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Bayfront

Date: (Sun.) Jul. 30, 2006
Location: Menlo Park, CA
Event Director: - 650.321.9713
Course Setter: Brad Wetmore
Type: C; White, Yellow, Motala (1-3 loops), Fog-O, and Trail-O courses

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Event Write-Up

By Nick Corsano, Event Director

The blistering heat wave of the previous week had dissipated, and nearly ideal conditons greeted about 156 orienteers (and a similar number of Canada geese) who spent the day criss-crossing little Bayfront Park. Brad Wetmore's White, Yellow, and three-loop Motala explored every nook and cranny of the park, while my Trail-O made a serene circuit of the periphery.

On White, Kevin Fehlmann and Heather Zischka finished first by nearly five minutes, and then did the entire three-loop Motala as a second course. Karla Smith and her young daughters Jenna and Rachel finished second. On Yellow, Lisa Knowles had the fastest time at the head of a group of four teams separated by a total of 29 seconds. Alex Solomatnikov took second.

The Motala consisted of three short loops, and allowed competitors to decide at the end of each loop whether to go on or not. The first two loops used a map with all roads and trails removed. Joe Scarborough took first among those who did the one-loop version as their first course. Beth Dixon was the first woman. Among two-loop runners, Dennis Wildfogel ran to a convincing win. Jennifer Kerr was top woman.

The third loop was a "Fog-O". The whole map was gray, except for small patches surrounding the control circles, forcing runners to play by intuition or sense of smell (or maybe bearings and pace counts). Still, that didn't slow down many of the club's top runners very much. Mikkel Conradi finished first, with Mattias Eriksson second and Francois Leonard third. Janet Stein and Phillip Hoare were the top mixed team, just ahead of the first solo female, Margaret Longstreth.

Trail Orienteering is designed to challenge the orienteer's map reading skill and powers of observation, not speed and stamina. With eleven controls (including a final timed control), scores were quite good. Joe Maffei is the champion, with ten correct answers, while nine people scored nine right. In that group, Mattias Eriksson matched his second place in the Motala by solving the timed control in an amazing five seconds. Bob Cooley was almost as quick, taking nine seconds and finishing third.

Volunteer Thanks

Brad and I want to thank all the people whose efforts made for a smooth-running and successful event. Chuck Spalding arranged the permit; Bob Cooley printed the maps; Donna Leaf printed and laminated the cool Trail-O placards; Mark Rice and Jim Waite helped with setup; Jean and Ev Beuerman and Esther Heller handled registration; Bill Straka, Jeff Lanam and Meg Gerstner gave a bunch of beginners clinics; Jeanne Chisholm, Steve McElfresh, Eric Ramberg, Anna Brunzell, Peter Graham and Russell Neilson staffed the start; Meg Gerstner, Matthias Kohler and Alan Houser ran the finish/map exchange stations; Megan Madsen hosted the Trail-O timed control; Trinka Gillis and Jim Fish worked e-punch; Jim Fish and the start/finish crews took down and packed up; Mike Fleishman, Theo Verhoeven and Mattias Eriksson (along with Brad) collected the 86 control bags plus e-punch units, water and cups, stakes, viewing stations and punches. A final thank-you goes to Bayfront head ranger Gary Smith for always being helpful and cooperative, even opening the park gate an hour early for the two of us!


Results

Bayfront Park

Menlo Park, CA
Sunday, July 30, 2006



  Pl  Name                                      Time


White Course    (2.2 km, 57 m climb, 12 controls)

   1  Kevin Fehlmann, Heather Zischka           19:01
   2  Jenna, Rachel, Karla Smith                23:56
   3  Michael & Katy Robinson                   26:14
   4  Mike & Kathy Wiersch                      26:48
   5  Nolan, Langley, Mike, & Galen Topper      35:33
   6  Sylvie, Patrick, Andrew, & Joanne Gersh   38:09
   7  Don Conkling, Rick Schmidt                39:41
   8  Liam, Janet, & Ben Goudge                 40:10
   9  Debra Bleemer, Nora Valdez                42:47
  10  Jennifer Le, Vicki Knapp                  46:01
  11  Julia Doubson                             51:40
  12  Russell, Jason, Luke, & Connie Green      54:07
  13  Hazard family                             56:00
  14  Tiffany Su                                57:46
  15  Cub Scouts Pack 97                      1:16:20


Yellow Course   (2.8 km, 54 m climb, 14 controls)

