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Vasona Lake - Results

Date: Saturday, May 8, 2004
Location: Los Gatos, CA.
Event Director: - 408.285.5201
Course Setter: Jeff Lanam
Event Type: C; "Come and Try It" event: White & Yellow courses
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Writeup by Jeff Lanam

Nearly 200 people came to this small park in Los Gatos to try the trails and tracks of this tiny tract. Many were first-timers; we had several Scout troops, a YMCA group, and a large group from the John Muir Middle School. This is the second year this map has been used; the attendance at its debut last year was held down by the threat of rain. The weather was more obliging this year; you couldn't ask for better.

Around 172 people did the White course, plus some uncounted shadows. Matthew Yarik of Troop 57 raced around it in 17:52, just ahead of Vivek and Haresh Sunderam at 18:13. The course setter admits an error in putting a control next to the playground. Remarkably, it stayed where it was almost until the end of the day, when two groups from the Y had to track it down and bring it back to its proper place.

Window Course at Vasona Lake, 2004

Seventeen people tried the Window course (or at largest size, 157k). A map for Window Orienteering consists of small windows around the control areas-the rest of the map is blank. The purpose of this exercise is "to test distance estimation and relocation within the window." I left in the water fountains, for relocation and refreshment. Tapio Karras, who found the course "almost challenging", finished first in 15:49, just ahead of Werner Haag and Dennis Wilkinson. Dennis started orienteering at this year's Stanford meet and did advanced courses at Briones and Joe Grant. I think he's hooked.

I want to thank the people who responded to a cry from an panicked meet director. Esther Haller directed registration, with help from Sharon Evans and Terry Farrah. Marty Katz held down starts most of the day. Robert Lewis, Bill Straka, and Nick Corsano did clinics. Barbara Straka, Tapio, and Terry ran the finish. Most of those people did other things too. Zachi Baharav hung the controls. Audrie Faust secured the permit and Bob Cooley printed the maps. Thanks again to all of you.

Vasona Lake County Park
Los Gatos, CA
Saturday, May 8, 2004


Results


  Pl  Name                                               Time

White Course    (2.0 km, 30 m climb, 12 controls)  172 people

   1  Matthew Yarak, Nick Gaya, Christopher Tran,
        Jordan Bernstein, Alex Coblin, Nick Tran         17:52
   2  Vivek & Harish Sunderam                            18:13
   3  Mike, Mikey, & Kevin Szelong,
        Paul, Richie, & Steven Hansen                    19:20
   4  Sharon Evans                                       20:12
   5  James Vaughan                                      21:22
   6  Abby Lineberry, John & Vern Ladd, Andrew Iverson   22:37
   7  Charles & Jamie Branch, John & Tim Housler,
        Steve, Max, & Katie Adelman                      24:05
   8  Garrett Pitsenbarger                               24:44
   9  Sandra N, Carissa P, Brian L, Louise M, Ella C     24:57
  10  Max Neidhardt, Scott Alexander, Stuart Yee         25:06
  11  Thanh & Danh Nguyen, Michael Lam, Vincent Tran     25:09
  12  Tom & Danny Howland, Perry & Kyle Caro,
        Dave & Chris McCutcheon                          26:36
  13  Mas, Jenny, Kate & Kyle Mishimura                  26:55
  14  Steven Wilbourn, Geoff Dodson                      26:59
  15  Todd Greenbank, Taylor Heisey, Cody Graef,
        Samantha Niewoehner                              27:15
  16  Rehaan Jahanghir, Dmer Zach, Robert & Simon Fox    27:30
  17  Rob, Cailley, & Joe Biagini,
        Bob, Deepa, Namrata, & Akash Caveny              27:37
  18  Pete & Pavel Kleer                                 27:41
  19  Steve, Andrea, Danielle, & Nicholas Blonstein      27:42
  20  Peter & Olivia Vuong, Thai & Jeannie Pham,
        Thanh Ta                                         27:50
  21  John Hanley                                        27:55
  22  Courtland Prestemon                                28:02
  23  Yasmin Khan                                        28:30
  24  Jeremy, Jessica, & Brian Kirshner, Judy Thalherma  29:36
  25  Victor Alfaro                                      30:15
  26  Cory & Katie Fasbender, Chris & Helen Cassell      30:25
  27  Jeanne Brown, Yvonne Dutreaux                      30:36
  28  Karel Driesen, Els Von Rossen                      30:58
  29  Richard & Jon Miller, Eric & Clark Wilson          31:14
  30  Roberta & Mark Pitsenbarger                        31:48
  31  Hansen                                             32:15
  32  Karl & Kyle Gerner, Tom & Tyler Teile              32:52
  33  Ben Sklavoff, Clara Chang                          33:34
  34  Rajesh & Stella Kulkarni, Betty Paul               33:52
  35  Tim, Avery, Timothy, & Taylor Swihart              34:03
  36  Derek & Dorice Hu                                  34:49
  37  Ryan, Erin, & Phil Mast                            35:13
  38  Jimmy Chung                                        35:22
  39  Harry Hall                                         36:06
  40  Nick Tran                                          36:34
  41  Archie Stone                                       36:37
  42  Dennis, Melissa, & Molly Wilkinson                 37:08
  43  Blue Jean Bratz                                    37:27
  44  Randy & Zack Okamura, Peter & Matthew Shepard      38:24
  45  Brad & Lisa Melton                                 38:27
  46  Lili Cummins, Dean Hodgins                         38:30
  47  Avery R., Tanya R., Lauren B., Gabray C.,
        Megan C., Shari C.                               41:22
  48  Nathan & Mason Hu                                  41:59
  49  Jenny, Sage, Vince, Wendy                          43:39
  50  Joe & Reed Carter, Peter Economos                  44:34
  51  Johanna & Jukka Karras                             45:05
  52  Jeremy Talamantes, Ryan Wilson, Lauren Whitaker,
        Fana Yohannes, Kidanae Tesfaghiorghis            49:09
  53  Young family                                       50:57
  54  Esther & Nicholas Dareau                           52:29
  55  Srikar & Sritit Bonapally,
        Mitali & Sonali Shanbhag                         55:40
  56  Mukta Uday, Uday & Neel Kumar                      56:20
  56  Suhas, Anuja, Laxmi, & Sushil Panthau              56:20
  58  John Olson                                       1:07:18
  59  Lucy Li                                          1:16:44
  60  Emily & Jay Hann                                 1:34:32
  61  Thomas Nguyen, Paulina & Ngoc Tran, Nhung Le,
        Denny Pham                                     1:41:37

      Viresh, Anjali, & Vaishalie Amin                   DNF


Window Course   (2.4 km, 33 m climb, 9 controls)  18 people

   1  Tapio Karras                                       15:49
   2  Werner Haag                                        16:34
   3  Dennis Wilkinson                                   19:02
   4  Daniel Sakai                                       28:27
   5  Terry Farrah                                       31:55
   6  Shane Glynn                                        33:08
   7  Barbara Straka                                     39:07
   8  Yerneni family                                     43:15
   9  Bill Straka                                        46:47
  10  Joe Farwell, Nicole Murray                       1:45:17

      Marty Katz                                         DNF

  Second Course

      Victor Alfaro                                      34:28
      James Vaughan                                      41:42
      Yvonne Dutreaux, Jeanne Brown                      50:52
      John Hanley                                      1:03:24

      Archie Stone                                       DNF

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