Park Lyndon O-Meet
November 2, 2013
Meet Directors: Joe Burkhead
Just as in Friday's Scramble at the Arb Sprint-O, orienteers had another opportunity to run a brand new map in a new venue for SMOC, the rain held off for most the competition time, and we had orienteers show up from a few clubs including Miami Valley (MVOC), Chicago Area (CAOC), and Orienteering Illini (OI) (University of Illinois)!
Advanced and intermediate courses were designed with a middle-distance format in mind where quick navigation decision-making and precise routes with ample speed through the terrain are necessary to win, as opposed to longer formats that are more of an endurance challenge. Orange through Red courses were also designed to introduce orienteers to the diverse terrain across this new venue.
On the Red course Ali Crocker (SMOC) left a trail of fire coming in 1st place with a time of 37:43 despite running a big chuck of the last half of the course with piercing pain from a massive thorn lodged into her leg! Next in was Jan Havles with the new University of Illinois club and visiting from Europe who cruised in at 44:23. Next was a sizable group closely contending for 3rd place within a couple minutes of each other including Jens Christiansen, Igor Guskov, Tom Svobodny, and Mike Debolt but Jens impressively came out on top at 53:18 despite taking a scenic route to #5.
On Green course the Metz crew stood out from the crowd with Andrew finishing 1st at 50:03 and Bruce at 59:08. The push for 3rd was very close between Roddy Wares and Tom Allen with Roddy getting the placement at 75:13 just 8 seconds ahead of Tom at 75:21...which was an amazing finish for his first stab at the Green course after previously running Yellows! The Orange course also saw some runners making a jump from Yellow, so congrats to them. Jason Pasinetti cruised in at 1st place on Orange 10 min's ahead of a a few runners coming in at around 75 min's or so. Valerie Metz finished a solid Yellow score at about 32 min's and several young ones with Christine Utter successfully located all controls in just over an hour.
Special thanks again to Igor for all of the mapping & e-punch assistance, Lew Kidder & others for lining up access to this fantastic new venue, and for volunteers that helped with things like registration, tent set up, control placement, food, and control takedown to include but not limited to (apologies if I left anyone out): Igor Guskov, Susan Douglas, Baraba Niess-May, Alison Crocker, Tom Allen, Cooper and Michelle Green.
With this being my last time meet directing for SMOC until I can return once again to live in the great state of Michigan, I want to express my greatest appreciation for this club and all its supporters. Its been a truly awesome experience and I will miss it sorely! But I look forward to having the excuse of orienteering as a draw to bring me back to Michigan for SMOC meets on occasion. So let's not say "goodbye", but "see you later!"
Electronic results are posted at Winsplits Online