You should have seen the park on Saturday! I was hanging bags in the midst of a huge downpour, and giant unmapped lakes were forming everywhere. Fortunately the area drains well, and for the most part the orienteers that showed up Sunday morning only had mud to contend with. The worst mudhole of all was right before the last control, apparently. Tom Carpenter finished his course only wearing one shoe, saying he had lost the shoe twice already, and wasn't going to bother putting it back on again so close to the finish! Below are the complete results.
The early starters had some annoying light rain to contend with (which seemed to be centered right on top of us--at one point, you could look around and see blue skies in all four directions), but the weather cleared up by noon and the rest of the day was quite pleasant. As has generally been the case in this El Niño year, the White and Yellow courses attracted very few participants, but the more challenging courses brought out most of the club regulars.
The extended Minarik family swept the top spots on the three Orange courses. Sarah won the regular Orange course with a time of 30 minutes flat, George won the Long Orange in 40 minutes flat, and in the "BAOC Very Long Orange Club Championships", Erik Ohlund came out on top with a time of 55:20 for the 9.4 km course. We'll miss you, Erik, and we hope you enjoyed your stay with us.
I first want to thank everyone for arriving at the park relatively early and finishing your courses in a timely manner. We always advertise that all courses close at 2 PM and at this meet, the very last finisher came in at 2:02! That made it very easy for me to clean everything up and get home in plenty of time for dinner--that's a first in the five years I've been directing meets.
Also many thanks to everyone who helped. Josh Friederichs and company ran registration flawlessly (thanks for taking over this job from me, Josh), George Minarik and the DeMosses helped with starts and finishes, and bag pickup was handled by Werner Haag, Michi Kamijima, and Gary and Tom Carpenter (on their mountain bikes--oops, did I say that word??). Special thanks to park ranger Dave Yoas for being so helpful and supportive of our sport.
VERY LONG ORANGE 9.4 km, 135 m climb, 23 controls 1. Erik Ohlund 55:20 2. Neal Barlow 56:51 3. Neeme Loorits 59:10 4. Michihiro Kamijima 61:18 5. Kent Ohlund 65:21 6. Lans Taylor 65:30 7. Wyatt Riley 65:36 8. Tom Strat 68:42 9. Gary Carpenter 74:50 10. Dan Greene 75:10 11. Penny DeMoss 76:01 12. Angelica Riley 79:14 13. Gavin Wyatt-Mair 82:55 14. Mark Blair 85:54 15. Mark Prior 87:05 16. Bob Cooley 89:03 17. Werner Haag 94:12 18. Harold DeMoss 103:45 19. Steve Beuerman 145:22 LONG ORANGE 5.2 km, 70 m climb, 11 controls 1. George Minarik 40:00 2. Dennis Wildfogel 43:21 3. Chris Taylor 44:10 4. Joe Scarborough 46:03 5. Tom Carpenter 48:30 6. Josh Friederichs 48:48 7. Gary Kraght 52:35 8. Dennis Struble (NEOC) 60:54 9. Terry Gleason 65:16 10. Rachel & Dwight Freund 84:16 11. Jeff Lanam 84:25 12. Jon Gee 103:33 13. Tracy Thompson & Chelsea Taylor 110:00 14. Don Gee 119:45 15. Ev & Jean Beuerman 155:16 16. Alan Glendinning DNF (injured on course) ORANGE 2.9 km, 45 m climb, 9 controls 1. Sarah Minarik 30:00 2. Carolyn Cobey 38:20 3. Marsha Jacobs 40:56 4. John Pagendarm 42:15 5. Steve Minniear 54:51 6. Jack Myers 55:55 7. Tom & Sandy Guldman 56:30 8. Mary Granfors & Keg Alexander 65:31 9. Idell Weydemeyer & David Meredith 70:15 10. Joe Santana 90:25 11. Chris Cobey 95:02 12. Burchill / Konrad / Belor group 124:00 13. Joe Rivera 141:07 YELLOW 3.8 km, 60 m climb, 11 controls 1. Jeff Edmonston & Marjorie Wong 77:42 2. Steve Miller group 118:16 3. Michael Miller & Numo Jaeger 143:15 WHITE 3.6 km, 55 m climb, 12 controls 1. David Klipp 44:02 2. Eileen McAdam group 122:33 3. Mary, Eric, & Lauren Pagendarm DNF