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Sprint Champs at Point Pinole - Results

Date: Sunday, February 22, 2004
Location: Richmond, CA.
Contact: , (510) 531-6697
Type: C; Sprint Championships (plus White, Yellow, and Orange courses)
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Writeup by Steve Gregg

Over 100 intrepid orienteers ignored the threatening weather forecast and journeyed to Point Pinole for this year's Sprint Championships. Fortunately the early-morning showers ended by 8 AM, and by the time the event began at 9:30 it had turned into a pretty good day for orienteering.

Unlike last year's near-perfect conditions, this year the above-average rainfall leading up to the event left the terrain a bit soft for really fast running. Nonetheless, the top three Prologue runners still negotiated the 2.9 km course in right around 5 min/km. As expected, Eric Bone, Syd Reader, and Vladimir Guisatnikov were in the top three spots after the Prologue, with Wyatt Riley only three seconds back in fourth place. After Wyatt there was a 46 second gap back to Martin Kunz in fifth place, so it seemed clear that the fight for the three medals would take place among the top four.

Doug Stein in action at Monte Bello, 2000 (Photo: Trevor Pering)

However, the Chase did not generate a whole lot of drama, as the time gaps between the top three runners did not change much throughout the course. As this was Eric's first time on the map, it is particularly impressive that he was able to hold off the chase pack and win the event by a 28 second margin. Vlad did manage to cut the gap to Syd to 5 seconds early in the Chase course, but then faded a bit and Syd took the silver medal by 12 seconds. Vlad gradually increased his gap on Wyatt throughout the chase and took the bronze medal by 30 seconds. The fastest time on the Chase course was turned in by Francois Leonard, who lost about a minute at a small ruin on the Prologue course that some people claimed was slightly mismapped (I'll have to check that the next time I visit the park) and started the Chase in 7th position. He moved up to 5th place by the end of the Chase and without the earlier error might have been in contention for a medal.

Scenic shot of Lake Louise taken on an off day between APOC events in Alberta, Canada (Photo: Tony Pinkham)

On the women's side, newcomer Claire Warner took first place by a minute over longtime star Penny DeMoss. We hope Claire will be a regular attendee at future events. Marie-Josee Parayre took third place. As usual, the unsettled weather kept attendance down on the White and Yellow courses. The white course was won by Jennifer Willis, and Gary Kraght beat out William Gilmore by 10 seconds to win the yellow course.

I hope the butterfly loops added some interest to the event. Unfortunately, that entire hillside was burned by the park sometime last fall, and so the terrain containing the loops was quite a bit more open than I would have liked it to be. Next year expect the butterfly to be earlier in the course, in the more forested part of the map.

Ev Beuerman punches a boulder control on the Orange course at Coyote Hills, 2000 (Photo: Angelica Riley)

A big thank you to everyone who helped out at the event. Kelly Wells, Bruce Wolfe, and Ev and Jean Beuerman all vetted the courses before the event. Ev and Jean also helped the day of the event itself. As usual, Harold and Penny DeMoss arrived early to help set up all the rain tents at the staging area, and picked up bags after the event ended. Vivian Lee and James Wilson ran registration flawlessly. Terry Farrah gave beginner's clinics, and Martin Kunz and Frank Markowitz ran courses early so they could help out later. Harold and Meg Gerstner helped at the Chase start, and hauled all your sweats back to the finish area afterwards. And my biggest thanks go to our new E-punch director Trinka Gillis, who had to learn how to set up the event software for this complicated, two-part event and also arrived at the park early to set up all the E-punch hardware. My apologies to anyone I have forgotten who stepped up to help.

Point Pinole Regional Shoreline
Richmond, CA
Sunday, February 22, 2004


Preliminary Results


  Pl  Name                        Time

White Course    (3.6 km, 55 m climb, 10 controls)

   1  Jennifer Willis             44:50
   2  Nancy Flagg                 72:09
   3  Mark Harnett                72:25
   4  Lucy Li                     78:01


Yellow Course   (3.3 km, 55 m climb, 10 controls)

   1  Gary Kraght                 27:50
   2  William Gilmore             28:00
   3  Hall, Hall, & Barger        32:05
   4  Denise & Kevin Harrington   35:31
   5  Rob Jerdonek                38:49
   6  JROTC group Easy            42:42
   7  JROTC group Golf            44:31
   8  Andrea Wuenschel            48:04
   9  Souto group                 55:57
  10  JROTC group Bravo           57:05
  11  JROTC group Alpha           57:25
  12  Javier & Toño Fuentes       60:19
  13  Galena Shakhnovsky          61:20
  14  Mattson, Privat, Mavandoch  62:23
  15  Irwin group                 72:04
  16  Borghi, Dulos               73:48
  17  Dan, Michelle, & Ben        91:12


