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
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:
- Vetter: Greg Khanlarov
- Registration: Gary Kraght, Judy Koehler, Chuck Spalding
- Starts: Esther Heller, Greg Ehrensing
- Beginners Clinics: Dan Greene, Gavin Wyatt-Mair
- Junior Training: Erin Schirm
- E-punch: Rosemary Johnson, George Minarik, Jeff Lanam
- Refreshments: Betsy Radtke
- Setup: Kevin Walker
- Control Pickup: Miguel Clark, Steve Harrison, Graham and Christine Brew, Steve Haas, Chuck Spalding
- Insurance: Marina Keating
- Website: Chuck Spalding
- Maps: Bob Cooley
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.
Lake Herman Recreation Area
Sunday, February 22, 2015
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
DNF = Did not finish (missed one or more controls)