The Quantico 12K and the Quantico Triathlon were held at the Officer Candidates School on Saturday, and Woodbridge resident Matt O’Neil, 23, dominated the 12K, according to a new release.
O’Neil broke the course record by nearly three minutes with a finish of 40:17 and finished ahead of second place by six minutes. He also won first place in June at the Belleau Wood 8K. O’Neil is training for the Marine Corps Marathon in October and describes his back-to-back wins as “a step in the right direction.”
“I went out at the pace I wanted to, but I still have a lot more miles to go for the marathon,” he said. “This is my first time ever doing this type of distance and it was a lot of fun, I really enjoyed it and I would do it again.”
Marine Corps Major Kevin Soeder, 41, of Stafford, earned first place in the Quantico Tri with a time of 1:06:28. This is Soeder’s second Quantico Tri first-place win — he also stood on the podium in 2014.
“I am feeling good, it was a great experience and all of the support was wonderful,” he said.
The Quantico Tri course featured a start the school with a 750-meter open water swim in the Potomac River, a transition to a 20K cycle tour of Marine Corps Base Quantico and a 5K run. Highlights from other top finishers:
Quantico 12K females were led by Sandra Pahl, 40, Dumfries, with a time of 55:11. The United States Naval Academy alumni also won the Devil Dog Double in May 2018. Second place went to Jenna Scholz, 33, of Alexandria, with a time of 56:19. Third place went to Heather Albright, 35, from Stafford, with a time of 57:15.
Marine Corps Major Kenneth Parisi, 41, from Montclair, earned second place in the Quantico Tri with a time of 1:07:51. Parisi was followed by FBI agent Scott Foster, 42, from McLean, who won third place with 1:08:14.
Former United States Naval Academy swimmer and Marine Corps Major Jamie Ash, 33, from Woodbridge, led all females in the Quantico Tri with 1:15:32. In second place was Lola Lahi, 47, of Washington, D.C., with 1:15:45. The third female finisher was Beth Stockel, 41, of Springfield, with 1:18:11.
The two events included a combined 1,193 finishers.
Marine Corps Base Quantico’s Commanding Officer Col. William C. Bentley III competed in the Tri.
“I really appreciate all of the work that went into this event,” Bentley said. “This is a terrific venue and I look forward to next year.”
Unofficial results are available at www.marinemarathon.com. Runners may continue their commitment to #RunWithTheMarines by participating in the MCM Kids Run on Oct. 27; MCM10K on Oct. 28; and the Turkey Trot on Nov. 17.