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Stanford University - Results

Date: Sunday, April 4, 2004
Location: near Palo Alto, CA.
Event Director: Natasha Gelfand, with assistance from - (650) 321-6216
Course Setter: Meg Gerstner
Type: C; White, Yellow, and Score-O courses, and BAOC Annual Meeting & Election

This event was sponsored by the Stanford Orienteering Club and directed by BAOC.

Writeup by Chuck Spalding
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About 260 people came to Stanford for enjoyable orienteering on a pleasant Spring day. In addition, participants were able to take in the attractions of Stanford's annual Community Day event.

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, nearly everyone completed the course successfully (one group may have succumbed to Community Day), with the group of first- timers(?) David Coughlan and Scott Himmelberger finishing first in a quick 13:20; a few minutes ahead of the group of Betty Wong, David Pierce, and Neil Geraghty at 17:54.

The Yellow course started and finished similar to the White course, but had longer legs and looped through the more open areas north of the central campus, providing a bit more challenging route selection -- and more Community Day activities to get through. The course was won by first-timer Dennis Wilkinson with a swift 17:56, well ahead of Bill Rassieur in second at 28:09. Dennis and his wife Melissa (who completed the White course with a baby stroller) came to the event because they happened to see the directional signs. What is the saying about it pays to "advertise"?

The Score-O events, which used the same map, offered more distance and lots of route choice among the buildings and outlying areas of the campus. There were so many controls scattered around the campus that people had real challenges to decide the order in which to visit controls and which ones to skip. Those challenges were enhanced by the "severe" penalty of 2 points per minute (or fraction) overtime.

The 40-minute Score O was won by veteran Mike Fleishman, who came in 1:20 early with 22 controls "punched". Stanford student Misha Lipatov was second with 21 controls, having given away nearly three minutes. The top four finishers averaged about 1:50 per control, pointing out the disadvantage of finishing minutes early. The top ten finishers were safely under the time limit -- too safely perhaps, because they averaged almost 3 minutes early.

In the 60-minute Score O, Mark Prior and Steve Gregg showed that it was possible to visit all the controls under the time limit, with respectively 3:40 and 2:17 to spare. (Their averages were 1:31 and 1:34 per control.) Mike Prindiville also visited all the controls, but suffered a 2-point reduction for being 24 seconds late. That dropped him from third to fifth -- behind Matthias Kohler and Doug Bass, both of whom got "only" 35 controls. Many of the top finishers came in within a minute of the time limit, but those on the wrong side of the limit lost several places.

On a lighter note, the following people deserve honorable mention: Rory Maclean for completing the White course on his own (with a shadow) at age 5. Emily Kellison-Linn and five of her friends for making the event part of Emily's birthday celebration. Doug Bass for completing the Yellow course quickly as a Memory O (after running the Score O). The Score-O team of Toby Zimmerer and Joe Sarti for finishing 1 second under the 60-minute limit. And Jim Fish for having the determination to maximize his fun by getting all the Score-O controls regardless of the time.

As always, the event couldn't have been held without the efforts of many people -- before and at the event. Natasha Gelfand ran the gauntlet of Stanford bureaucracy to get the permit, with support by Audrie Faist. Meg Gerstner designed the courses, with help from Alan Glendinning. Alan also provided valuable guidance to the Event Director, made map corrections and prepared the maps for printing, and set many of the controls. As usual, many thanks go to Bob Cooley for printing all the maps, and for being prepared to print more maps at the event (although that turned out not to be needed despite the large turnout [hurrah!]).

Alan, Meg, Cheryl Madson, and Nancy Lindeman helped with setup. The ever-present registration team of Ev and Jean Beuerman did their usual wonderful job, with help by Esther Heller. Beginners clinics were held by Nancy Lindeman and Jim Fish, which surely contributed to the high level of success on White and Yellow. Starts were handled by Cheryl Madson, Misha Lipatov, Natasha Gelfand, Terry Farrah, and Bob Strauss. Meg and Steve Haas recorded finish times. Alan, Marsha Jacobs, and Nick Corsano computed the results. Last but not least, Meg, Alan, and Steve Haas kindly stayed until the end to clean up and pick up the controls.

Thanks to all those folks, to Van Boughner for posting the announcement, results, and this write-up on the BAOC Web site, and to anyone who I've inadvertently overlooked.

In closing, I'll mention that mixed opinions were expressed about having the event on the same day as Stanford's Community Day. Some people thought that added a lot of interest to the day, but others felt that it interfered with their orienteering. I would appreciate hearing from people who have an opinion one way or the other, so we can consider what to do next year.

