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Soldier sets new record

Soldier against a U.S. flag graphic (properly sized)
Soldier against a U.S. flag graphic (properly sized)

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  A soldier from Wisconsin has shattered a world record for running a mile while wearing a full 75-pound bomb-disposal suit. According to the Army's Web site, First Lieutenant Ashley Sorensen of Milwaukee ran her mile in 11-minutes and 6-seconds -- more than two minutes faster than the previous record for a female officer wearing an Explosive Ordnance Disposal suit.

Sorenson says it's vital for soldiers to be able to function in such heavy gear, and the competitive runs help them get ready for that. The Army said the record run was made recently on a track at the University of Hawaii in Manoa.

Sorenson is her unit's executive officer. She graduated from West Point three years ago.

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