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Lake Herman Recreation Area

Benicia Community Park

Date: (Sun.) Feb. 22, 2015
Location: Benicia, CA
Event Director: - 650.321.9713
Course Setter: Nick Corsano
Type: C; Regional event with four point-to-point courses; Junior Training event

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Event Write-Up

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Rolling green hills and brilliant blue skies greeted the 150 orienteers who ventured to Benicia for the inaugural event on BAOC's newest map. With generally open terrain, pleasant temperature, fairly soft ground, and modest climbs, conditions were favorable for very fast times, and the results showed that to be the case.

Greg Mandler won the White course. Teresa Jansson was in second place and the first female finisher. Greg, incidentally, proceeded to run Yellow, Orange, and Brown, and turned in good times on all of them. Leander Coolen was victorious on Yellow. For the most part, groups ran Yellow, with about 60 people altogether running this course. The team of Benjamin, Zi, and Matias had a solid win on Orange, with a time that compared well with BAOC advanced runners who did Orange as a second course.

On the Brown course, Ray Rosenbaum won over Tommy Ingulfsen in the closest results of the day, with a mere 70-second margin. Leslie Minarik was the first female on Brown.

With Green being the hardest course offered, it featured a strong and crowded field (36 entries). Erin Schirm ran a solid race to win by about two minutes over François Léonard. Francois had the fastest time on most legs, but lost enough time on the innocuous-looking control #10 to give up the lead. Bill Cusworth was third, and Tori Borish was the first female in fourth.

The herd of goats that has been grazing in the park for the past several weeks obviously decided they needed a better view of the competition, so in the very early hours of Sunday they marched about 700 meters down the hill and set themselves up by Green #11 and Brown #10, along with their (mildly electrified) fences. I had seen some new temporary fences in the area Saturday afternoon while setting controls, but had been informed on Friday that the goats would still be well away from the action. My apologies to anybody who encountered difficulty due to the surprise obstacles in this area.

Fitting for an event on Oscar Sunday, I have many people to thank. First is Emily Radtke, who two years ago, as a middle-school student, decided to make an orienteering map of her favorite local park for her Girl Scout Silver Award project. I got to be her project adviser, and I was impressed with the effort and skill she put into this. Right behind Emily is her mother, Betsy Radtke, who apparently knows everybody in Benicia and made the process of putting on this event easier at every step. Now for our other wonderful volunteers:

Finally, I want to thank Ann Dunleavy and Rick Knight of the City of Benicia for their support.

Lake Herman proved to be a pretty interesting and user-friendly venue, and I hope that somebody who doesn't need to cross two bridges and two area codes to reach it will continue BAOC's presence here.




Results

Lake Herman Recreation Area

Benicia, CA
Sunday, February 22, 2015

White Course   Yellow Course   Orange Course   Brown Course   Green Course

Also see control-by-control timing in the WinSplits results (http://www.obasen.nu/winsplits/online/en/show_event.asp?id=34882). Note, however, that the WinSplits for the Yellow course are not displayed correctly due to an unknown problem. The Yellow-course splits can be seen in this file (PDF/30KB), which contains the splits for all the courses (but not with the nice WinSplits features).

You can see the event map with the actual routes traveled by participants, and draw your own route for comparison, in RouteGadget. (Use of RouteGadget is explained here. RouteGadget for this event is here (http://baoc.org/gadget/cgi/reitti.cgi?act=map&id=355).) Interestingly, the Yellow splits seem to work perfectly for RouteGadget. You can also view them in Splitalyzer (http://baoc.org/gadget/cgi/reitti.cgi?act=splitalyzer&id=355).


White Course    (1.7 km, 50 m climb, 12 controls)
  Pl  Name(s) (Club)                    Time
   1  Greg Mandler                      16:03   
   2  Teresa Jansson (GCO)              18:44
   3  Natalie Pelayo                    20:46
   4  Kyle Weissberg, James Peck        20:53
   5  Linnea & Colin Lauffer            26:13
   6  MacGregor & Braden Killeen        28:24
   7  Andrew Killeen                    31:43
   8  Elizabeth Pelayo                  32:01
   9  Jean & Jumi Ikenaga, Hannah
        Versace, Emma Chastain          34:15
  10  Michael & Sean Robinson           39:18
  11  Barbara Fredericks              3:19:34


