Meet location: Crooked Lake

Date: May 25, 2008

Director: Linda Burke

A surprisingly large number of people turned out for this Memorial weekend meet, and Mother Nature treated us to a beautiful day. I tried a few different things for this Score-O event. I placed a total of 27 controls, 18 south of McClure Road and 9 north of the road. Most of the controls south of McClure were White/Yellow difficulty, with a few Orange/Red. Most of the northern controls were Orange/Red. Since they were more difficult and farther away, I made the northern controls worth 2 points and the southern controls worth 1 point, for a total possible 36 points.

There were so many controls close to the start/finish, I set a time limit of 60 minutes instead of the usual 90 minutes. The penalty for a late return was a 2-minute deduction off of 60 minutes for each minute late. For example: for an elapsed time of 65 minutes, 60 – (2x5) = 50 minutes would be used to compute your score.

I was secretly hoping that it would be too challenging for anyone to collect all the controls and still earn a decent score, and no one did–until Igor showed up and got them all in less than 68 minutes! Congratulations!!

I also tried a different scoring method: score = (elapsed time) x (total points), to try to add more strategy to the game. I was thinking that it would encourage people to stay out later to collect "just one more" control. However, of people with the same number of points, the one who finishes later will get a higher score. Hmmm . . . hadn't thought of that.

I don't think this played a major role in the rankings, and I certainly don't think anyone stayed out late just to get a better score (although some mentioned it as a possible strategy next time).

Anyway, the results turned out to be very interesting, and maybe just a little controversial. I'll probably go back to the Dave Bailey scoring method next time.

My apologies to everyone for switching controls at #8 and #9 on the white course–I hope no one was too confused. Many thanks to Al for hanging #18 for me at the last minute, and re-hanging #24 when he couldn't find mine. And thanks always to the control pick-up crew, some of whom showed up at the end of the meet just for this purpose: Jess, Karl, Terry, Eric, Dennis, Igor, and Rick.

Results:

Score-O
 name time  number of controls total
points
 score 
elapsedwith penalty1 point2 point
 Andy Taksic + 10:59:1059.17  15 33 1953 
 Al Newman1:00:0060.00  14 32 1920 
 Rick Waldo0:59:3459.57  18 32 1906 
 Matt Ross0:59:3359.55  15 29 1727 
 Igor Guskov1:07:4544.50  18 36 1602 
 Alex Izzo1:01:4556.50  14 24 1356 
 Laurent Fournier0:58:22 58.37  15 23 1342 
 Bryan Ross0:58:1858.30  12 22 1283 
 Tom Lee0:57:4357.72  12 22 1270 
10  Mike Keating0:59:0059.00  21 1239 
11  Ken Nieman1:01:5456.20  14 22 1236 
12  Chuck Newman0:59:5959.98  12 20 1200 
13  J. D. Lindeberg1:02:1055.67  11 21 1169 
14  Jennifer Burd & Dick Fortune0:56:2056.33  13 19 1070 
15  Blake Nicholson0:57:0457.07  10 18 1027 
16  Team Fiddlesticks1:00:2059.33  10 16 949 
17  Karen Smith0:58:1158.18  14 14 815 
18  Bob Tarabula0:57:4057.67  14 14 807 
19  Mark & Brian Tarabula0:57:2657.43  13 13 747 
20  Kelly Talapska & Sanlema Heinonen1:11:3336.90  12 20 738 
21  Mike Ryan1:03:5052.33  13  13 680 
22  Richard Zielke1:13:1333.57  11 19 638 
23  Diane Cook0:49:5449.90  12 12 599 
24  Tom Jameson1:10:2539.17  10 14 548 
25  Jane Nieman & Al0:25:4025.67  10 10 257 
26  Jim Pouillon1:29:500.33  
  Peter Zavodsky1:46:000.00  18 24 
  Marilyn Wayne1:34:310.00  11 21 
  Brent Archer2:25:000.00  14 28 
  David Kelley2:31:520.00  11 25 
  Larry McNamara1:41:300.00  10 16 
  Jackie O & Mike2:10:300.00  14 20 
  Suzanne Izzo1:46:200.00  11 13 
  Tom & Ruth2:44:510.00  15 15 


White: 1.65 km, 10 controls
1 Sowder Family0:36:33
2 Kinga Gorzelewski + 11:03:52
3 Christopher Billick + 11:30:10
4 Barb Burke1:43:33



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