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Vasona Lake County Park

Date: (Sun.) Dec. 19, 2010
Location: Los Gatos, CA
Event Director: - 510.681.6181
Course Setter: Dennis Wilkinson
Type: C; Everyone is welcome at the BAOC COOL (Junior) event

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Event Write-Up


Not a bad turnout for a rainy day, or as Jay Hann would put it, "a great day for orienteering." As luck would have it, our tight "start window" and course closing time happened to coincide with a substantial break in the rain, but the control pickup crew was not so lucky.

We introduced the "arena concept" to BAOC at this event, minus the announcing. Because of the weather, I didn't follow through on all the plans, such as having an announcer and a videographer. Although it wasn't all it was dreamed to be this time, there is much potential in the future, as was demonstrated by our setup. It was really fun to watch people go across the arena area in many directions on the first and last legs of the course. Orienteering you can actually watch, appreciate, and get excited about. I hope future course setters and event directors can take advantage of spectatable areas in our local parks and set up these kinds of arenas.

Dennis Wilkinson made some good use of the parky terrain offered by Vasona, and I thank Dennis for going with the arena concept. He was also quite adaptable to the introduction of the holiday lights displays.

Thanks to Jay Hann for putting the results together. This was not a simple task due to the Motala format and some issues with the start, my apologies for that. I should have made it a bit clearer about actually going to the start triangle and punching a start control after participants were called up. I've made some edits to the results, adding names for the groups who participated.

Chuck Spalding assigned all the participants scheduled start times, and then he helped me run the starts and get everyone staged and sorted. And Chuck just came to the event to volunteer — probably one of the reasons he was awarded the club Service Award that evening at the Willow Glen event.

Thanks to our many other volunteers. The Kim family gave a special effort throughout the whole event — helping set it up, running registration, and helping with take down and control pickup. Jay also helped with set up and take down. Nancy Lindeman was our hospitality person, making everyone feel welcome and greeting people and seeing if they needed any help. She did a great job of that. Jim Fish helped with set up and registration, and picked up a few controls, too. Our intrepid control pickup crew of Jack van Ryswyck, Lubo and Matej Sebo, and Daniel and Susan Kim braved the elements.

Finally, a thank you to John Goldsworthy and Linda Hyman of Santa Clara County Parks for helping us get our permit and hold our event.


Vasona Lake County Park

Los Gatos, CA
Sunday, December 19, 2010

For the Motola courses, the letters in parentheses indicate the order in which the loops were done.

Also see control-by-control timing in the WinSplits results (

You can see the event map with the actual routes traveled by participants, and draw your own route for comparison, in RouteGadget (introduction; this event ( (Note that for this type of event, RouteGadget has an option to use the splits file to determine the order in which each competitor visited the controls. Thus, each competitor makes their own course as they visit the controls.)

  Pl  Name(s)                           Time

White Course   (1.8 km, 11 controls)

   1  Julia Doubson (COOL)              14:54
   2  Gavin Smith (COOL)                21:26
   3  Barbara Robben                    22:57
   4  Troop 33                          25:08
   5  Aaron Frankel                     28:26
   6  Andrew Kim (COOL)                 51:38
   7  Misha Iakovlev (COOL)             53:25

Yellow Course  (2.1 km, 13 controls)

   1  Daniel Kim (COOL)                 19:43
   2  Samuel Morris (COOL)              22:02
   3  John Nguyen, Tony Nguyen,
        John Manalo                     26:33
   4  Paolo Calia                       26:54
   5  Rory Maclean (COOL)               27:50
   6  Sasha Iakovlev (COOL)             29:04
   7  Natalie Kim (COOL)                29:24
   8  Alec Herradura, Gian Paneda,
        Kristina Earl, Steven Herzberg  33:47
   9  Daniel Sebo (COOL)                33:58
  10  Hugo, Kathryn, & Gage Garcia      34:28
  11  Masha Konkov (COOL)               35:57
  12  Carl & Tom Gabrielson,
        Brandon Herren                  37:55
  13  Scott & Nick Savage               38:54
  14  Jocelyn Cruz,
        Heather Follo (COOL)            53:51
  15  Diane Hall                      1:06:09

      Emily Hann (COOL)                 MSP

Motala Course, 2 Loops  (3.8 km, 19 controls)

   1  Derek Maclean (B)                 30:01
   2  William Morris (A) (COOL)         35:36
   3  David Harrison (B) (COOL)         37:05
   4  Stephanie Maclean (A)             38:08
   5  Rod Sinks (A)                     54:54
   6  Ben Hallsted (B) (COOL)           59:56
   7  Amanda Radtke (B) (COOL)        1:03:57
   8  Talia Peterson (A) (COOL)       1:10:30

Motala Course, 3 Loops  (5.6 km, 28 controls)

   1  Kyle Peter (F)                    37:22  (estimated Start)
   2  Alex Finch (A)                    37:31
   3  Tapio Karras (C)                  39:13
   4  Matej Sebo (F) (COOL)             40:10
   5  Lubomir Sebo (E)                  41:25
   6  Toby Ferguson (E)                 41:53
   7  Austin Bowie (B) (COOL)           42:07
   8  Jonathan Hallsted (D) (COOL)      42:27
   9  Dennis Wildfogel (C)              43:47
  10  Steve Harrison (A)                44:04
  11  Jack van Ryswyck (E)              45:37  (estimated Start)
  12  Wayne Caplinger (C)               46:38
  13  Dan Greene (D)                    47:18
  14  Brad Wetmore (B)                  48:05
  15  Jason Reed (F)                    55:57
  16  Fyodor Konkov (B)                 58:12
  17  Bronwen Caplinger (E) (COOL)    1:13:23
  18  Jim Fish (D)                    1:18:50
  19  Julian Early (F) (COOL)         1:22:04
  20  Nancy Lindeman (D)              1:57:36

      Travis Bowie (B)                  DNF
      Erika Kikuchi (B)                 DNF


DNF = Did not finish (missed one or more controls)
MSP = Mispunched (one or more controls wrong)