Stanford University
Palo Alto, CA
Sunday, April 4, 2004

Results


White Course     (1.8 km, 6 m climb, 12 controls)   101 people

  Pl  Name                                               Time  (Comment)

   1  David Coughlan, Scott Himmelberger                 13:20
   2  Betty Wong, David Pierce, Neil Geraghty            17:54
   3  Aaron Highley                                      19:18
   4  Antara Rao, Nishad Singh, Vasu Subbiah,
        Mohan & Vandi Thirumale                          26:20
   5  Martin, Lisa, Max, & Trey McKeay                   26:20
   6  Brian & Jessica Kirshner                           26:53
   7  Melissa, Suzie, Katie, Alyse, Kamille (Troup 1682) 27:23
   8  Rajeev, Malhar, Meghana, Anv, Raj, Suchu           28:27
   9  Stephan, Sophia, & Mira Sears                      28:55
  10  Jeremy Kirshner                                    30:48
  11  Rajesh & Stella Kulkarni                           32:29
  12  Melissa Wilkinson                                  35:25
  13  Ashley, Lauren, Stephanie, Lindsay (Troup 1682)    35:55
  14  Lanny, Brandon, & Ryan Forrest                     37:01
  15  Alan, Alex, & Matthew Eckles, Ed & Tommy Nelson    40:09
  16  Mary & Sara Nelson, Carol Eckles, Jean Grace       40:13
  17  Jasmine, Malou, & Anita Gayatri                    41:54
  18  Brian & Jonas Christian                            45:11
  19  Cheryl & Taryne Nannetti, Katie Bradley,
        Chelsea Hummel, Adriann Bruce, Jena Lusch        47:54
  20  Rory Maclean                                       51:16 (Age 5)
  21  Jan Smith                                          54:19
  22  Dina & Griffin Scheel                              58:21
  23  Sheryl & Bryan Strebel, Kevin Moore              1:02:06
  24  Emily Kellison-Linn, Isabel Obrien, Maddie Kau,
        Laura Zalles, Blair Grangle-Hall, Chris Linn   1:03:22 (B'day Party)
  25  Martin, Amy, Brandon, & Brooke Van Ryswyk        1:06:35
  26  Victor Calfaro, Paul Timmerman                   1:07:21
  27  Anonymous                                        1:11:07
  28  Quess & Gus Liu                                  1:20:40
  29  Nancy & Hongying Markowitz                       1:22:08
  30  John, Christina, & Isabelle Berdoulay            1:29:31
  31  Bill & Laura Choate, Joleen & Jodi Croce,
        Desiree Foster, Ariana Breen, Lauren Castle    1:29:36
  32  Daniel & Dan Burns                               1:57:50

      Tricia Kellison, Freddy & Joey Kellison-Linn,
        Susan Wood                                       DNF


Yellow Course    (2.9 km, 15 m climb, 10 controls)   84 people

  Pl  Name                                               Time  (Comment)

   1  Dennis Wilkinson                                   17:56
   2  Bill Rassieur                                      28:09
   3  Justin Swett, Marissa Ferejohn                     30:47
   4  Patty, Tom, & Betsy Cory, Jeremy Giovannetti       39:23
   5  Matt Oscamou, Jennifer Peck                        39:24
   6  Jim Buteau, Rhonda Clark                           39:52
   7  Jennifer & Brahm Windeler                          40:13
   8  Chris Murray                                       40:40
   9  Martin Taylor                                      40:56
  10  Tim Gravier, Jeremiah & Marilou Sumagit            42:41
  11  Jeff & Samantha Hamlin                             43:33
  12  Clare Livak                                        44:59
  13  Terry Farrah                                       45:51
  14  Cheryl Madson                                      46:59
  15  Joe Knapp, Erica Morris                            47:23
  16  Lara & Matt Sandora                                47:40
  17  Erin Bradley, Chelsea Michaels, Simone Lang        50:35
  18  Denise & Kyle Larsen, Magellan Rubin               54:40
  19  Galena Shakhnovsky                                 54:51
  20  Carolyn Wong, Adrienne Yeung                       56:45
  21  Chris Bragg, Carrie Murphy, Robin Pomerance        57:31
  22  Marty & Josh Katz                                  58:10
  23  Dox & Sarah Doxiadis                             1:08:09
  24  Leon Chen, Sandy Roberts                         1:14:12
  25  Lei Yang, Steven Yang, Brian, Patrick            1:17:36
  26  Michele, Dan, Matthew, & Benjamin Conway         1:19:54
  27  Shanbhag, Mitali, Sonali                         1:20:44
  28  Melanie & Gary Jonas                             1:24:25
  29  Tim & Bill Healy                                 1:32:30
  30  Sarah & Julia Brug                               1:36:48
  31  Susann Novalis, Cameron Shaw                     1:37:00
  32  Bevan Waite, Robert Hoffman                      1:37:27
  33  Malcolm Dunn, Jeanne Appelget                    1:54:38
  34  Laura Wiggs                                      2:03:01
  35  Liz Spalding, Carol Schultz                      2:33:50

