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July 20, 2003
by Steve Haas, meet director

About 120 people came out to enjoy a low-key day of orienteering in one of our smaller but very easy-to-get-to parks. Right next to the Bay, the park has great views but very little shade. The lack of shade combined with a hot day caused a number of people who might have gone longer stopped after 1 or 2 loops of the 1, 2, 3-loop trail-less course because of the heat.

This meet featured a first-time course-setter (Jim Waite) and first-time meet director (me). Thanks to lots of pre-meet advice and hands-on assistance during the event from several veterans Ė Chuck Spalding, Dennis Wildfogel, and Bob Cooley Ė and some last-second volunteering when we didnít have quite enough workers, things went pretty smoothly.

Jim Waite, with lots of help from Johan Gorby, set white, yellow, and trail-less courses. Trail-less runners were allowed to choose among 1, 2, and 3 loops around the park, with a new map and new punch card for each loop. The trail-less maps left off the multiplicity of trails that criss-cross the park, making the navigation more challenging, and the 3-loop format made it possible to set a course that took an hour for the fastest finishers even in a park this small.

Multiple loops also made running the meet more challenging: (1) the multiple exchange and finish points required more volunteer helpers; (2) until we realized what was going on and adjusted for it, we couldnít tell who had stopped at the end of 1 or 2 loops, and who had taken off on additional loops; and (3) lots of extra pieces of paper to sort out and check afterwards to figure out times and make sure that everyone had visited all the controls correctly.

On the White course, Grant, Ian, and Harrison Oglesby finished first with a time of 25:27, about 5 minutes ahead of the second-place team of Alvin Kernan and Alex Long. On Yellow, Doug Felt took first in 34:30, 3 minutes ahead of Eric and Courtland Prestemon. With Yellow as his second course, Jim Morris ran just over 34 minutes on Yellow.

For the trail-less courses, Jeff and James Tait led the pack for the one loop runners in 32:55. Dennis Wildfogel finished first among those who chose to run two loops, with a time of 43:49. For the longest run of the day, the three loop trail-less, Matthias Kohler edged out Thorsten Graeve, 57:30 to 58:04, with Dan Greene five minutes further back. Matthias ran the first loop 34 seconds faster than Thorsten, and then finished with the same 34 second margin.

Volunteers are clearly the key to making this meet - and BAOC - successful. I donít know whether I should be more thankful to the people who agreed ahead of time to help, keeping me from panicking, or to those who realized that I hadnít lined up enough people in the 12:30-2:00 period and helped out on the spur of the moment. A big thanks to both!

Throughout the meet, following Chuckís advice, I noted on a piece of paper on a clipboard the names of all the people who were helping in various capacities. Unfortunately, now that Iím finally getting around to doing this write-up, I have no idea what happened to that piece of paper with the names. If I forget anyone, I apologize.

Coursesetting: Jim Waite, with lots of assistance from Johan Gorby
Advice to Jim and me: Dennis Wildfogel, Chuck Spalding
Maps: Bob Cooley
Registration: Chuck Spalding, Thorsten Graeve
Beginners Clinics: Dan Greene
Starts: Vicki Woolworth and her daughter, Chris List, Carolyn Bolger
Finishes and multi-loop exchanges: Brad Wetmore, Brad Johanson, Johan Gorby, Alan Houser
Results and miscellaneous: Marcia Jacobs
Control pickup: Johan Gorby, Christian Klingner, Anh Nguyen

Below are the results.

Results

  Pl  Name                                         Time

White Course    (1.9 km, 20 m climb, 9 controls)

   1  Grant, Ian, & Harrison Oglesby               25:27
   2  Alvin Kernan, Alex Long                      30:28
   3  Anh Nguyen                                   32:50
   4  Chantal & Paulien van Schooten               34:00
   5  Joanne Ledbetter                             34:44
   6  Jesse Jimenez                                35:00
   7  Jesse & Ying Zhou, Harrison & Christie
        Farnum, Casey & Mark Cabrales              36:50
   8  Deirdre, Brandon, & Dylan Lum;
        Tom & Kevin Avakumovitz                    37:30
   9  Rhonda Spencer                               44:10
  10  Jim Morris                                   47:50
  11  Allison Felt, Lillian Lee                    52:05
  12  Angela & Jordan Carmack, Kaitlyn Mohaesi,
        Esther Gamberutti                          52:50
  13  Dean Hodgins, Lili Cummins, Merlyn Alphonso  57:58

