June 30, 2011

Ponderosa Park, McCall, ID June 26 Meet Results

Boulders, boulders, boulders, and… deer – lots of them. We hope you had blast this past weekend in the Ponderosa State park in McCall, enjoying excellent weather, wild life, and challenges of tough woods. In places you had to push through the green and deadfall, in places you had to navigate steep hills but sometimes you would run across grassy meadows catching glimpses of a beautiful lake – this is bliss of Northwest terrain in its best incarnation. And we just scratched the surface with boulders :)

Easy beginner course around campgrounds attracted young, experienced and wise ones. Murray family (Liam, Sam, and Katja) finished in good 56:41. First time on the course Nancy and Howard Rittenger tried orienteering sport and found all controls in 56:41. Nikki Roth and Ray Honovich paired with Donna and Jeff to see the intricacies of map reading to blaze through the course in 24:57.

Intermediate course set in best traditions of orange course going to green level saw a heated competition among our seasoned pros, as well as a challenge for newcomers. Nikki and Ray right from beginner course tried more advanced one but had to cut it short due to some commitments. Ken with some experienced under his belt from past found 10 controls but had to finish as course was already partially removed. David, fresh and sparkling, claimed first place on the course. Elajah and Andy teamed for the 2nd and Russ strategically paced for 3rd position. Bob edged Donna and Jeff to take 4th place. Toby for sure found lots of extra controls (not to mention lots of deer) while Dondy persistently counted them one by one.

And, of course, advanced course was the toughest of them all with long legs and grueling up hills (at least one 75m!). Jeff again claimed first place, Andrea and Lee team was second, and Karin beat all those guys to claim third place on the podium. The rest of the results are below.

Beginner course: 1.6K, 6 controls, 10 m climb
Liam, Sam, and Katja Murray 56:41
Nancy and Howard Rittenger 46:19
Nikki Roth, Ray Honovich 24:57
Donna Goodwin, Jeff Decker 24:57

Intermediate course: 5K, 13 controls, 100m climb
David Bergset 1:29:23
Elajah and Andy Hill 1:38:24
Russ Pilcher 1:52:18
Bob Didisse 2:08:52
Donna Goodwin, Jeff Decker 2:09:36
Dondy and Toby Black 2:17:08
Ken Karcher 4:23:00 (10 controls)
Nikki Roth, Ray Honovich (8 controls)

Advanced course: 7.7K, 20 controls, 240m climb
Jeff Black 1:41:32
Andrea Bretz, Lee Scott 1:55:53
Karin Didisse 2:04:10
Erik Bergset 2:15:34
John Murray 2:29:51
David Murray 2:35:05
Bill Pilcher 2:51:54

We hope to see you all at our next July 23-24 meet near Idaho City on our Gold Rush Hills map!

Yours, meet directors
Dasha and Sergey Velichko

P.S. For those who are interested I timed myself while taking off all advanced course controls (that includes untangling and bagging controls). 1 hour was quite possible with a clean run :) Sergey

2:36 1:59 2:41 2:35 3:40 3:04 5:04 3:04 6:03 2:41 3:47 4:35 1:37 4:52 4:00 1:57 3:09 3:01 0:46 1:03 0:33 = 1:02:56

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