the team with a time of 19 minutes, 25.89 seconds.
Six teams competed in the annual run, held as part of the Commander’s Cup series. The top three times from each four-person team were averaged together, with the top three teams earning trophies.
Williams, along with teammates Steven Hubbard, Guadalupe Perez and Ruston Augustine averaged 19:58.05. They accepted the championship trophy from Tatiana Pickett, representing the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Sports Department.
Runners enjoyed sunny skies at the beginning of the race, with temperatures in the middle 60s and mild, windy conditions. “I think it was perfect weather for a runner,” Williams said.
Also a fan of the running conditions Friday was Andrew Dahm, who was the first runner to cross the finish line with a time of 19:04.76.
“It was easy, simple and we had beautiful weather,” Dahm said. “Running is a passion of mine. I love just getting out and running on trails or being able to run for fun.”
Accepting the second-place trophy was the 169th Engineer Battalion team of Sungho Park, Casey Woudenberg, Matthew Pickens and Antonio Guillory. They finished with a combined average of 20:27.29.
The third-place trophy went to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Engineer Brigade, with runners Nicholas Tritone, Eric Gilhooley, Rudy Chelednik and Ryan McCadden averaging 20:42.
Rounding out the finishers were the Medical Department Activity (21:06) in fourth place, the 14th MP Bde. (22:12) in fifth place and the 31st Engineer Battalion (22:24) in sixth place.
Although the 2020 Commander’s Cup Series began with the flag-football tournament, the 5K was the first stand-alone event on this year’s schedule. The series continues Friday with the annual Commander’s Cup 3-D Archery Tournament at the Outdoor Adventure.