Orange Course    (3.30 km, 60 m climb, 9 controls)

  Pl  Name                                  Time

   1  Penny DeMoss                          26:57
   2  Matthew Mattson                       28:49
   3  Daniel Johanson                       30:41
   4  Gary Kraght                           31:39
   5  Harold DeMoss                         35:39
   6  Kirshner                              37:35
   7  David Osterstrom                      40:17
   8  Jennifer Kerr                         42:14
   9  Terry & Amy Szucsko, and ??           44:40
  10  Garrett Pitsenbarger, Michael Hall    45:11
  11  Mark Harnett                          45:34
  12  Trinka Gillis                         45:59
  13  Brian Schmitz                         48:02
  14  Dwight Freund, Al Berkowitz           48:27
  15  Heather Stark                         50:30
  16  Meg Gerstner                          51:36
  17  Kristen Pitsenbarger                  53:51
  18  Nancy Lindeman                      1:00:02
  19  Howard Hall, Harry Hall             1:01:25
  20  Alan Houser                         1:04:38
  21  Mariano Ferrario                    1:08:05
  22  Deer Valley 1                       1:11:34
  23  Hangche Lin family                  1:14:08
  24  Orange Oranges                      1:14:32
  25  Roberta Pitsenburger, Diane Hall    1:18:59
  26  David Pope                          1:20:19
  27  Deer Valley 2                       1:30:47
  28  Jim Fish                            1:33:53
  29  Shirley Pierce                      1:57:20


Prologue     (2.9 km, 30 m climb, 9 controls)
and Chase    (3.2 km. 65 m climb, 13 controls)

                             Prologue       Chase      Overall
  Pl  Name                   Time   Pl    Time   Pl     Time

   1  Eric Bone              14:19   1    16:54   2     31:13
   2  Syd Reader             14:34   2    17:07   4     31:41
   3  Vladimir Gusiatnikov   14:50   3    17:03   3     31:53
   4  Wyatt Riley            14:53   4    17:30   6     32:23
   5  Francois Leonard       16:27   7    16:42   1     33:09
   6  Martin Kunz            15:39   5    17:37   7     33:16
   7  Rex Winterbottom       16:57   9    17:14   5     34:11
   8  Doug Stein             16:09   6    18:36   9     34:45
   9  Matthias Kohler        17:03  10    18:05   8     35:08
  10  Van Boughner           16:54   8    20:11  12     37:05
  11  Tapio Karras           17:40  11    19:51  10     37:31
  12  Thorsten Graeve        17:53  13    19:55  11     37:48
  13  Andrejus Masalkovas    17:45  12    20:55  15     38:40
  14  Claire Warner          19:17  16    20:34  14     39:51
  15  Doug Bass              18:36  14    21:30  18     40:06
  16  Holman                 19:51  21    20:55  15     40:46
  17  Penny DeMoss           19:38  18    21:13  17     40:51
  18  Ian Tidswell           19:13  15    22:00  19     41:13
  19  Nik Weber              19:19  17    22:33  21     41:52
  20  Kent Ohlund            21:35  25    20:21  13     41:56
  21  Dennis Wildfogel       19:50  20    22:23  20     42:13
  22  Dan Greene             20:11  23    22:49  22     43:00
  23  Eric Rosenzweig        19:49  19    23:45  24     43:34
  24  Brad Wetmore           20:09  22    23:31  23     43:40
  25  James Wilson           22:41  28    25:24  25     48:05
  26  Alan Glendinning       22:21  27    25:51  26     48:12
  27  Marie-Josee Parayre    21:29  24    28:15  30     49:44
  28  Deron van Hoff         21:57  26    29:19  35     51:16
  29  Bjorn Widerstrom       24:18  31    27:26  28     51:44
  30  Thiago Ghilardi        23:04  29    28:48  33     51:52
  31  Bob Cooley             23:47  30    28:44  32     52:31
  32  Pete Olsten (GCO)      26:19  34    28:40  31     54:59
  33  Vivian Lee             25:56  33    29:13  34     55:09
  34  Vicki Woolworth        28:48  35    27:46  29     56:34
  35  Bob Strauss            29:46  36    26:51  27     56:37
  36  Johanna Merriss        25:25  32    31:37  36     57:02
  37  Oleg Shakhnovsky       32:04  38    38:42  38   1:10:46
  38  Terry Farrah           36:48  41    34:03  37   1:10:51
  39  Jeff Lanam             34:18  40    46:30  39   1:20:48
  40  Nancy Lindeman         44:43  42  1:03:00  40   1:47:43

      Jennifer Kerr (GCO)    33:06  39
      Jim Fish               51:41  43
      Harold DeMoss          31:11  37