Pond Lily Outlook

June 4, 2005

Meet Director: Alex Izzo

Assisted by Linda Burke and Suzanne Izzo

 

About 30 people turned out for the last SMOC meet of the season.  As announced in the newsletter, the advanced courses were “windows” courses–a format new to SMOC.  The competitors on Orange through Red were given pre-marked maps showing only small regions (“windows”) around each control.  Judging from what I heard about how people executed some of the legs on the courses, the windows format increased the difficulty of the courses a bit more than I expected.  Most people seemed to enjoy the extra challenge.  I hope another meet director will set a windows course, so I can have a chance to see what it is like to compete on such a course.

 

Judging from the finish times, the Yellow and Orange courses were about the right length, but the Red was too long given the conditions – a lot of climb, rather thick vegetation, a rather warm day, and the extra challenge of windows.  There were two Green courses (Short and Long), which were shortened versions of the Red course, and some advanced orienteers chose those options.  Unfortunately, no one went out on the White course.

 

The main complaint was the mosquitoes.  Al Newman requested an immediate West Nile Virus shot when he completed his course and said the course was too long given the mosquitoes.

 

There are several of the premarked windows maps left over.  If you would be
interested in having one, catch me at a meet, and I'll give you one for $2.

 

Thanks to Bill Luitje and Paul Vandevert for help picking up controls after the meet.

 

Results:

 

White Course –

1.6 K, 90 m climb, 9 controls

No competitors

 

Yellow Course –

3.5 K, 168 m climb, 8 controls

1. Team Curtis

1:09:45

2. Brian Crowe

1:16:36

3. Tom Jameson

1:23:19

4. Bill Girardin

1:31:17

5. Bonnie & Carlo

1:47:33

6. Pam Kittel

2:21:27

Team Holliday

OE

Catherine Roberts &

Mary Joscelyn

OE

Andrew Calendar &

Carson Maynard

OE

 

Orange Course –

3.5 K, 184 m climb, 9 controls

1. Ben Way

1:02:13

2. Matt Johns

1:42:20

3. Dave & Dave

2:01:57

4. Mick Ryan

2:15:53

5. Team Vanserf

2:23:04

 

Short Green –

4.1 K, 190 m climb, 8 controls

1. Chuck Newman        

2:39:19

2. Tom Lee

2:48:04

 

Long Green –

4.7 K, 220 m climb, 10 controls

1. Mike Keating

2:45:28

2. Rich Matthei

3:19:41

 

Red –

6.3 K, 312 m climb, 12 controls

1. Bill Luitje

2:05:44

2. Al Newman

2:07:43

3. Greg Lucas

2:50:39