May 12, 2013

Stewart Gulch Meet Results

My apologies for the tardiness of this meet report on the Stewart Gulch Orienteering meet but I’ve been sick from Russ’ oyster shooters…….no, not really, they were delicious……life just got in the way.

Oyster shooters...
And their maker.

Anyway, for the meet, we had a pleasant yet hot day.  The advance and intermediate courses were long and arduous, perhaps a little overzealousness from the meet director and his cohort co-directors.  The idea was partly to prep orienteerers for the next meet at Rabbit Creek in the Owhyee foothills….sort of bridging the gap between park meets and the mountains.

We only had four parties undertake the beginning course.  Nicholas Byrne ran flat out with a great time on the course.  JJ Byrne ran the course three times with a best of 4:41.  Lexy and Matt went once around in a time of 6:50.  The Cole family showed up wanting a course more than the beginning and less than the intermediate.  I drew them up an abbreviated map of the intermediate course which they completed in 1 hr, 19 minutes.

The intermediate course was probably tougher than a typical foothills meet.  The straight line distance of the course was 4.5K.  Due to the steepness and length we had varying results in this category.  Many participants were first time orienteers and/or first timers at a non-park meet.  Due to its difficulty, even most of the non-finishers had amazing results.  Matteo Jorgenson is one of those first time orienteers and finished first in this division in a little over 1 hr 19 minutes.  He was followed in by Russ Pilcher, and the Dustin family boys.   Jeff and Kelly Mullen, Jay Morgan, and Ian and Layton also completed this course.

The advanced course was almost 12k in length.  The distance between controls was often long, and the terrain often steep.  It was probably as long of an advanced foothills course that we’ve ever had. Jeff Black finished first in just over two hours.  John Murray, and newcomer Dennis Ahern rounded out the top three.
I had a lot of assistance in course design by Nicholas and Jim Byrne (first time as co-directors), course set up by Jim Byrne, and registration duties by Jim and Nicholas.  Also many thanks for control pickup by Jim and JJ Byrne, and Jeff Black.  All photos are courtesy of Dondi Black, thank you.
Be sure to put the next meet on your calendar, Sunday, May 19th, in Murphy, Idaho.  Watch this website for directions and more information.

Results (if I’ve made any errors in my time calculations please notify me):

Nicholas Byrne 0:03:44
Lexy/Matt 0:06:50
JJ Byrne 0:11:00, 0:4:41 (2nd time)
Doug, Max, Susan Cole 1:19:45 (long, hand drawn course by meet director)
Matteo Jorgenson 1:19:35
Russ Pilcher 1:42:20
Team Dustin (the boys) 1:53:30
Jeff, Kelly Mullens 1:58:22
Jay Morgan 1:59:40
Ian & Layton 2:08:21
Karen Didisse 0:56:15 (DNF)
Parker & Yaro 1:28:00 (DNF)
Kyle Larsen 1:49:20 (DNF)
Team Dustin (the girls) 1:51:25 (DNF, but sent out inadvertently with Adv map)
Pam McNight 1:58:03 (DNF)
Jeff Black 2:00:14
John Murray 2:53:15
Dennis Ahern 3:06:06
Ben Brock 1:27:00 (DNF)
Sergey Velichko 1:48:30 (DNF, missed #8)
Melanie Wright 2:45:43 (DNF)
Meet Director Bill Leahy

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