HQMC (MR), QUANTICO, VA – Capt Christine M. Taranto and SSgt David S. Arendt Jr. have been selected as the U.S. Marine Corps Female and Male Athletes of the Year for 2013. The pair were honored at the Commandant of the Marine Corps Combined Awards Ceremony at the Clubs of Quantico, aboard MCB Quantico, Va., on February 3, 2014, at 12:30 p.m.
Capt Taranto, who is currently the Operations Officer and H&S Company Commander at MWSS 272, aboard MCAS New River, NC, was the top female finisher for the All Marine Running team at the 2013 Armed Forces Triathlon Championship and the 2013 Armed Forces Marathon Championship. She placed sixth overall at Armed Forces Triathlon Championships with a time of 2:12:49. At the Marine Corps Marathon, she finished in 3:05:09 placing first overall for Active Duty Marine Females. 2013 was the first year Capt Taranto has been available to compete on the All Marine Sports teams due to her consistently high operational tempo. Capt Taranto has been a competitive athlete since high school, placing top in her state in Cross Country and track.
SSgt Arendt is currently assigned to the All Marine Wrestling Team aboard Camp Lejeune, NC. He is a member of the USA National Wrestling Team (Greco Roman style) and is ranked second on Team USA in the 120KG weight class. In 2013, he placed second in the U.S. World Team Trials in the 120KG weight class and earned 2 Gold medals (Greco and Freestyle) at the Armed Forces Championship in the120KG weight class. He placed first in the 120KG weight class at the US Nationals in Las Vegas, NV.
For more information about the Athletes of the Year program or the All Marine Sports Teams, please contact Capt Justine Whipple, HQMC Semper Fit, at 703-784- 3898, or email: Justine.L.Whipple@usmc-mccs.org.
Intramural Sports are offered for unit level participation. Units are notified when an organizational meeting will be conducted for each sport. Unit representatives attend these meeting and then form teams within their command. Individuals interested in participating in Intramural Sports should contact their unit Sergeant Major or Command Master Chief. If your unit does not have a team involved in the sport you wish to participate in, you may participate with another unit team within your Major Command. (Division, Base, MLG, MEF).
Official Team Rosters and Letter of Intent forms can be picked up and turned in to the Sports Office located in Goettge Memorial Field House. Letters of Intent must contain Command endorsement.
The league is open to all Active Duty Military, Retirees, Family Members, and Authorized DoD Civilian Employees age 18+ aboard MCB Camp Lejeune and MCAS New River.
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