Roughly 100 people came out for the first SMOC meet of the year. The courses offered were White, Yellow, Short Line-O, and Long Line-O. For the Line-O, a route was marked on the master map but no controls were marked. The instructions for the line-O courses were to follow the marked route and mark on the map the locations of the bags found along the route while being careful not to mark any bags found off the route. (A red pen was provided at each bag.) A penalty of 30 minutes was applied for each missed or incorrect bag marked, and a 15-minute penalty was applied for each bag marked in the wrong place.
Al Newman didnít seems pleased about the line-O format, but at least there were no mosquitoes to bother him this time as there were at the previous meet I directed. Several other people indicated that they enjoyed the format.
An especially large number of people went out on the Yellow course including a large group of junior marines and Boy Scout Troop 547. I heard later from the scoutmaster that the scouts had a really good time and will be coming to more orienteering meets. We look forward to seeing both of these youth groups again at future SMOC events.
Karen Smith and her oldest child went around the White course pushing a stroller containing the two younger children - an impressive feat considering the route was rough and quite steep in some places. Meanwhile Karenís husband, Juha Heinonen, also put in an impressive performance, handily winning the Long Line-O. Mark Voitís clock time was 16 seconds faster than Juhaís, but he received a penalty for including a control that was off the route. The clock times of Al Newman and Dave Mielock were within minutes of Mark and Juha, but they too received penalties.
When I was planning the courses, several people advised me that line-O courses need to be much shorter than cross country courses. I took this advice to heart, and it proved to be good advice. Judging from the winning times, the course lengths were perfect; winning times on the Yellow, Short Line-O, and Long Line-O, were all within 2 minutes of 1 hour.
Not all was perfect though - less than an hour into the meet it began to rain.
Thanks to Mark Fochesato for picking up most of the controls.
|finish order||name||clock time||penalty||time+penalty|
|Long Line: 4.5km, 300m climb, 11 controls|
|9||Reno Nye and Chuck Kovick||2:05:50||1:00:00||3:05:50|
|Short Line:3km, 160m climb, 8 controls|
|1||Ted and Katie||1:01:00||1:01:00|
|2||Robert and Diane||1:28:29||1:28:29|
|4||Carol and J||1:36:00||1:36:00|
|9||Melissa and Andy||1:34:00||1:15:00||2:49:00|
|Yellow: 3.2km, 170m climb, 10 controls|
|4||Matt and Paul Johnson||1:13:20|
|7||Mike and Pat||1:28:00|
|8||T547 Group 7||1:30:00|
|9||Andrew and Carson||1:35:00|
|11||Marines Group 2||1:54:00|
|12||Ken Anderson and Rod Limas||1:56:00|
|13||John and Carre W||1:58:17|
|14||T547 Group 1||2:14:00|
|16||Marines Group 1 (Backward)||2:25:00|
|17||T547 Group 6||2:34:00|
|T547 Group 2||OE|
|T547 Group 3||OE|
|T547 Group 4||OE|
|T547 Group 5||OE|
|White: 1.6km, 90m climb, 9 controls|
|1||Ken Anderson and Rod Limas||0:36:10|
|2||Sandy and Jerry||0:43:30|
|3||Harry and Carolyn Miller||0:50:30|