   1  Lisa Knowles                              30:22
   2  Alex Solomatnikov                         30:29
   3  Brown adults                              30:50
   4  Brown kids                                30:51
   5  Jen Grafe, Kim Trahan, Ed Wirth           35:44
   6  Nugent family                             37:04
   7  Paul Neyman                               37:43
   8  Linda Pon, Francis Tran, Cara Levin       38:52
   9  Naomi Kuwabara, Mariko Soto               39:59
  10  Michael Stahl, Heather Davidson           42:28
  11  Eglute Martisiute                         42:53
  12  Scott Moore                               43:52
  13  Hanh Nguyen, Aubrey Perry, Mark Brosauer  46:05
  14  Larry Miller, Dave Bim-Merle              50:01
  15  Carl Reisinger                            56:12
  16  Kevin Walker                              56:28
  17  Pham, Nguyen, Lim, Hippensteal, Jou       58:28
  18  Mark & Casey Cabrales                     59:59
  19  Jane Narcus, Marty & Josh Katz,
        Dave Cypert                           1:01:23
  20  Debbie Wetmore                          1:01:58
  21  Dox Doxiadis                            1:09:38
  22  David Chang                             1:10:57
  23  Natasha Doubson, Masha Konkov           1:20:07
  24  Joey, Sara, Lisa, & Russ Catania        1:24:15

  Second Course
  
      Jon Hazard                                29:34
      Michael & Katy Robinson                   38:05
      Jenna, Rachel, Karla Smith                40:00
      Rick Schmidt, Don Conkling                49:04
      Nolan, Langley, Mike, & Galen Topper    1:15:21


Motola Courses

 One-Loop Motola   (2.9 km, 40 m climb, 10 controls)

   1  Joe Scarborough                           30:40
   2  Beth Dixon                                45:56

  Second Course
  
      Brandon Nugent                            26:28
      Brown family                              40:02
      Scott Moore                               55:22


 Two-Loop Motola   (5.5 km, 94 m climb, 19 controls)

   1  Dennis Wildfogel                          36:57
   2  Jason Hogan                               53:19
   3  Jennifer Kerr                           1:03:50
   4  Mark Rice                               1:12:20
   5  Jeff Lanam                              1:20:06
   6  Jim Fish                                1:22:46
   7  Joan Roos                               1:41:34
   8  Jonathan Seder, Lauren Witcoff          1:57:59


 Three-Loop Motola  (7.9 km, 144 m climb, 29 controls)

   1  Mikkel Conradi                            48:33
   2  Mattias Eriksson                          49:05
   3  Francois Leonard                          49:58
   4  Rex Winterbottom                          53:36
   5  Peter Graham                              53:57
   6  Andrejus Masalkovas                       54:26
   7  Tapio Karras                              54:43
   8  Mattias Kohler                            54:48
   9  Scott Porter                            1:01:18
  10  Kent Ohlund                             1:02:45
  11  Greg Khanlarov                          1:03:29
  12  Theo Verhoeven                          1:07:39
  13  Bob Cooley                              1:10:39
  14  Manfred Kopisch                         1:15:49
  15  Mutsumi Sugizaki                        1:15:51
  16  Bob Strauss                             1:20:16
  17  Bjorn Widerstrom                        1:22:18
  18  Thomas Thomas                           1:23:09
  19  Joe Maffei                              1:28:45
  20  Paul Sangiorgo                          1:34:12
  21  Terry Gleason                           1:39:29
  22  Janet Stein, Phillip Hoare              1:42:40
  23  Margaret Longstreth                     1:48:29
  24  William Straka                          1:49:25
  25  Alan Houser                             1:52:55
  26  Marina Keating                          1:53:37
  27  Cecil Conkle                            2:11:05
  28  Barbara Straka                          2:32:01
  29  Paul, Sante, & Yasmine Kotturi          2:42:00

      Jason Gresh                               DNF
      Russell Neilson                           DNF
      Jim Waite                                 DNF
      Jen Ratay                                 DNF

  Second Course
  
      Kevin Fehlmann, Heather Zischka         1:53:07


Fog-O Course   (2.4 km, 50 m climb, 9 controls)

   1  Tom, Judy, & Zoey Cronin                  57:51

  Second Course
  
      Beth Dixon                                DNF


Trail-O Course  (3.0 km, 15 m climb, 11 controls)

                           Controls   Timed
  Pl  Name                 Correct    (sec)

   1  Joe Maffei              10        19
   2  Mattias Eriksson         9         5
   3  Bob Cooley               9         9
   4  Jeff Lanam               9        13
   5  Bill Straka              9        15
   6  Theo Verhoeven           9        21
   -  Bjorn Wiederstrom        9        21
   8  Jennifer Kerr            9        27
   9  Anna Brunzell            9        31
  10  Cecil Conkle             9        44
  11  Mike Fleishman           8        11
  12  Jim Fish                 8        13
  13  Tom Thomas               7        12
  14  Judy Koehler             6        24
  15  Angela Strauss           5        39
  16  Marina Keating           4        17
  17  Dick Koehler             2        36

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