Yellow Course   (2.4 km, 90 m climb, 14 controls)
  Pl  Name(s)                           Time
   1  Leander Coolen                    22:56   
   2  Greg Mandler                      26:09  (2nd course)
   3  Jan Jergus                        32:19
   4  Nyko Bowen                        32:42
   5  Oscar Angel                       36:45
   6  Moises, Daniel, Chris, Becky,
        & Eva                           38:47
   7  B Ranch                           41:11
   8  Hunter Dean, Emily Radtke         43:30  (2nd run)
   9  Armstrong 2                       43:51
  10  Adriana & Martia Jergusova        47:17
  11  Amber & Carl C                    52:35
  12  Karpelevitch family               55:45
  13  Kai Rosenbaum, Vinny Iachella     55:49
  14  Neil Peterson                     56:13
  15  Troop 007, Benicia                57:09
  16  Alex & Philip Solomatnikov      1:01:07
  17  Mike & Ben Sendlakowski         1:02:27
  17  Yuriko Chiaki-Robb              1:02:27
  19  Hunter Dean, Emily Radtke       1:04:13
  20  Lindsay Rainer, Kiley Said      1:04:59
  21  Kolomensky family               1:06:08
  22  Kevin Walker                    1:10:01
  23  Zayne Said, Jean Yung           1:13:07
  24  Kieran, Oceana, & Angela Leja   1:40:55
  25  Sylvirotto                      1:44:21
  26  Armstrong 1                     1:51:47
      Andrew Mau                        DNF    (missed #3)   
      Cassandra Pelayo                  DNF    (missed #8 & #9)


Orange Course   (3.8 km, 135 m climb, 14 controls)
  Pl  Name(s) (Club)                    Time
   1  Graham Brew                       27:30  (2nd course)   
   2  Stephen Harrison                  28:43  (2nd course)
   3  Benjamin, Zi, & Matias            31:09
   4  Christine Brew                    31:14  (2nd course)
   5  Arnaud & Ryan                     41:39
   6  Heidi Cusworth (GCO)              46:54
   7  Nigel Killeen (Rand O Club)       57:45
   8  Moises, Daniel, Chris, Becky,
        & Eva                         1:00:47  (2nd course)
   9  Emma Jansson (GCO)              1:01:18
  10  Sara Wegner                     1:06:01
  11  Tim Erickson                    1:10:10
  12  Kazi & Diane                    1:13:29
  13  Troop 7 Benicia                 1:21:05
  14  Terry & Steve Englehart         1:26:51
  15  Fred Loebel                     1:30:45
  16  Greg Mandler                    1:34:42  (3rd course)
  17  Bea Ahbeck, Lisa James          1:34:58
  18  Judy Koehler                    2:08:48
      Nancy Flagg                       DNF   


Brown Course    (3.6 km, 85 m climb, 15 controls)
  Pl  Name(s)                           Time
   1  Ray Rosenbaum                     36:17   
   2  Tommy Ingulfsen                   37:27
   3  Gian Coolen                       42:32
   4  Evan Custer                       44:14
   5  Bryan Gaston                      46:14
   6  George Minarik                    48:44
   7  Leslie Minarik                    52:49
   8  Olga Kraght                       58:27
   9  Jeff Lanam                        59:49
  10  Greg Mandler                    1:01:27  (4th course)
  11  Katie Robinson                  1:09:01
  12  Tatiana Fedyk                   1:09:11
  13  Marsha Jacobs                   1:17:18
  14  Rosemary Johnson                1:41:54
  15  Team '88                        1:49:37
  16  Michelle Cheung, Jimmy Zhou,
        Jada Tam                      1:50:48
      Alan Glendinning                  DNF    (missed #8)   
      Jim & Priscilla Fish              DNF    (missed #8)


Green Course    (4.7 km, 160 m climb, 18 controls)
  Pl  Name(s) (Club)                    Time
   1  Erin Schirm                       28:50   
   2  François Léonard                  30:57
   3  Bill Cusworth (GCO)               31:37
   4  Tori Borish                       32:49
   5  Miguel Clark                      33:02
   6  Gavin Williams                    35:52
   7  Mats Jansson (GCO)                37:11
   8  Steve Gregg                       37:40
   9  Graham Brew                       39:16
  10  Stephen Harrison                  39:44
  11  Julia Doubson                     40:58
  12  Dennis Wildfogel                  43:34
  13  Cornelia Coolen                   45:38
  14  Penny DeMoss                      48:41
  15  Dan Greene                        48:48
  16  Ann Marie Cody                    49:08
  17  Gavin Wyatt-Mair                  49:14
  18  Greg Ehrensing                    50:07
  19  Holly Gaston                      51:04
  20  Marie-Josée Parayre               51:09
  21  Katie Petersen                    52:07
  22  Chuck Spalding                    52:38
  23  Mark Petersen                     52:42
  24  Gary Kraght                       53:25
  25  Fyodor Konkov                     55:50
  26  Manfred Kopisch                   57:52
  27  Sarah Petersen                    58:04
  28  Janet Petersen                    59:22
  29  Piotr Holubowicz                1:04:16
  30  Johanna Merriss                 1:04:51
  31  Gavrilenko family               1:19:40
  32  Jay Hann                        1:21:44
  33  Judy & Tom Cronin               1:33:33
  34  Steve Haas                      1:33:59
  35  Wes Erck                        1:38:15
      Christine Brew                    DNF   

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