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Public Event at Scout-O Championships

Briones Regional Park

Date: (Sun.) Oct. 13, 2019
Location: Lafayette, CA
Event Director: - 925.934.6567
Course Setters: Gavin Wyatt-Mair, Steve Harrison
Type: B; Open Event for non-Scouts — Regular 7-course BAOC event in conjunction with the Scout-O Championships

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Event Write-Up and Mystery

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We enjoyed another fun Scout Orienteering Championships and B-meet at Briones on Sunday, October 13th. This was the 27th Scout-O and, for the second time that we know of, the event has spanned two generations: a scout who participated this year was accompanied by her mom who participated as a scout years ago.

We had 50% more troops this year versus last year! Overall attendance was similar to last year, with over 300 people at the meet altogether.

Congratulations to all the Scout Champions​—​results for the Scout courses are here. Our overall 2019 Scout-O Champion is Ryan Thompson – Troop 104, El Cerrito.

Congratulations to the winning Troops:

The results for the B-meet are below.

Thank you to our volunteers, who worked to make the meet run smoothly. A table of volunteers and their activities is below. I am sure that some have been omitted​—​people are great, and they just pitch in and help all the time, so please let me know the names of those I missed.

Voluteers

The Mystery

We started setting control bags with E-punches a few days before the meet. By Friday, we had set almost all the controls​—​there were still 10 to set, and the water. On Saturday morning, we drove up the hill with the Rangers to set the water. While driving up high, we noticed that control 84, which was at the north end of a pond, and should be seen from the truck, was missing. We assumed that cows had messed with it, and decided to fix it after setting the water.

When we arrived at the water stop, we noticed that control 46, which should have been visible, was missing. Hmmmm. Went over to look around, thinking “pesky cows”. But it wasn’t there, although the streamer was there. Searched around a bit, and Hah! There it was, standing neatly against a tree deeper in the copse.

Well, cows don’t prop controls up against trees. So we decided that some person must have moved it. Asked the Rangers, but they were innocent. Perhaps a horse person? A nearby landowner? Oh well, no big deal, we just put it back, and carried on with the water deployment.

Uh-oh, spotted a control propped up on the fence east of the water. Went over to it, and it was number 55​—​wow, 500 meters from where it had been placed! Started getting worried.

Went over to 35. Missing completely. Now really worried. So we split up​—​the Rangers and Jay would finish placing the water, and I would check more controls. Steve was out placing other controls.

While replacing 55, I found 35, so I replaced it as well. Checked 36, 37, 79, 67, 78, 47, 52, 59​—​all okay. Went back to the water point and headed north. Placed 34 and checked 58, 45, 85. All okay.

Went to the pond where 84 should have been. Could not find it. Plenty of cows around​—​maybe they stomped it into the pond? Fished around in the pond a bit, but couldn’t see anything in the murk. Decided that most likely the person who moved 35, 55, and 46 was responsible, so I looked around the area and didn’t see it. Replaced it with number 90, and marked 90 as 84 since the maps were already printed.

By now it was late, so I checked 96, 41, 97 (all okay), and placed the last two controls​—​33 and 44. On the way back to the car, I checked 32, 31, 57, 83, 87, 51, 54, Start, 93, 94, 40, 39, 38. All okay.

At this point, the conclusion was that a person had moved the visible controls at the top of the hill. Only 84 was missing, and it had been replaced. All the others were okay, so we were good to go.

Wrong! During the competition on Sunday, a Scout Leader called Nina to inform her that 53 was missing. She texted me, and Steve Harrison dashed out there to check. Yup, it was missing, so he replaced it. Steve started back to the arena, going north, and HEY! What’s that near the ruin 200 m north of 53? Wow, it’s 53!!! So he placed it back where it belonged. Sadly, a number of teams on Course 3 had already been messed up by the missing control. What a pity!

At the end of the meet, Greg, Vicki, Deron, and Fyodor went out to retrieve controls. They arrived back and reported nothing extraordinary. Then we checked our controls inventory, and guess what? 84 was back!!! Fyodor figured he picked it up where 96 is located. So we checked. 96 was now missing! Good grief! Well, it was 6 PM and getting dark, so we packed it in knowing that we had lost one control (96), and that someone had been messing with us.

Monday afternoon I went to look for 96. Found it! So there are no controls missing, and besides the teams on Course 3 being messed up (which we will try to correct in the results), all’s well that ends well.

So what do you think? Was BigFoot unhappy with us​—​maybe he doesn’t like orange-and-white bags with electronics? Do controls relocate themselves? Were we suffering from delusions of placement?

