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July 26th, 2017 Meet Cancelled

Bear alert signThe Orienteering Club has decided to heed the warnings of experts as reported yesterday in the Alaska Dispatch News and cancel the upcoming meet at Far North Bicentennial Park. The safety of our participants is always our first concern. Unfortunately, orienteering meets take a tremendous amount of time to plan and set up, and it will not be possible to move to a new location on this short of notice.  We are sorry and hope you will be able to join us on August 2nd at APU.

Kathy and Joyce’s Bike-O Results

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Kincaid Park

Over 40 hardy folks endured the rain, slick trails and moose encounters at Kincaid park for our bike orienteering meet. Several non-bikers choose to run the bike course (foot). Thanks to Mike Robinson for his help

White course(foot) 1.6km

1) Ann Bruner (Rory, Mary and Tom) 34:10, 2) Erin and Timmy Freed/Diane Evans 38:00, 3) Micheal Hall 38:54, 4) Lexi Hill/Diane Hirshberg 40:04, 5) Saunders Family 55:37, 6) Waldrop Family 55:42, 7) Annie Luck/Barry Bruniga 57:52 8) Calvin/Jared Gardner 58:57, 9) J. Holland/Caleb Platt 2:12:00

Short Bike O 4.6km

1) Steve McKeever 44:11, 2) Jen Joliff (foot) 50:12, 3) Shelly Laws (foot) 1:01:12, 4) Steve Gruhn (foot) 1:02:26, 5) Ivan Hodges (foot) 1:02:30, 6) Ann Billman 1:02:57, 7) Brian Durrell (foot) 1:05:40, 8) Mark Findlay (foot) 1:13:00, 9) Joe Kurtak 1:18:24, 10) Graziano Family 1:45:50, 11) Backus Family 2:38:00, DNF: Liam Sarwas & Henry Loefler, Jenny/Dick Sheasley, Tudy/Lia Keller, Katie Wisht/Jess Cahalane

Long Bike O 7.7km

1) Cory Smith 45:29, 2) Ian Moore (foot) 52:44, 3) Mike Robinson 1:18:14, 4) Bruce Ross 1:21:47

Please join us Wednesday, July 26th for a traditional meet at FNBP (Bivouac Trailhead). Check the links for details.

P.S. We would love your feedback! If you have criticisms, praise, suggestions, comments, or whatever – please let us know.

Russian Jack Orienteering Results

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Russian Jack Park

Runners were time-limited in their choice of controls (checkpoints) to visit during the 35-minute ‘Score-O’ orienteering event. Brian Kirchner and Jeremy Johnson took the top two places for the men. Brittany Hippe scored highest among the women, closely followed by Dela Grey. Most racers strategically maximized their points by staying on the course overtime, despite subtraction of points from their scores for each minute they were late. The Seeber family team completed the standard-format point-to-point orienteering course fastest among the nine teams that chose the unlimited time event.

Thanks to volunteers Drew and Charese Gearhart-Dekreon for course layout and day-of-meet help; Steve Gruhn for registration help; Lexi Hill and Mike Robinson for pizza provision. Meet directors: Anne and Dan Billman.

Score-O 35-minute Course

Name Control Points Minutes Late Final Score
Brian Kirchner 390 5 340
Jeremy Johnson 370 4 330
Paul Carlson 370 8 290
Mike Robinson 310 3 280
Regan Sarwas 280 3 250
Mark Findlay 230 0 230
Steve Gruhn 360 15 210
Brittany Hippe 210 1 200
Dela Grey 200 1 190
Shelly Laws 210 5 160
Ruth Kvernplassen 150 0 150
“Linnea Shaw, Emma, Anna Torkleson” 140 0 140
“Daniel, Alaric Baird” 150 1 140
Eric Follett 180 4 140
“Tristan, Joyce Goodell” 130 0 130
“Gino, Jessica, Fiora, Nico Graziano” 140 2 120
“Randy Plant, Yukiko Hayano” 230 11 120
Tobyn Shaw 100 0 100
“Lia, Trudy, Lani, Bex, Kincaid, Duke Keller” 100 1 90
“Abram, Leah Goodstein” 80 0 80
Alex Adams 80 4 40
“Lisa Torkleson, Wendy Shaw” 60 3 30
AJ Seeber 160 17 -10
Phillip Stutzer 210 23 -20