      Marissa, Gary, & Zhilan Zweiger                    MSP   (#1, 33:46)
      Harry Jeffries, Maurice Winpigler                  MSP   (#1, 1:10:19)
      Elena Livak                                        MSP   (#1, 1:10:55)

  Second Course

      David Coughlan, Scott Himmelberger                 15:44
      Doug Bass                                          23:42 (Memory O)
      Ashley, Melissa, Stephanie, Alyce                  54:26


40-Minute Score-O Course    (37 controls)   18 people

  Pl  Name                               Points          Time

   1  Michael Fleishman                    22            38:41
   2  Misha Lipatov                        21            37:04
   3  Dan Dwyer, Jackie Wong,
        Raphael Dinner                     21            39:31
   4  Marsha Jacobs                        20            36:36
   5  George Minarik                       19            37:21
   6  Nathan Hamm, T.J. Nicholson          17            37:45
   7  Beth Dixon, Chelsea Waite            16            38:10
   8  Judy Koehler                         15            33:29
   9  Alan & Debra LaVergne                14            36:53
  10  Rachel Care                          13            35:54
  11  Stephanie Maclean                    13 (17-4)     41:36
  12  John & Max Wiegant                   12 (18-6)     42:27


60-Minute Score-O Course    (37 controls)   54 people

  Pl  Name                               Points          Time

   1  Mark Prior                           37            56:20
   2  Steve Gregg                          37            57:43
   3  Matthias Kohler                      35            58:11
   4  Doug Bass                            35            59:07
   5  Mike Prindiville                     35 (37-2)   1:00:24
   6  Derek Maclean                        33            59:48
   7  Dennis Wildfogel                     33            59:50
   8  Eric Rosenzweig                      32            57:10
   9  Brad Wetmore                         32            58:53
  10  Hannu Haarma                         32 (34-2)   1:00:36
  11  Jim Waite                            30            57:50
  12  Dan Greene                           30            58:24
  13  Ian Tidswell                         30            59:32
  14  Evan Custer                          30            59:43
  15  Tapio Karras                         30 (34-4)   1:01:33
  16  Gary Kraght                          29            58:15
  17  Malcolm Wyatt-Mair                   29            59:25
  18  Bob Strauss                          28            57:30
  19  Wendell Doman                        28            59:12
  20  Greg Chatham, Phil Lovalenti         27 (31-4)   1:01:34
  21  Gavin Wyatt-Mair                     26 (30-4)   1:01:23
  22  Bob Cooley                           25 (27-2)   1:00:10
  23  Steve Haas                           25 (33-8)   1:03:52
  24  Robert Lewis                         22            53:39
  25  Cathy Bolger                         22            59:37
  26  Jeff Lanam                           21            56:54
  27  Oleg Shakhnovsky                     21            58:21
  28  Hongche Liu                          21            58:52
  29  Dan Holman                           21 (25-4)   1:01:38
  30  Frank Markowitz                      20            59:57
  31  Vivian Lee                           20 (28-8)   1:03:30
  32  Nancy Lindeman, Victoria Wiegant     18            54:07
  33  Kenny Yu, Pokman Cheung              18            59:18
  34  Ben Thomas                           17            47:52
  35  Toby Zimmerer, Joe Sarti             17            59:59
  36  Steve Beuerman                       17 (23-6)   1:02:45
  37  Adam Ruskin                          16 (22-6)   1:02:16
  38  Katherine Tennant                    15            53:41
  39  Rachel Tennant, Arlinda Duffy,
        Melissa Nasiruddin                 12            58:24
  40  Maurice Herry                        11            55:45
  41  Terry Pratt                           6 (20-14)  1:06:46
  42  Jessica, Mitch, & Luanne Chin       -17 (15-32)  1:15:58
  43  Jim Fish                           -183 (37-220) 2:50:00

  Second Course

      Chris Bragg, Carrie Murphy,
        Robin Pomerance                    18            58:33
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DNF = Did not finish (missed one or more controls)
MSP = Mispunched (one or more incorrect controls)