A grey and misty morning greeted 92 white through blue entries as they entered the Miwok Meadows picnic area. Fortunately the Rain God took a break during the day, and the conditions for running an orienteering course was almost ideal: not too hot, not too cold. Below are the complete results.
Setting navigationally challenging courses at China Camp is not easy; there are relatively few good point features and lots of major and minor trails; however the hills are nice and steep, and with lots of reentrants. In planning the advanced courses some route choice legs were attempted, and according to the discussions afterwards some success was apparently achieved.
The orange course was, however, too difficult; Bill took the advice from Arild to include a couple of controls from the advanced courses, which turned out to be unfortunate. The problem with orange is that it is a big step up from yellow and successful yellow runners may be tempted to "move up" too soon. Evan Custer said he spent about 6 months on yellow before moving up, and this is good advice. No major complaints were made on any of the courses, no controls were misplaced, therefore the course setters were pleased. It was Bill's first attempt at setting courses, and I (Arild) think he did a fine job.
This was also a meet were the course setters had excellent help. All the volunteers that were contacted prior to the meet were more than willing to help. Scott Aster and Gary Kraght ran the separate starts very smoothly, Evan Custer basically ran the finish all by himself, George and Leslie Minarik taught the beginners' clinic, Tom and Sandy Guldman and Denny and Kitty Lenhart were in charge of registration, and Harold and Penny Demoss picked up most of the controls (another picker-upper also helped but I forgot to get his name, my apology). Werner Haag set the Start-O course, which was run by Dox Iadis and Sarah Edwards.
The White course's top finisher was Nolan Ferro, closely followed by Jessica Douglas, Karen Smith, and Celeste Langstaff. Stephanie Maclean won the yellow course just ahead of Tom & Sandy Guldman. John Pagendarm won the difficult orange course with Sharon Evans just behind. Oleg Shakhnovsky was way ahead on the brown course. George Minarik had an excellent run on green (it helps to run the beginners' clinic!) way ahead of Joe Scarborough. Tapio Karras convincingly won the red course, and our Japanese friend Michihiro Kamijima did the same on blue.
Finally we would like to emphasize that if you intend to take full advantage of the 3 hours time limit on any course, please show up and start before 11 AM. Do not show up after 12 noon and then complain that controls were removed from 2 PM onwards.
Start-O With Help Will Laurie 8:00 Skylar 13:00 Helen Meyer 5:05 David Kopisch 19:07 No Help Jessica Douglas 2:32 Cynthia Chun, Ally Meyer 6:12 Sondra Brose 7:00 Will Gotshall, Maxam, Colin Wikman 7:30 Kathleen Colby, Courtney Klink 4:22 Nick Schaffer 5:00 White 1. Nolan Ferro 36:36 2. Jessica Douglas 38:56 3. Karen Smith 38:57 4. Celeste Langstaff 39:11 5. Laurie, Will Harder 41:51 6. Allyn Jackie, Nick Schaffer 42:52 7. Dao Lee 45:26 8. Pat, Jim Bohannan 45:51 9. Ken Bullis 48:28 10. Chang, Meyer, Gose, Warmuth 53:59 11. Daniel Ohlund, Malcolm Milanov 53:59 12. Powers, Schaffer 55:09 13. Sky Collins 56:59 14. Pat Collins 56:59 15. Meyer, Klink, Colby 58:16 16. Gotshall, Bell 67:58 Ron, Kali Thomas DNF Jean Burkhall DNF Yellow 1. Stephanie Maclean 44:45 2. Tom, Sandy Guldman 46:10 3. Julie Wells 63:14 4. Kitty Lenhart 67:12 5. Shirley Parlan 74:10 6. Galina Shakhnovsky 75:39 7. Power, Stouffer, Owens 76:31 8. Judy Koehler 79:11 9. Celeste Langstaff 82:34 10. Troop 774 148:48 Jared Krogsrud DNF Kandi Scheckel/Jerry Andrade DNF Orange 1. John Pagendarm 87:50 2. Sharon Evans 89:42 3. Randy Thomas 98:22 4. Rick Boyer 110:43 5. Rosalie Rybka 124:08 6. Beth Dameron 156:10 7. Joan Roos, Kavia Bendles 163:55 8. Helen Fagerholm 169:15 Emma, Charlie, Adam, Whitney DNF Kevin Moogram DNF Jack Myers DNF Michelle Dick DNF (missed #1) Brown 1. Oleg Shakhnovsky 87:17 2. Dave Maclaino 104:15 3. Robert Lewis 107:45 4. Leslie Minarik 122:27 5. Vivian Lee 153:07 6. Nancy Lindemann 174:36 John Pagendarm 88:07 second course Rosemary Johnson DNF David Meredith DNF Green 1. George Minarik 68:37 2. Joe Scarborough 79:46 3. Manfred Kopisch 82:39 4. Joe Papendick 87:53 5. Rick Krogsrud 89:14 6. Greg Lee 103:50 7. Michael Poulsen 105:36 8. T. Gleason 134:56 9. Vic Revenko 136:30 10. Day, Harrington 137:09 11. Aileen Abernathy 151:16 12. Cheryl Madsen 167:07 13. Dwight Freund 191:34 Steve O'Keefe DNF Jeff Lanam DNF Red 1. Tapio Karras 69:48 2. Kent Ohlund 79:00 3. Dan Green 80:28 4. Bob Cooley 81:19 5. Werner Haag 82:40 6. Steve Smith 83:42 7. Mark Blair 97:21 8. Harold DeMoss 99:10 9. Kelly Wells 103:39 10. Trevor Pering 113:13 11. Hugh Wright 115:15 12. Peter Graube 128:54 Blue 1. Michihiro Kamijima 83:25 2. Dan Stoll 92:22 3. Syd Reader 96:33 4. Neal Barlow 99:04 5. Thorsten Graeve 101:31 6. Doug Stein 105:33 7. Ian Adamson 108:40 8. Steve Gregg 109:10 9. Gary Carpenter 114:22 10. Penny DeMoss 114:25 11. Mike Springer 123:04 12. Gavin Wyatt-Mair 124:49 13. Duncan Smith 175:43 Derek Maclean DNF Bob Anglin DNF