Point-to-Point ‘White’ Course, 2.1 km, 10 controls

Teams

1) Joe, Mary, August Seeber, 27:00; 2) Loden, Maren, Anne Johnson, 35:00; 3) Calvin, Jared Gardner, 40:00; 4) Tiffany Ma, Barry, Abram Piser, 40:00; 5) Joseph Naufahn, 43:00; 6) Andy Olnes, 46:00; 7) Team Hayden, 50:02; 8) Laura, Brooke, Aly Long, 53:00; 9) Cristali Perdoma, Taylor Wright, August Terrell, time not recorded

Please join us Wednesday, July 19th for a training and a Bike-O at Kincaid Park. Check the links for details.

P.S. We would love your feedback! If you have criticisms, praise, suggestions, comments, or whatever – please let us know.

Orienteering Results

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Far North Bicentennial Park – Mile 1.1

Approximately 78 people enjoyed an evening of fun and challenging orienteering in Far North Bicentennial Park.

Thanks to the following volunteers for helping put on this meet: Lorena Knapp for course planning and setting and registration table; Anjaneete Steer for snacks and registration table, and Anne Billman for permitting, safety information and wildlife briefing.

Red, 5.9 km, 13 controls

Men

1) Cory Smith, 1:12:20; 2) Toby Schwörer, 1:13:36; 3) Ian Moore, 1:28:37; 4) Bill Spencer, 1:34:48; 5) Regan Sarwas, 2:07:32; 6) Jeremy Johnson, 3:25:05

Women

1) Jen Jolliff, DNF

Green, 4.6 km, 10 controls

Men

1) Dorn Van Dommelin, 1:13:35; 2) Eric Follett, 1:13:56; 3) Pete LaFrance, 1:18:55; 4) Steve Gruhn, 1:30:37; 5) Dan Billman, 1:42:00; 6) Mark Findlay, 2:19:30; 7) Dave Evans, DNF; 8) Dan Baird, DNF

Women

1) Agneta Kupilic, DNF; 2) Dela Grey, DNF

Team

1) Brian Durrell, Heidi Borson, Lars Borson, Booker Borson, 1:49:00; 2) Brittany Hippe, Ariel Hippe, Shelly Laws, 3:04:00

Orange, 4.2 km, 11 controls

Men

1) Liam Sarwas, 1:39:05; 2) Tobyn Shaw, 1:45:55; 3) Joe Kurtak, 1:47:20; 4) Paul LaFrance, DNF; 5) Andy Olnes, DNF

Women

1) Joyce Goodell, 2:10:38

Team

1) Steve McKeever, Tony Flores, 1:44:55; 2) Jill Follett, Meegan Soule, DNF; 3) Ivan Hodes, Lumi Hodes, DNF

Yellow, 2.5 km, 10 controls

Men

1) Springer Moore, 0:33:00; 2) Andy Olnes, 0:47:05

Women

1) Linnea Shaw, 0:53:05

Team

1) Randy Plant, Yukiko Hayano, 0:31:48; 2) Trudy Keller, Lia Keller, 0:36:53; 3) Gearhart, Dekreon, Fleisher, Pollitt, 0:48:14; 4) Terry Nunn, Jacob Nunn, Richard Parsons, Ben Joubert, 0:49:54; 5) Jenny Sheasley, Dick Sheasley, 0:56:20; 6) Diane Hirshberg, Corrie Whitmore, Baird Carlson, 1:01:00; 7) Diane Evans, Erin Freel, Timmy Freel, 1:01:05; 8) Bob and Giselle Bergeron, 1:06:20; 9) Mary Cullinan, Ed Cullinan, Laura Dirksen, Jordan Dirksen, 1:41:55; 10) Jen Strickland, Wendy Shaw, Lost Card; 11) Annie Luck, Barry Bruninan, DNF; 12) De Lewis, Lisbeth Berge, DNF

White, 1.7 km, 7 controls

Team

1) Laura Brooke, Aly Long, 0:25:15; 2) Diana Evans, Ellyn and Kennedy Brown, Erin and Timmy Freel, 0:34:35; 3) Vicky Parks, Ashley Lane, Jami Baehon, 1:51:00

This was a points race. Check out how you stand.

