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Meet Director's Report:
WOW! WOW! WOW!
We couldn’t have asked for better weather for an orienteering
meet. That is, except for those hardy ones picking up controls after
the meet when the clouds opened up and soaked us. But it soon cleared
and the sun dried us once again.
We had a strong turnout of 82 groups that participated in the Score-O
event. This was a tough challenge that really emphasized time management.
The course was set well by Rich Gaylord; a sweep of all 30 controls
was not achieved. Some came close; Maricel O. took the top position
on the long course, locating 28 of the controls. Oivind N. was just
behind; he also located 28 controls, but was a bit over the time
On the short course, there were two competitors with 9 points with
the top finish going to Cari Anderson with a quicker time. The medium
course’s highest points went to Tom Favale with 23 points
and the Shaw 3 group a close second at 20 points.
The thick vegetation of the forest at this time of year makes the
course a bit more challenging. Reviews from some of the runners
indicated that two of the tougher controls to find were #60 and
#57. Hats off to the scout troop that found #60 on their first time
orienteering. You earned that merit badge! Control #57 became my
personal nemesis. Three weeks ago, when we went out to flag the
course, I got spun around in the area of #57. So I decided to set
the control for #57 the day before the meet and again, I was wandering
aimlessly before I located the correct position. Refusing to let
it get the best of me, I chose to pick it up after the meet. I found
it! These weren’t hidden, just located in challenging terrain.
The use of the e-punch for all participants proved to be a success.
This allowed very accurate scoring and timing, and enabled the runner
to move more quickly in and out of the control as punching a score
card is not required. E-punch is used at all of our regular meets
for the orange, green, and red courses.
Most importantly, what made this meet a success was the time and
help from all the volunteers. A round of Thank You goes to Rich
G. for setting the course, Mike C., Jim G, and Kathy B. for administering
the e-punch scoring and timing. Also to the volunteers at registration,
Jeff M., Viktor N., Tina and Josh W., Paul H., and Carrie H. And
the wet ones on control pickup, Charlie, Chris G., Maricel, Rich
and Allan T.
Hope to see you at the next meet.
E-Punch Coordinators Report:
This is the first time we've used e-punch for a Score-O event so
I hope those new to using the electronic controls enjoyed the experience.
We used a different version of the e-punch software to manage the
event and the Split Times Report is a little different to what we're
used to seeing, so I want to briefly explain the layout. The first
line with your place & name is pretty straight forward, the
points are what you actually collected but the score is what you're
left with after any penalties are applied. Under this you have the
control number, with it's points value in parenthesis. The second
line is your cumulative time with the third line showing the actual
time it took you to get to that control from the previous control.
Because it's up to you to choose the controls you collect (and the
order in which you collect them) you need to read the detail carefully
if you're comparing your results to someone else's.
In the Final Results (below) the digit for the hour isn't displaying.
I'm not sure why but the minutes:seconds are OK and it hasn't affected
the overall placings.
Finally, for some instructional fun, we're going to put this event
on RouteGadget so you can
use it's features to compare your decisions and routes against others.
We're not sure what a Score-O event will look like but it should
be interesting. It only works if you go in and plot your actual
route so please take some time to do this so we can all make the
most of it. The link to RouteGadget is at the end of the links on
the CAOC home page. (Also here.)
There are also some instructions on how to use RouteGadget.
Thanks to Chris, Rich & Michael and their teams for taking
on the challenge of an e-punch Score-O and making it a great success.