Date: (Sat.) Mar. 12, 2005
Location: Woodside, CA
Event Directors: - 650.851.5688, - 650.365.4275
Course Setters: Mike Fleishman, Nancy Lindeman, Brian Kirshner
Type: C; "Come and Try It" event -- White, Yellow, & Score-O courses
By Mike Fleishman
Although the day was a bit on the foggy side, there was a strong turnout at Huddart Park for this Saturday meet. About 150 participants showed up, and half of the total ran the White course. Most were orienteering for the first time. The balance of the participants ran a Western Massachusetts Rules Score-O. Twenty-two controls were set throughout the park, and runners had the choice of punching any 6, 10, 15, or 20 controls. Because of the restrictions of the park, all the controls were on trails. While technical difficulty was lacking, there was enough elevation change to provide a good workout. Thanks to Nancy Lindeman and Brian Kirshner who did most of the work to make this event a reality.
Brian Kirshner set the control locations and prepared the map, with some technical assistance from Dan Green and Eric Bone (who also vetted the course), and printing by Bob Cooley. Based on the response from runners, the layout was a success. Special thanks to Chuck Spalding who assisted the meet directors and Brian Kirshner in setting out controls (see below).
To get the newcomers off to a good start, Jim Fish, Brian Kirshner, and Nancy Lindeman (also Co-Meet Director) did an outstanding job of providing orientations and encouragement. Meanwhile Peter Graham, Shirley Pierce, and Jeff Lanam did a great job of sorting out the groups, getting them to fill out their forms properly, and sending them off to a good start. At the finish line, the results were recorded by Alex Saltman, Derek & Rory Maclean, and Chad Davis. Once again, Everett and Jean Beuerman did a wonderful job of greeting and registering the eager participants. We also had plenty of help picking up controls from Jake Niebaum, Scott Aster, Mutsumi Sugizaki, and Russell Neilson. Last but not least, Carla Hedger was helpful in organization of the meet. Thanks to everyone for a great effort.
The White Course was run by 27 teams and individuals. The winners were the pair of Jimmy Chung and Brandon Nguyen who finished in a time of 25:40. Congratulations to Jimmy and Brandon, two 13 year olds, who seem to be doing very well at orienteering. Not far behind was Viktoria Batanova who finished the course in 26:12. The team of Chris Cobey and Michael Slaise finished third with a time of 26:34.
The Score-O sprint version (six controls) was won by Chelsea Waite in a time of 35:53. This is a very promising performance by an up and coming 16 year old. The team of Bill Strauss and Vitya Aikens were second in 43:48, followed by Irena Zaks at 44:50. The next level (10 controls) was won by Vladislav Skortsov in a time of 60:51. Scott Aster was second at 69:56, and Yulia Yukina was third at 81:52. Actually, Chuck Spalding had the best time for ten controls at 58:00, but since he helped to set the controls he was running in an unofficial capacity and doesn’t get the big trophy. Much thanks to Chuck for his assistance in getting this meet set up.
Over thirty runners opted for the two longer versions of the Score-O. The winner of the 15-control group was Brad Wetmore who finished in 68:53. He was followed by Mark Prior who finished in 71:22. Jim Waite was third, in 75:00, but gets extra credit for punching 16 controls. Among the most ambitious group that punched 20 of the 22 controls, there were eight runners who finished in 80 to 90 minutes. The winner was Rex Winterbottom in 81:00 minutes, followed closely by Michael Prindiville with a time of 81:40. Mattias Eriksson was fourth in 84:37 minutes. Anyone who has bothered to read this far may also be interested to know that the most popular control to skip was #22, chosen by eight of the sixteen finishers (two punched all 22 controls). Other controls skipped by more than one runner were #7 (six runners), #9 (five runners), and #10 (four runners).
