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A scenic view at Annadel State Park

Dimond Park

Oakland
Feb. 11, 2001

by Dan Stoll-Hadayia, meet director

What a difference a week makes! Just seven days after record high temperatures were in place for the Royal Gorge Ski-O, a much grimmer weather outlook greeted the Dimond Park Street-O on Sunday, February 11. But despite the steady soakings that occurred both the day prior and the day following the event, a similarly forecast washout held off during the event - a fortunate thing when answers must be written down on paper! Though a brief, sudden hailstorm sent everyone scurrying for cover for a few minutes, several breaks of sunshine through the otherwise overcast skies brightened the spirits of the 46 participants. Below are the complete results.

The event was a score-O, with several unusual twists. The 22 controls were scattered across the map of Piedmont and the adjacent hills of Oakland, with point values from 2 to 6 assigned without the usual correlation to the control's difficulty. Several geographically themed trivia questions and a crossword puzzle were together worth 10 points, on top of the 90 that could be gained through visiting controls. Participants were allowed to go by foot or by bicycle at their own discretion, as noted in the results below. Leftover orienteering maps from the event director's trip to Scandinavia last summer were awarded as prizes to the top finishers in both the 60-minute and 120-minute categories.

While two long-time BAOC stalwarts, Wyatt Riley and Bruce Wolfe, took top honors in the 120-minute and 60-minute categories, many newcomers did very well also! Hopefully we'll see them all at many future BAOC events.

Trivia Questions and Answers

1. (2 pts) Sum of numbers of the interstate freeway and the state highway that border this map: 593.
2A. (2 pts) What are the top four cities in California, ranked by population within the city limits: Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco.
2B. (1 pt) What city is fifth?: Long Beach.
3. (1 pt) Two large bridges visible from control 42 when clear: Bay, Golden Gate.

Crossword (4 pts)

2A: For safety, the things you must watch out for while orienteering at the event today: cars
5A: The US Championships in November 2000 were held near the Delaware Water Gap in what state?: Pennsylvania
7A: Satellite-based navigation systems are generally not permitted in orienteering. What is the common acronym (abbreviation) for these systems?: GPS
1D: The sport we love: orienteering
2D: The magnetic needle we use: compass
3D: The Bay Area's high-tech Valley: Silicon
4D: The primary navigational tool used in our sport: map
6D: The US Championships in May 2001 will be held near Syracuse in what state?: New York

Results

60-minute category                          Control  Trivia  Penalty  Final
                                     Time     pts     pts      pts    score

 1  Bruce Wolfe (bike)              1:14:55    70      9      -15      64
 2  Lukas Gruendler (bike)            59:30    37      0        0      37
 3  Dan Greene                        58:44    34      0        0      34
 4  Heini Ilmarinen                 1:00:00    29      2        0      31
 5  Dwight Freund                   1:11:20    33      6      -12      27
 6  Steven & William Ritchie        1:05:10    20      9       -6      23
 7  Gavin Wyatt-Mair                1:04:30    19      7       -5      21
 8  Kelsey Wyatt-Mair               1:04:30    19      7       -5      21
 9  Thomas Oshimo                     54:48    18      2        0      20
10  Jim & Lee Ann Herriman            58:57    11      7        0      18
11  Sammy, Kevin & Sherry Murray    1:02:59    14      3       -3      14
12  Leena Ilmarinen                 1:14:20    29      0      -15      14
13  Geoff, Andrew & Al Theiss       1:13:58    23      4      -14      13


120-minute category                         Control  Trivia  Penalty  Final
                                     Time     pts     pts      pts    score

 1  Wyatt Riley                     2:04:08    90      9       -5      94
 2  John Basbagill                  1:59:59    84      1        0      85
 3  Vadimas Masalkovas              1:56:50    84      0        0      84
 4  Steve Gregg (1/2 by bike)       1:59:10    75      9        0      84
 5  Mark Blair                      1:59:55    68      9        0      77
 6  Rod Jaehn                       1:57:47    64      7        0      71
 7  Shawn Larsen (1/2 by bike)      2:10:10    79      1      -11      69
 8  Adrian Martin                   1:53:47    63      5        0      68
 9  Penny DeMoss                    1:32:59    59      7        0      66
10  Gerald Yip                      1:57:20    66      0        0      66
11  Andrejus Masalkovas             1:57:40    58      1        0      59
12  Eric Gordon                     1:59:45    58      1        0      59
13  Vivian Lee                      1:55:47    52      2        0      54
14  Scott Aster                     1:46:02    39      9        0      48
15  Shirley Parlan                  1:51:20    39      7        0      46
16  Doug & Melvin Donaldson         1:59:50    41      4        0      45
17  Eric Rosenzweig                 2:31:25    67      9      -32      44
18  Alan Harrington                 1:58:20    36      0        0      36
19  Air Force JROTC Msgt St. Martin 2:01:30    28      7       -2      33
10  Malcolm Wyatt-Mair              1:15:20    25      4        0      29
21  Nancy Gerber                    2:07:30    36      0       -8      28
22  Jen Schultz                     2:09:40    35      3      -10      28