Date: (Sun.) Apr. 29, 2007
Location: Palo Alto, CA
Event Director: - 650.321.6216
Course Setter: Matthias Kohler
Type: C; White, Yellow, Orange, and Sprint courses
Only about 100 people came to Stanford for orienteering on a pleasant Spring day. That's less than half the number at recent year's events, with participation on the White course down about 80%! What happened? Who can know? Perhaps our attendance was down because Stanford wouldn't let us have our event the same day as their annual Community Day event. Or perhaps it was because the permit was uncertain up to a few days before the event, so people made other plans. In any case, we should try to eliminate those complications in future years.
As is usual at Stanford, the White course was a bit more challenging than normal, requiring careful navigation through a maze of buildings, roads, and paths on the campus. However, all six entries completed the course successfully, with Galena Karpelevich finishing first in a quick 21:00; more than 6 minutes ahead of the group of Little Patrick, Big Patrick, Sophia, Anna, and Nick at 27:40.
Participation on the Yellow course was down "only" 60% from previous years. That course was a nice step up in difficulty and distance from the White course. Yellow had more complicated route finding, more controls, and longer legs. The course was won by experienced club member Gary Kraght with a swift 26:02, well ahead of Rod & Kristina Sinks in second at 35:58.
The Orange course was another nice step up from the Yellow course, with more controls, longer legs, and even more complicated route finding. Four of the top five times were recorded by guys who had previously run the Sprint course (it must be nice to have that speed and stamina!). However, since the two courses shared four controls, those guys earned only bragging rights, and the official first-place finisher was longtime club member Tony Pinkham at 37:20. Chris Broekhoff (who might be fairly new to orienteering) finished second at 41:59 (ahead of several longtime club members).
The Sprint course provided an opportunity for people to stretch their legs, and they did! The top two finishers, Ben Legg and Syd Reader, had identical times. (Ben is listed first in the results because he didn't have Syd's "home-field" advantage. However, Syd was the first starter, with nobody to chase, and Ben was catching Tapio Karras throughout the course, so perhaps Syd deserves top bragging rights.) Third-place finisher Rex Winterbottom was only one second slower! The fourth- and fifth-place finishers were only 18 and 20 seconds behind Rex, so the top five finishers were separated by only 21 seconds. In addition, there were other very close finishes throughout the field. We should have used E-Punch!* The women's race within the race had Stephanie Maclean finishing first, several minutes ahead of Tatiana Fedyk.
As always, the event couldn't have been held without the efforts of many people—before and at the event. Peter Graham and Russell Neilson ran the gauntlet of Stanford bureaucracy to get the permit, with support by Brad Wetmore. Matthias Kohler did an excellent job of designing the courses, all the more notable considering this was his first time setting courses not on snow. Matthias also recorded map corrections and prepared the maps and courses for printing, and set most of the controls (in the morning of the event). As usual, many thanks go to Bob Cooley for his invaluable help with the maps—in addition to printing all the maps (and we asked for a lot of them, because of the anticipated crowd), Bob also entered Matthias' corrections.
Jim Fish was very helpful throughout the morning, eagerly jumping in when a need arose. The ever-present registration team of Ev & Jean Beuerman did their usual wonderful job. Beginners clinics were given by Dan Greene and Jim Fish. Starts were handled by Meg Gerstner, Russell Neilson, Tony Pinkham, and Jim Fish (he was everywhere!). Russell Neilson, Leslie & George Minarik, and Gary Kraght computed the results. Last but not least, Tapio Karras kindly stayed until the end to help Matthias and me pick up the controls.
