I would like to start by thanking all the people who helped out: Renee Schaffer and all her Girl Scouts, who tackled the difficult task of registration and starts; Mike Catlin, who guided the starts and finishes and helped me clean up; Jennifer Kerr for the beginners' clinics. I urge all club members to volunteer to help at a meet in some way; you'll learn more about the sport and feel good about orienteering.
For the third year in a row, Mississippi Bar was blessed with abundant sunshine (never a guarantee in November). We registered 71 starts by 64 individuals and groups for a total of 138 participants. Check out the results.
The White course had a lot more climb than is typical for White, but I tried to take advantage of the trails along the ridge and give those doing White a chance at some great views from the ridge top. Ken and Pete Duisenberg hustled around the 1.4 kilometer course in 28:45, then moved up to Orange. Colette Lund and Tom Schatz were second in 34:07.
The Yellow course had a small problem in that the bags for controls 5 and 6 were reversed; that's what happens when you try to put out controls at the last second. Everybody received credit, whichever way they punched. Colette Lund and Tom Schatz took 36:09 for the 2.3 kilometers; a second and a first in one day! Sounds like these two are ready for a real challenge. David Link was next in 47.13.
The Orange course might have been the most challenging, with 11 controls. Most of the bags were not visible until you were within 1-2 meters of the feature. There was good competition at this level, with Tim Sardelich coming in at 62:44, Joe Link at 65:12 and Joe Ledesma at 69:35.
The Green and Red courses moved onto the main body of the map. The biggest confusion seemed to be that many runners were looking for the water that is indicated on the map, but does not exist after a dry summer. I did move one control due to excessive poison oak, but the only person to mention it was Dwight Freund. Excellent competition on Green, with BAOC's Dwight Freund taking honors in 103:57. Ron Gross was on Dwight's heels at 104:32.
The Red course was handled by BAOC's Steve Gregg in 85:22, with Bob Cooley at 94:22.
For a first-time effort at both course-setting and meet-directing, I think the result was pretty good. I learned a lot and hope everyone had a good time.
White 1.4km, 30m climb, 10 controls 1. Ken, Pete Duisenberg 28:45 2. Colette Lund, Tom Schatz 34:07 3. Paul Ely 34:37 4. Mike Hogg, Troop 121 35:36 5. John Jacobs, Terry Seth 42:44 6. Brandon, Patrick, Taylor Lapsys, Troop 94 49:50 7. Scott, Tom Merchant, James Stoker, James Anderson, Troop 121 52:35 8. Andrew Espinosa 53:00 9. Joshua, Tony Harrison 54:27 10. Michelle Guardado, Brook Perry 54:33 Hillary Straus 54:33 12. Jim Fullard et.al. 56:10 13. Kyle, Michah Black, Cory Wilson, Matt, Pete Filice, Troop 121 59:32 14. Katelyn Brown, Melissa Tirado, Laurel Astorino 59:52 15. Brian Honeyfield, Dominic Torrice, Allen Huddleston 83:51 16. Sarah Connelly, Jared Gibson, Lisa Herrera 105:30 Wychoff Family DNF Yellow 2.3km, 37m climb, 11 controls 1. Colete Lund, Tom Schatz 36:09 2. David Link 47:13 3. Andrew Espinosa 58:51 4. Dox Doxiadis, Sarah Edwards 59:26 5. Bob, Trish Landry 59:37 6. Edward Quartemont 62:50 7. Houlton Family 71:05 8. Luther Burbank, JROTC, Assassins 74:15 9. Jim, Tammy Fullard 74:41 10. Tom Olson, Troop 265 76:21 11. Luther Burbank, JROTC, Loonies 85:43 12. Timur Hilton 92:48 13. Luther Burbank, JROTC, Hoorah 92:50 14. Luther Burban,k JROTC, Alpha 102:37 15. Alex Widmann and Girl Scouts 104:46 16. Luther Burbank, JROTC, TGP 122:50 Laura Schaffer, Sarah Shaw DNF Orange 2.7km, 65m climb, 11 controls 1. Tim Sardelich 62:44 2. Joe Link 65:12 3. Joe Ledesma 69:35 4. Ken, Pete Duisenberg 71:33 5. Brian Michaels 76:20 6. Monica Sandkulla, Jeff Duesing 76:23 7. Jennifer Kerr 76:27 8. Jim, Charlene Michaels 77:35 9. Brian Donohue, Isabelle Gracia 81:51 10. Bob Landry 84:38 11. Rich Petersen 85:47 12. Judy Koehler 94:23 13. Tom Olson 104:02 14. Don Gee 110:06 15. Bob Bundy 112:52 16. Jonathan Gee 116:09 17. Ev, Jean Beuerman 116:37 Chris Crain DNF Green 4.75km, 67m, 16 controls 1. Dwight Freund 103:57 2. Ron Gross 104:32 3. Ellie Lightfoot 110:33 4. Steve Beuerman 114:07 5. Marsha Jacobs 122:09 6. Aileen Abernathy 141:22 7. Peter Rexer 155:37 8. Carol Chen 175:03 Gary Kraght DNF Mike Catlin DNF Jeff Lanam DNF Red 6km, 73m climb, 19 controls 1. Steve Gregg 85:02 2. Bob Cooley 94:22 3. Jerry Goss 111:30 4. Jenni Barclay 115:03 5. Jeff Thompson 115:25 6. Tod Flak 124:02 7. Kevin Casey 126:23 8. Stacy Robinson 133:19