The Army women continued their cross-country dominance by winning the Armed Forces Cross Country championship for the fourth consecutive year in Tallahasee, Florida, Feb. 3.
Spc. Susan Tanui of Fort Carson, Colorado took home the Armed Forces individual gold medal while team captain Maj. Kelly Calway of West Point, New York, took Armed Forces bronze.
Teammates 1st Lt. Jennifer Comfort, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, and Sgt. Esther Spradling, Fort Bragg, placed fourth and fifth respectively, to beat the runner-up Air Force team by 15 points.
“The team is looking good, all healthy with four returning runners. The course is very beautiful, and the loops make it a very unique course,” said Calway, the team captain and four-time winner of the race.
Army’s Staff Sgt. Claudia McNally, Fort Bragg, and Maj. Nicole Solana, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, rounded out Army’s team.
“It was a very humbling experience, running with this team,” said Staff Sgt. Claudia McNally, Company A, 6th Psychological Operations Battalion, 4th Military Information Support Group. “I felt out of my league running with WCAP (World Class Athlete Program) runners, but it was such a great experience.”
McNalley is a member of the Fort Bragg Ten-Miler team. She competed at the Army Ten-Miler Championship in Washington, D.C. in 2017, where the Fort Bragg women’s team took first place.
Sgt. Esther Spradling, Company C, 407th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, also talked about how excited she was to be on the team.
“It was a great race, great weather, and great group of ladies,” she said.
Spradling is preparing to run in the Boston Marathon, an experience she said she has always wanted to have.
The 10k Armed Forces Cross Country race is part of the Armed Forces Sports program. The AFS is a culmination of military sports and fitness programs.
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