Perhaps there are a bunch of lessons to learn from all this. I am actually seriously concerned for next year’s big California Orienteering Festival (http://www.cal-o-fest.com), and would welcome suggestions for how to mitigate this kind of issue.

Cheers,
Gavin




Results

Public Event at Scout-O Championships

Briones Regional Park
Lafayette, CA
Sunday, October 13, 2019

White Course   Yellow Course   Orange Course   Brown Course   Long Brown Course   Green Course   Red Course   Blue Course

Also see control-by-control timing in the splits on Attackpoint (http://www.attackpoint.org/eventdetail.jsp/event_46607).

You can see the event map with the actual routes traveled by participants, and draw your own route for comparison, in RouteGadget for this event (http://baoc.org/gadget/cgi/reitti.cgi?act=map&id=458). (Use of RouteGadget is explained here.)

Please tell if anything needs to be changed.


Preliminary Results

White Course          (3.4 km, 150 m climb, 10 controls)  
                                                                 Time
   Pl  Name                         Club      Time    Behind     Lost
    1  Erika Reed                   BAOC      39:57              0:35  
    2  Alexander Schafer     Berkeley High  1:02:04    22:07     9:24
    3  Jenny Zheng                  BAOC    1:26:42    46:45    16:59
    4  Widerstrom family            BAOC    1:54:55    74:58    27:05
Yellow Course         (3.4 km, 160 m climb, 11 controls)  
                                                                 Time
   Pl  Name                         Club      Time    Behind     Lost
    1  Travis Navarro           CHS NJROTC    32:40              2:59  
    2  Zach Remer               CHS NJROTC    49:36    16:56     7:40
    3  James Hodson                 None      51:51    19:11     5:15
    4  Unknown Runner               BAOC      56:25    23:45     6:45   (Started at 10:35:46)
    5  Emily & Ida Tornqvist        BAOC      57:17    24:37     5:45
    6  Tatiana Fedyk                None      58:24    25:44     6:54
    7  Vikram Chahal            CHS NJROTC  1:15:39    42:59    15:24
    8  Prashant                     None    1:17:24    44:44    19:05
    9  Philip Solomatinko           BAOC    1:24:01    51:21     8:43
   10  George Solomatniko           BAOC    1:24:11    51:31     9:05
   11  Jeffrey Kabel                BAOC    1:33:38    60:58     8:55   (2nd Course)
   12  The Mamas                    None    1:42:31    69:51     9:34
   13  Shura & Leta Krechetov       BAOC    1:42:33    69:53    21:11
   14  Team MJJB                    BAOC    2:03:43    91:03    14:58
       Catharine Yezek          CHS NJROTC    DNF                      
       Terry Gleason                BAOC      DNF
Orange Course         (4.0 km, 270 m climb, 13 controls)  
                                                                 Time
   Pl  Name                         Club      Time    Behind     Lost
    1  Jason Reed                   BAOC      52:02              4:37  
    2  Erika Reed                   BAOC    1:14:46    22:44     6:04   (2nd Course)
    3  Anthony Meyer            CHS NJROTC  1:23:26    31:24    10:18
    4  Zander & Eric Rosenzweig     BAOC    1:39:08    47:06    10:42
    5  Seth & Ryan                  BAOC    1:46:12    54:10     7:13
    6  Unknown Runner               None    1:50:18    58:16    20:49
    7  Ada Krechetov                BAOC    1:51:32    59:30    14:14
    8  Red Bear                     None    2:48:02   116:00    22:26
       Darren Blum                  BAOC      MSP                       
Brown Course          (3.7 km, 200 m climb, 13 controls)  
                                                                 Time
   Pl  Name                         Club      Time    Behind     Lost
    1  Tobias Tornqvist             BAOC      51:42              2:52  
    2  Chuck Spalding               BAOC      52:29     0:47     1:54
    3  Linus Tornqvist              BAOC      56:12     4:30     2:46
    4  Gary Kraght                  BAOC    1:09:48    18:06     5:19
    5  Irena & Nick                 BAOC    1:27:25    35:43     7:52
    6  George Minarik               BAOC    1:28:38    36:56    13:51
    7  Joe Geddes                   BAOC    1:47:32    55:50    33:56
    8  Tharu & Rishi                BAOC    2:15:07    83:25    18:07
    9  Leslie Minarik               BAOC    2:17:01    85:19    44:04
   10  Diyang Tang                  BAOC    2:27:04    95:22    42:25
   11  Erin Majers                  BAOC    2:33:00   101:18    62:28
       Jeff Lanam                   BAOC      DNF                      