There is no orienteering next weekend due to the 4th of July. Please join us Wednesday, July 12th for a Score-O and pizza social at Russian Jack Park. Check the links for details.

P.S. We would love your feedback! If you have criticisms, praise, suggestions, comments, or whatever – please let us know.

Swamp-O Results

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Service High School

Eric and Jill’s Swamp-O meet was held at Service High School on a sunny Wednesday evening. There were no difficulties with mosquitoes, but at one control on the Red course, a spruce hen was aggressively protecting her chicks from intruders.

White course (2.3km, 8 control stations)

Women

1) Molly Connely, 51:00

Teams

1) Beth Freischer and Mike Pollitt, 44:00; 2) Laura, Brooke, and Aly Long, 49:00; 3) Joyce Goodell and Tristan Goodell, 50:22; 4) Cassie Stenehjem and Jackson Kincaid, 51:00; 5) Carey and Magnus Johnson and Colton and Lisa Hester, 1:05:00; 6) Kennedy and Ellyn Brown, 1:10:00.

Yellow course (2.8km, 10 control stations)

Men

1) Springer Moore, 46:08; 2) Andy Olnes, 1:05:10; 3) Dick Sheasley, 1:25:00

Women

1) Kathy Faryniaz, 1:11:00

Teams

1) Amy and Katie Cahalane, 42:48; 2) Logan and Jill Follett, 51:48; 3) Diana Evans and Erin and Timothy Freel, 1:02:50; 4) Randy Plant and Yuki Hayano, 1:03:00; 5) Ted and Donna Cahalane, 1:05:24; 6) Trudy, Lia, Kincaid, and Duke Keller, 1:08:46; 7) Erin Milan and Pam Butcher, 1:14:46; 8) Lydia, Matthew, and Naomi Green, 1:40:22; 9) Barry Bruninga and Annie Luck, 1:45:00; 10) Susan, Houston, and Jianxn Speckman, 1:52:00; 11) Mali and Jenny Redick, 1:53:56

Orange course (3.2km, 11 control stations)

Men

1) Bill Johnson, 50:48; 2) Philip Stutzer, 1:18:55; 3) Steve McKeever, 1:27:42; 4) Ivan Hodes, 1:32:45; 5) Liam Sarwas, 1:37:08

Women

1) Agneta Kupilik, 1:12:00; 2) Linda Smith, 1:22:32

Teams

1) Russell and Liam Hood, 56:25; 2) Brian Durrell and Ann Bruner, 1:19:25; 3) Ruth, Mike, Dave and Henry Kvernplassen, 1:30:00; 4) Leah and Abraham Goodstein, 1:50:00; 5) Barbara and Laura Crews and Heather Durtsch, 1:54:00; 6) Terry, Holly, Jacob, and Alan Nunn, 2:05:55

Green course (4.3km, 12 control stations)

Men

1) Steve Gruhn, 1:03:24; 2) Dave Evans, 1:09:13; 3) Jeremy Johnson, 1:15:00; 4) Jim Green, 1:19:30; 5) Dorn Van Dommelen, 1:36:34; 6) Mark Finlay, 1:52:02; 7) Peter Johnson, 2:18:35

Women

1) Karen Bronga, 1:44:10

Red course (4.7km, 12 control stations)

Men

1) Cory Smith, 47:34; 2) Toby Schwoerer, 49:45; 3) Ian Moore, 51:47; 4) Bill Spencer, 58:44; 5) Regan Sarwas, 1:43:55; 6) Brian Kirchner, 1:46:55; 7) Dan Baird, 1:57:34

Women

1) Jen Jolliff, 1:34:40; 2) Brittany Hippe, 2:05:10; 3) Lorene Knapp, 2:09:30; 4) Shelly Laws, 3:16:57

This was a points race. Check out how you stand.