      Gary Wong                                No start time
      Anita, Scott, Ryan & Ethan England;
        Lisa & Evan Green; Andrew, David,
        Galen, & Cathy Bonwick                     DNF


Yellow Course   (2.5 km, 35 m climb, 12 controls)

   1  Doug Felt                                    34:30
   2  Eric & Courtland Prestemon                   37:21
   3  Zoldy, Noncy, Shone, & Jilione Saputra       40:28
   4  Nick Felt                                    41:25
   5  Bong MacDoran                                46:00
   6  Yerneni family                               47:53
   7  Galina Shakhnovsky                           48:30
   8  Kathy Devoy                                  55:20
   9  Dox & Sarah Doxiadis                         56:12
  10  Douglas, Will, & Susan Ryan                  56:20
  11  Marty & Joshua Katz                        1:04:50
  12  Molly & Bill McDermott                     1:16:22
  13  Jason, Jeanne, & Jarren Quan               2:16:45

      Chris Belisle                                MSP
      Jean Burkhead, Tami Lahl                     DNF   (skipped #3)
      Becky Wong                                   DNF

  Second Course

      Jim Morris                                   34:10
      Anh Nguyen                                   DNF


COURSES WITH TRAIL-LESS MAPS

                                     1 Loop   2 Loops   3 Loops

One Loop      (3.3 km, 50 m climb, 11 controls)

   1  Jeff & James Tait               32:55
   2  Marsha Jacobs                   36:10
   3  Mike Christensen,
        Kathy Tegtmeier               49:35
   4  Chris List                      53:08
   5  Dana Rubenstein, Alex Farell  1:23:15

  Second Course

      Alex Long, Alvin Kernan,
        Bong MacDoran                 51:16


Two Loops     (6.1 km, 100 m climb, 23 controls)

   1  Dennis Wildfogel                23:52     43:49
   2  Brad Wetmore                    24:12     54:59
   3  Gary Kraght                     26:53     57:27
   4  Johanna Merriss                 31:02     58:18
   5  Vicki Woolworth                 30:40   1:02:28
   6  Bob Strauss                     29:35   1:05:15
   7  Stephen Perez, Joe Knapp,
        Tyson Leistiko                41:33   1:16:24
   8  Trinka Gillis                   40:49   1:35:15
   9  Mixed Jerky                     47:26   1:36:25
  10  John Pagendorm                  45:55   1:40:20
  11  Cathy Bolger                    53:25   1:41:20
  12  Byron Hart-Arnett             1:05:30   2:04:29


Three loops   (8.5 km, 140 m climb, 33 controls)

   1  Matthias Kohler                 19:53     39:36     57:30
   2  Thorsten Graeve                 20:27     40:20     58:04
   3  Dan Greene                      23:10     43:59   1:03:39
   4  Bjorn Widerstrom                30:30   1:00:50   1:26:20
   5  Jeff & Robin Wefel,
        Brian Miller                  36:06   1:02:04   1:27:37
   6  Thiago Ghilardi                 35:43   1:03:04   1:40:10
   7  Brad Johanson                   36:55   1:11:49   1:42:28
   8  Oleg Shakhnovsky                38:00   1:11:44   1:43:55
   9  Philip Hoare                    39:00   1:19:44   1:51:26
  10  Christian Klingner              45:20   1:21:02   1:54:06
  11  Charlene Serrano, Kelly Wells   38:15   1:18:50   2:01:48
  12  Alan Houser                     47:35   1:30:08   2:11:17
  13  Terry Pratt                     53:15   1:40:10   2:23:34
  14  Joe Moore                       51:53   1:36:10   2:23:30
  15  Phillippe Tapon                 49:15   1:33:43   2:29:10
  16  Fred Ciaramaglia              1:04:00   2:04:20   2:54:45
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