Spring Lake Regional Park
Date: (Sat.) Apr. 15, 2006
Location: Santa Rosa, CA
Event Director: - 415.456.8118
Course Setter: Scott Aster
Type: C; White, Yellow, and Sprint courses, plus a special course with an Easter theme
By Scott Aster
The weather was not bad for orienteering – cool, shady, and with the occasional shower to refresh everyone. Unfortunately, the soggy weather coupled with this being both the weekend of Easter and the deadline to file your taxes, caused our turnout, especially on the White and Yellow courses to be lower than usual. Times on White and Yellow seemed about right, but the times on the Sprint event were a bit slower than I predicted.
The ground was very wet, muddy at times, and slippery in places. The Sprint course toured among other areas, the large, exposed rock areas in the west part of the map, where the footing was treacherous, and this year's sprint was definitely more technical, with more route choice options than last year.
I think the soggy conditions slowed people down, as well as an unexpected obstacle, the normally dry creek bed. Both the Sprint and Yellow courses crossed the creek, and the depth of the creek surprised people. Depending on where people chose to cross, the water level was anywhere from knee to nearly waist-high depth. Some participants lost considerable time looking for a good place to cross.
Everyone seemed to have a good time though, and the only mild complaints I heard were from some of the Sprint competitors, who felt the map was not quite accurate enough in places. I apologize for that, and will try to do a thorough update before the next Sprint here.
The meet could only have happened with the gracious support of the volunteers. Judy Koehler gave clinics and helped pick up controls after the meet. Gary Kraght single handedly ran the registration table, Greg Logan handled all the starts, and Dan Greene helped with control pickup.
Spring Lake Regional Park
Santa Rosa, CA
Saturday, April 15, 2006
Note: The start & finish clocks turned out not to be synchronized, so everyone's actual time was about 40 seconds longer than listed.
Pl Name(s) Time White Course (2.4 km, 30 m climb, 9 controls) 1 Isabel Bryant 36:35 2 David Bryant 37.12 3 Kim, Luke, & Emily Sewall, Haley & Keith Romstad 37:25 4 Lacey, Carol, & Phyllis Dubois, & Carol Zocchi 51:13 5 Thorne, Sharon, & Neal Bertrand 59:41 6 James Grayson, Laiken, James, Austin 62:57 7 Charlie, Lucy, & Doug Moore 63:46 8 Troop 315: Aaren Shupe & Josiah McVay 86:23 Lisa Ziganti, Ty, Katie, & Paul Brenninger DNF Yellow Course (3.5 km, 65 m climb, 12 controls) 1 Adam Doti 34:14 2 Taylor Pipas, Jeff Green, Adam Armijo 34:34 3 Linda Grimes, Anna Kennedy 64:24 4 Kathy Thwat, Branden, Kody, Daniel & Steven 89:51 5 Evan Fitchett, Ken Chase 96:50 6 Martin, Lisa, Max, & Troy McKeay 97:39 7 Jeff van Horne, Connie Hutterer 105:13 8 Brad & Lisa Melton 107:11 9 Phyllis, Carol, & Lacey Dubois, Carol Zocchi 123:11 (2nd course) 10 Tyler Madsen, Chase Mannisto 132:01 Brownie Troop #2983 #1 (5) DNF Brownie Troop #2983 #2 (7) DNF Sprint Course (3.0 km, 85 m climb, 17 controls) 1 Mattias Eriksson 25:47 2 Francois Leonard 27:03 3 Russell Neilson 27:38 4 Peter Graham 28:01 5 Dennis Wildfogel 29:11 6 Adam Doti 31:12 (2nd course) 7 Jeff Green, Adam Armijo & Taylor Pipas 31:38 (2nd course) 8 Dan Greene 32:29 9 David Yee 34:53 10 Donatas Zigmantas 35:01 11 Gary Kraght 38:45 12 Barb Bryant 40:11 (1st woman) 13 Marie-Josee Parayre 42:36 (2nd woman) 14 Mark Hunt 66:12 15 Lowell Moulton 96:02 Egg-O Course (up to 12 km, up to 215 m climb, up to 29 controls) (The challenge was to find 6 "egg" controls out of 29 total.) 1 Russell Neilson 42:11 2 Peter Graham 47:57 _______________ DNF = Did not finish (missed one or more controls)