       Sarah Williams               BAOC      DSQ
Long Brown Course     (4.5 km, 305 m climb, 11 controls)  
                                                                 Time
   Pl  Name                         Club      Time    Behind     Lost
    1  Gary Carpenter               BAOC    1:18:52              3:05  
    2  Steve Haas                   BAOC    1:22:21     3:29     3:30
    3  Bryar Fancher            CHS NJROTC  1:40:21    21:29     5:59
    4  Evan Custer                  BAOC    1:43:51    24:59     4:44
    5  John Richardson              BAOC    1:45:00    26:08    12:32
    6  Janet Petersen               BAOC    1:52:58    34:06     4:46
    7  Chris Delp                   BAOC    1:55:34    36:42    13:19
    8  Olga Kraght                  BAOC    1:59:54    41:02    11:28
    9  Trinity Harvey           CHS NJROTC  2:00:14    41:22    19:09
   10  Johanna Merriss              BAOC    2:00:16    41:24    27:06
   11  Ashwin & Alex                None    2:12:14    53:22    28:00
   12  Trevor Pering                BAOC    2:18:28    59:36    16:09
   13  Stan Barrett, Liz Williams   BAOC    2:20:18    61:26    15:25
   14  Jason & Danny                None    2:50:17    91:25    24:04
   15  Judy & Tom Cronin            BAOC    3:05:06   106:14    25:25
       Anika Soulier            CHS NJROTC    DNF                       
Green Course          (5.4 km, 305 m climb, 21 controls)  
                                                                 Time
   Pl  Name                         Club      Time    Behind     Lost
    1  Tapio Karras                 BAOC    1:04:40              2:43  
    2  Jeffrey Kabel                BAOC    1:08:15     3:35     5:47
    3  Steve Gregg                  BAOC    1:08:33     3:53     2:59
    4  Derek Maclean                BAOC    1:12:16     7:36     5:14
    5  Michael O'Kelly              BAOC    1:26:35    21:55    10:04
    6  Hayden Hold              CHS NJROTC  1:38:20    33:40    13:22
    7  Vin Noah                     BAOC    1:41:33    36:53    19:00
    8  Vicki Woolworth              NAVX    1:41:51    37:11     7:09
    9  Scott Sampson                BAOC    1:56:20    51:40    22:59
   10  Reka & Matt                  BAOC    2:06:52    62:12    17:40
   11  Russell Green                BAOC    2:07:32    62:52    20:16
   12  Daniel Ingram            CHS NJROTC  2:21:21    76:41    34:14
       Nathaniel Ingram         CHS NJROTC    DNF                      
Red Course            (6.5 km, 390 m climb, 24 controls)  
                                                                 Time
   Pl  Name                         Club      Time    Behind     Lost
    1  Riley Dunn               CHS NJROTC  1:13:11              1:41  
    2  Nikolay Chukanov             BAOC    1:15:30     2:19     1:35
    3  Deron van Hoff               BAOC    1:29:34    16:23     6:15
    4  Mark Petersen                BAOC    1:30:28    17:17     4:23
    5  Takashi Sugiyama             BAOC    1:30:35    17:24     5:48
    6  Fyodor Konkov                BAOC    1:37:56    24:45     5:09
    7  Jared Deselms            CHS NJROTC  1:41:43    28:32    15:47
    8  Penny DeMoss                 BAOC    1:43:52    30:41     4:41
    9  Garrett Nussbaumer    Tulock NJROTC  1:48:08    34:57    10:49
   10  Kyle Navarro             CHS NJROTC  1:57:08    43:57    11:17
   11  Theo Verhoeven               BAOC    1:57:27    44:16    11:06
   12  Damian Swift                 BAOC    1:58:12    45:01     9:41
Blue Course           (7.6 km, 430 m climb, 26 controls)  
                                                                 Time
   Pl  Name                         Club      Time    Behind     Lost
    1  Anthony Riley                DVOA    1:05:53              1:42  
    2  Wyatt Riley                  DVOA    1:12:02     6:09     0:00
    3  Daniel Šebo                  BAOC    1:22:31    16:38     6:02
    4  Rex Winterbottom             BAOC    1:37:09    31:16     7:16
    5  Matej Šebo                   BAOC    1:44:27    38:34    12:06
    6  Eduard Nasybulin             BAOC    1:45:29    39:36    17:59
    7  John Crowther                RMOC    1:57:15    51:22     8:59
    8  Greg Favor                   BAOC    2:04:30    58:37    12:02
    9  Peter Hsia                   BAOC    2:10:33    64:40    19:26
       Joe Maffei                   BAOC      DNF                      
       Jeff Goodwin, Chris Laster   BAOC      DSQ

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DNF = Did not finish (missed one or more controls)
DSQ = Disqualified (violated a rule)
MSP = Mispunched (one or more controls wrong)