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CAMP CASEY, South Korea — Three Yongsan Garrison-based Team Korea veterans have been picked to lead the 8th U.S. Army team into the Army Ten-Miler slated for Oct. 4 in Washington, D.C.

Men’s open competitors Josue Morales and Alexander Pagon were with the 8th Army team that placed fourth last year among active-duty men.

Robin Cushing returns from an 8th Army women’s team that took 10th place last Oct. 5. Korea’s men won the team title in 2006 and the women in 2007.

All three participated in Saturday’s 8th Army Ten-Miler held in the rain, heavy at times, starting from Casey’s Hanson Field House.

Morales won the men’s overall title in 1 hour, 10 seconds, while Camp Hovey’s Chelsey Freeman was the women’s overall winner in 1:16:38.

"Times were a little slow due to the weather. Runners were carrying about four pounds extra at the end due to the rain, and being careful on the course slowed them down," said 8th Army sports director Tom Higgins. The rain added "three to four minutes" to each runner’s time, he said.

Some 285 runners, almost 120 more than last year, ran at Casey on Saturday. Despite the wet conditions, nobody was injured.

"I feel we’re on track for this year’s" Army Ten-Miler, Higgins said. Team Korea features a "good cross section of runners from all locations … and now in process of getting released from their units."

Team Korea will train for the Army Ten-Miler in Daegu Sept. 14-29, then depart for Washington on Sept. 30.

KoreaRunning2009 8th U.S. Army Ten-MilerAt Hanson Field House, Camp Casey, South KoreaSaturday’s results

Women’s open (29 years and younger)1, Chelsey Freeman, Camp Hovey, 1 hour, 16 minutes, 38 seconds; 2, Alice Kim, Camp Carroll, 1:18:12; 3, Hanna Farrell, Camp Red Cloud, 1:20:11.

Women’s seniors (30-39 years old) 1, Jennifer Adams, Yongsan Garrison, 1:23:13; 2, Erik Locke, Yongsan Garrison, 1:24:22; 3, Karen Graves, Camp Hovey, 1:32:07.

Women’s masters (40 years and older)1, Mi Cha Kincaid, Yongsan Garrison, 1:21:17; 2, Maria Leto, Yongsan Garrison, 1:25:48; 3, Lynn Rooker, Suwon Air Base, 1:51:41.

Men’s open (29 years and younger)1, Alexander Pagon, Yongsan Garrison, 1:01:02; 2, Bryan Kelly, Suwon Air Base, 1:01:11; 3, James DeBerry, Camp Hovey, 1:02:54.

Men’s seniors (30-39 years old)1, Thomas Marnoch, Camp Carroll, 1:03:30; 2, Greg Wyrobek, Camp Red Cloud, 1:03:46; 3, Gary Bradley, Camp Red Cloud, 1:05:04.

Men’s masters (40 years and older)1, Josue Morales, Yongsan Garrison, 1:00:10; 2, Samuel Stokely, Suwon Air Base, 1:04:54; 3, David Varoskovic, Suwon Air Base, 1:08:43.

Total participants-285. Men’s open-180. Men’s seniors-42. Men’s masters-23. Women’s open-21. Women’s seniors-15. Women’s masters-4.8th U.S. Army Ten-Miler Teams

MenJosue Morales, Alexander Pagon, Yongsan Garrison; James DeBerry, Camp Hovey; Su Yi, Adrian Navarette, Camp Humphreys; Greg Wyrobeck, Camp Red Cloud; Ledger West, K-16 Air Base; Thomas Marnock, Camp Carroll.

WomenCourtney White, Camp Casey; Alice Kim, Camp Carroll; Chelsey Freeman, Camp Hovey; Amy Breguet, Camp Stanley; Robin Cushing, Lacena Williams, Maria Leto, Yongsan Garrison; Hannah Farrell, Camp Red Cloud.

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