Thanks to all those folks, and to anyone who I've inadvertently overlooked. _______________
* Just kidding. We didn't use E-punch because of the risk of having units go missing. Yes, I know we've used E-punch at that other university across the bay, but that campus doesn't have any people around on the weekend. ;-)
Stanford University Palo Alto, CA Sunday, April 29, 2007 Pl Name(s) Time White Course (2.1 km, 20 m climb, 10 controls) (19 people) 1 Galena Karpelevich 21:00 2 Little Patrick, Big Patrick, Sophia, Anna, Nick 27:40 3 Jeremy Kirshner 31:00 4 John, Wendy, Ryan, & Claire Tseng 44:36 5 Bella Swan, Chara Tang 51:20 6 Larry, Crystal, Thomas, Megan, & Rachel Steinke, Tyler Mayer 58:56 Yellow Course (3.5 km, 30 m climb, 13 controls) (33 people) 1 Gary Kraght 26:02 2 Rod & Kristina Sinks 35:58 3 Eric, Kathryn, Anna, & Neil Verwillows, Noah Hornik 38:30 4 Zahir Kureshi, Max Friday 40:12 5 Gray Chang 44:34 6 Carmel Karmin 46:34 7 Troop 888: Flaming Arrow B 1:04:51 8 Fred & Marcia Ciaramaglia 1:05:14 9 Craig Pierce 1:14:54 10 Dox & Sarah Doxiadis 1:18:24 11 Mark, Judy, Rowen, Karen, & Susannah Zellers 2:27:05 12 Troop 888: Flaming Arrow A 2:52:22 Troop 888: White Wolves B DNF (Missed #13, 1:01:07) Callie & Quincy Rosenzweig DNF Troop 888: White Wolves A DNF (Lost card) Orange Course (5.3 km, 25 m climb, 15 controls) (44 people) 1 Tony Pinkham 37:20 2 Chris Broekhoff 41:59 3 Eric Rosenzweig 43:34 4 Evan Custer 44:12 5 Frank Markowitz 45:07 6 Ramana Yerneni 47:32 7 Patty Clemo 50:15 8 Nick Corsano 50:36 9 Brian Hart, Michelle Gong 50:44 10 Scott Aster 53:05 11 Valeria & Yurii Fedyk 53:46 12 Alex & Marina Solomatnikov 54:59 13 Ann Gaudard, Jason Weeby 55:33 14 Leslie Minarik 56:13 15 Oleg Shakhnovsky 58:11 16 Brian Kirshner 58:32 17 Jim Fish 1:01:40 18 Neal Lischner 1:04:10 19 Alak Ghosh 1:06:08 20 Moose Patrol: Kevin Hu, Jeffrey Wang, Justin Wang 1:06:25 21 Meg Gerstner 1:17:39 22 John Marold 1:25:07 23 Judy Koehler 1:29:42 24 Brandon & Amelia Nugent 1:31:31 25 Fred & Donna Munic 1:33:08 26 Shura Krechetov, Lena, & Mila 1:39:00 27 Eileen Everett 2:14:34 Colleen Denaro MSP (Wrong #9) Harold Lischner DNF (Lost card) Second Course Mark Prior 30:40 Rex Winterbottom 30:54 Mikkel Conradi 31:19 Steve Gregg 37:55 Bob Cooley 44:26 Sprint Course (3.3 km, 25 m climb, 13 controls) (28 people) 1 Ben Legg 18:46 1 Syd Reader 18:46 3 Rex Winterbottom 18:47 4 Mark Prior 19:05 5 Mikkel Conradi 19:07 6 Steve Gregg 20:39 7 Tapio Karras 20:44 8 Dennis Wildfogel 21:06 9 Russell Neilson 22:14 10 Derek Maclean 22:21 11 Greg Khanlarov 22:22 12 Robin Gustafsson 22:49 13 Ido Green 23:05 14 Oren Rigbi 23:24 15 Andrejus Masalkovas 24:10 16 George Minarik 24:37 17 Kent Ohlund 24:55 18 Dan Greene 26:16 19 Jason Hogan 28:51 20 Stephanie Maclean 32:16 (1st female) 21 Shura Krechetov 32:17 22 Bob Cooley 32:47 23 Tatiana Fedyk 41:06 (2nd female) 24 Jeff Lanam 43:02 25 Anja Kahanpaa 43:19 (3rd female) 26 Steve Beuerman 43:28 27 Gavin Wyatt-Mair 45:10 28 Julia Doubson 59:16 (4th female) _______________