Huddart Park Woodside, CA Saturday, March 12, 2005 Pl Name(s) Time White Course (1.5 km, 70 m climb, 8 controls) 1 Jimmy Chung, Brandon Nguyen 25:40 2 Viktoria Batanova 26:12 3 Chris Cobey, Michael Slaise 26:34 4 Jeff & Alex Riley, Marsi O'Malley-Riley 29:07 5 Danielle & Adam Strauss 30:24 6 Sonal & Manoj Thanki 33:05 7 David, Susan, Andrew, Emma, & Matthew Kotila 35:08 8 Marianne C. Moore 37:01 9 David Galbreath, Chris Amanda 37:25 9 Tim Gravier 37:25 11 Karin, Marlin, & Erika Segal 38:46 12 Linda Franklyn 38:48 13 Linda & Ron 39:21 14 Carla Hedger 48:00 15 Dan, Keith, & Jennifer Veditz 51:49 16 Karen Busch, Tiana Johnson 54:24 17 Torrance & Quan families 56:30 18 Scott, Kris, Ben, & Owen Peterson 56:55 19 Kim Freitas, Lisa, Kyra, & Sierra Sheeper, Langley Topper 57:23 20 Ronen Brafman 57:33 21 Walkin Leu 63:36 22 Todd & Pam Morgenfeld, Marc & Liza Loinaz 67:00 23 David & Dominic Fabian 67:48 24 Jeremy Kirshner, Matthew Sidell 68:03 25 Girl Scout Troop 259: Bill Choate, Jodi & Joleen Croce, Megan Averill, Lauren Castle, Michelle Nolan, Samantha Reynolds, & Stephanie Navarro 68:40 25 Cari Munic, Marina Bond 72:22 26 Jeff, Ryan, & Sarah 75:08 Avery, Tim, Taylor, & Timothy Swihart DNF (Missed #2, 48:10) Score-O, 6-Control Category 1 Chelsea Waite 35:53 2 Bill Strauss, Vitya Aikens 43:48 3 Irena Zaks 44:50 4 Shirley Pierce 50:40 5 Karin, Marlin, Erika Segal 52:18 6 Austin, Emma Shetan, Cathy, & Grant 70:41 7 Josephine McAllister 82:16 (Punched 7) 8 Tiana Johnson, Karen Busch, Michael Slaide, Chris Cobey 90:00 (2nd course) 9 Elise Willett, Susan Lindeman 107:05 10 T Ann Trautwein, Angelina Thompson 112:02 11 Jeff & Alex Riley, Marsi O'Malley-Riley 117:55 (Punched 8) (2nd course) 12 Frank & Hongying Markowitz 120:52 (Punched 9) 13 Sonai & Manoj Thanki 123:13 14 Laura Slattery, Suzanne Gamble 161:00 Diane Hall DNF (Punched 3) Twiggs Family DNF (Punched 2) Score-O, 10-Control Category 1 Vladislav Skvortsov 60:51 2 Scott Astor 69:56 3 Yulia Yukina 81:52 4 Marsha Jacobs 85:54 5 Beth Dixon 87:19 6 Johanna Merriss 89:16 7 Mieke Bloomfield 101:02 8 Jeff Lanam 124:50 9 Joann Thiela, David Caeiro 127:11 10 Tom Slone 130:26 11 Niv, Guy, & Ron Davidson 159:58 (Punched 11) 12 Laura Wiggs 191:24 (Punched 14) Chuck Spalding 58:00 (Unofficial) Score-O, 15-Control Category 1 Brad Wetmore 68:53 2 Mark Prior 71:22 3 Jim Waite 75:00 (Punched 16) 4 Liam McAllister 80:45 5 Alex Saltman 86:14 6 Werner Haag 92:23 7 Joe Maffei 98:06 8 Andrew Barrows 98:12 9 Chad Davis 104:15 10 Gregory Khanlarov 106:36 11 Marina Keating 122:14 12 John Wallace 161:54 (Punched 17) 13 Jim Fish 205:27 Score-O, 20-Control Category 1 Rex Winterbottom 81:00 2 Michael Prindiville 81:40 3 Mattias Eriksson 84:37 4 Jake Niebaum 87:08 5 Joe Eandi 87:47 6 Mattias Vangbo 88:51 7 Steve Guess 89:24 8 Syd Reader 89:35 9 Mutsumi Sugizaki 106:13 10 Mark Manning 106:33 11 Russell Neilson 112:36 12 Peter Graham 115:17 13 Phillip Hoare 134:09 14 Brian Ridgway, Hani Juha 136:33 15 Kristi Ridgway 149:41 (Punched 22) 16 Theo Verhoeven, Cuong Nguyen 182:35 (Punched 22) _______________ DNF = Did not finish (missed one or more controls)