Please join us Wednesday, June 21th for a Score-O at Ruth Arcand Park. Check the links for details.

P.S. We would love your feedback! If you have criticisms, praise, suggestions, comments, or whatever – please let us know.

Bartlett-O Results

Wednesday, June 07, 2017
Bartlett High School

Approximately 100 people enjoyed an evening of fun and orienteering At the Bartlett High Trails. Runners from all levels tried there luck and skill in the woods. There was a beginner class on compass use (helpful at any level).

Thanks to Dela Gray for putting on a fun criss-cross meet. Thanks also to Brittany Hippe and Shelly Laws for help with course set up and take down.

Red (4.4km, 19 controls)

Men

1) Cory Smith 35:58, 2) Tobias Schwörer 43:24, 3) Brian Kirchner 43:51, 4) Paul Carson 50:51, 5) Dan Baird 51:02, 6) Bill Spencer 53:34, 7) Dan Billman 54:13, 8) Regan Sarwas 55:02, 9) Mike Robinson 56:42

Team

1) Paul and Pete Lafrance 50:12

Green (3.5km, 15 controls)

Men

1) Jeremy Johnson 37:26, 2) Dorn Van Dommelan 48:40, 3) Dave Evans 49:10, 4) Steve Gruhn 49:36, 5) John Fritz 1:27:00

Women

1) Brittany Hippe 57:38, 2) Ariel Hippe 1:05:52, 3) Sarah Stanley 1:15:17

Orange (2.5km, 12 controls)

Men

1) Brian Kirchner 22:16, 2) Liam Sarwas 42:43, 3) Steve McKeever 53:36

Women

1) Karen Bronga 45:47, 2) Anne Billman 46:54, 3) Vicky Parks 1:21:34

Team

1) Noah Ravens, Peter Stiassny 27:35, 2) Lisbeth Berge, Leslie Kroloff, Sharon Smith 55:37, 3) Ivan, Lumi Hodes 1:08:05, 4) Rita Norton, Joyce Goodell, Kathy Faryniary 1:10:08, 5) Jenny, Richard Sheasley 1:16:09, 6) Jeff Haw, Abrahm, Leah Goodstein 1:21:00

Yellow (2.2km, 12 controls)

Men

1) Austin Carpenter 35:00, 1) Tobyn Shaw 35:00, 3) Conner Ehmann 39:14, 4) Joe Kurtak 49:28, 5) Andy Olnes 1:39:00

Team

1) Noah Ravens, Peter Stassny 35:00, 2) Randy Plant, Yukiko Hayano 36:00, 3) Russ Carpenter, Sophia Ehmann, Collette Carpenter, Teal Heller 37:00, 4) Pam, Erin 43:25, 5) Lia, Trudy Keller 44:00, 6) Linna, Wally Shaw 52:00, 7) Ruth, Henry Kvernplassen 54:00, 8) Erin, Timmy Fred, Diana Evans 58:00, 9) Mark Horston, Suzann Speekman, Nora, Jianxin Horston-Speekman 1:04:45, 10) Will, Ruth, Willie, Sarah Taygan 1:39:32

White (1.4km, 9 controls)

Team

1) Heather, Talia, Cory Smith 19:32, 2) Max, Quinn Jamieson 21:00, 3) Brooke, Aly, Laura, Rob Long 21:50, 4) Diana Evans, Erin Fred, Timmy Fred 22:27, 5) Jessica, Gino, Fiora, Nizo Graziano 27:30, 6) Beth, Ben, Mike Pollett, Connor Mike Hatchett 28:00, 7) Jason, Jess, Fian, Ahrell Walsh 43:00, 8) Darcy Dugan, Suvan, Kai Schwderer, Lief, Flynn, Anja O’Regan 49:44

This was a points race. Check out how you stand.

Please join us Wednesday, June 14th for a Traditional Meet at Service HS. Check the links for details.

P.S. We would love your feedback! If you have criticisms, praise, suggestions, comments, or whatever – please let us know.

Canceled – Meet Director & Volunteer Social – This Thursday

This event is canceled because last minute planning on our part led to an underwhelming number of RSVPs. We will figure out if we are going to hold it later in the season or plan some other event.

We are having a gathering to show our appreciation for our awesome meet directors and volunteers! Everyone is who is helping (or would like to help!) with an orienteering meet this season is invited to attend. We will discuss some of the finer points of putting on an orienteering meet, and help meet directors get the help they need for their events. For meet directors, it is an opportunity to get help wherever you need it (mapping software, course vetting, volunteers, etc.) For others, it is an opportunity to assist with a meet in whatever capacity you like. If you have been interested in helping out, but didn’t know where to start, this is the place! See the event details for more information.

We’ll have pizza and beverages from Moose’s Tooth.

Bivouac-O Results

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Bivouac Trailhead in Far North Bicentennial Park

Orienteer @ control

Photo by Chris Tomsen

Orienteer @ Control

Photo by Chris Tomsen

Fifty-three hardy souls faced intermittent rain and wind on Wednesday evening to participate in the weekly meet organized by the Arctic Orienteering Club. The orienteers explored the trails and woods of Far North Bicentennial Park on courses ranging from beginner to expert. Cory Smith won the men’s expert course with a time of 54 minutes and 27 seconds. Jen Jolliff won the women’s expert course with a time of 1:22:34. Many thanks to the club volunteers who make these meets possible.

Red (6.1km, 15 controls)

Men

1) Cory Smith 54:27, 2) Bill Spencer 1:06:35, 3) Ian Moore 1:06:46, 4) Gary Snyder 1:20:12, 5) Bill Johnson 1:23:40, 6) Peter Oswald 1:41:00, 7) Regan Sarwas 1:55:18

Women

1) Jen Jolliff 1:22:34

Green (4.6km, 12 controls)

Men

1) Dan Billman 1:00:36, 2) Steve Gruhn 1:05:13, 3) Dorn VanDommelen 1:17:55, 4) Jeremy Crawford 1:22:36, 5) Eric Follett 1:36:50, 6) Mark Findlay 2:00:16, 7) Dan Baird 2:03:20

Women

1) Anne Billman 1:35:08, 2) Sarah Stanley 2:34:48, 3) Dela Grey 2:41:10

Team

1) Diana & Dave Evans 1:02:50

Orange (4.2km, 12 controls)

Men

1) Jeremy Johnson 43:30, 2) Brian Kirchner 48:25, 3) Sean Arnold 1:02:38, 4) Liam Sarwas 1:09:11, 5) Paul LaFrance 1:20:54, 6) Philip Stutzer 1:47:40, 7) Steve McKeever 1:57:50, 8) Chris Tomsen 2:27:03

Women

1) Karen Bronga 1:10:08, 2) Lexi Hill 1:45:16

Team

1) Russell & Liam Hood 1:04:30, 2) Jill Follett & De Lewis 1:40:30, 3) Jennifer & Richard Sheasley 2:21:20

Yellow (3.6km, 12 controls)

Men

1) Springer Moore 53:34

Women

1) Giselle Bergeron 1:11:30

Team

1) Kai Davids Schell & Zoe Rodes 48:17, 2) Joyce Goodell & Kathy Faryniarz 61:30

White (1.8km, 12 controls)

Men

1) Stacy Moon 26:16

Team

2) Liam & Russell Hood 16:04, 2) Mali & Jenny Redick 36:50, 3) Laura & Brooke Long 48:48, 4) Mark Houson & Jianxin Houston-Speckman 54:30

This was a points race. Check out how you stand.

Please join us Wednesday, May 31st for a Traditional Meet at Fossil Creek. Check the link for details.

P.S. We would love your feedback! If you have criticisms, praise, suggestions, comments, or whatever – please let us know.