76 individuals enjoyed what had to be the most spring like, most beautiful day yet this year. Folks traveled from ICO, CCO, and MVOC (Indianapolis, Columbus and Dayton). The Wilmington College Orienteering Club, as well as the Hamilton High School NJROTC, arrived in force.
Mother Nature bestowed a gift of sunshine and temperatures well-above average. It was down right heavenly. No one was in a hurry to leave. Conversations erupted around and about the shelters occupied by the oddly attired and curiously mellow group of humans. Many remained to enjoy the park at a slower pace or from a more inspiring vantage point.
The ground remained saturated through to the bedrock with rain from storms long past and the melting product of several layers of snow. That morning, event organizers experienced the sensation of jogging on an icy and crunchy crust of earth sliding over a lower slippery membrane of mud. Later that day the competitors found the same ground to be a soupy mass of slime. This was evident from the clothing of those impervious individuals. This obviously added to the fun, which they wore like a badge of accomplishment.
Harbin Park consists of a wide variety of terrain. The southern half is a collection of open meadows separated by hidden dry-ditches covered in vegetation so thick I heard them referred to as hedgerows. The runability in this part of the park is well invited by all levels of competition but the beginner and intermediate courses are truly at home here. The northern half of the park consists of dense and open forest laying over a system of ridges and reentrants that enhance the challenge that orienteering has to offer. Various portions of the forest contain meandering (and some say down right confusing) mountain bike trails and the occasional massive tree (7 – 8 feet in diameter). Harbin is perhaps the most beautiful and friendly mapped park in the area. If you have not yet been there, you truly must give it a look.
The competition was head to head! As you look at the results you may discern many very-hot races; differentiated by only seconds, not minutes. On the Yellow course the top two Hamilton High teams were narrowly separated by 21 seconds, Hume & Baker taking the prize over Schweinfest & Fugate. “If only…”, I hear them pondering now. Next time is another time.
Also on yellow, Katie Williams tried her hand at soloing one course up from her previous comfort level. She was bested by the gang from Wilmington College. However, with a margin of 49 seconds, I think even the collegiates will symbolically tip their hat to the nine year old.
On the Orange course Jason Horn mastered Eric Tullis by a mere 68 seconds, while Eric held off the top Hamilton High team by only 140 seconds himself. Congratulations to Jeremy Smith & Jacob Carrao on an outstanding performance! The next two Hamilton High teams were less than 2% apart in total time. We could not have designed a more exciting finish.
The Brown course (Oh my god, the brown course) offered the closest finishing times. OCIN’s own Mike Minium overthrew ROKS top contender, David Frederick, by a margin of 40 seconds! David held on for the longest time, beating the best that OCIN had to offer until Mike vanquished the young man. Close behind David were Bill Swift and Warren Mandrell, virtually neck and neck. The two were only separated by a matter of 3 seconds. (Warren, why’d you stop for that water, dude?) If that wasn’t close enough, Vince Hand wedged a victory over Bob Frey by 2 simple seconds!
The Red course offered the same tight competition. Jason Horn subdued Aaron Rourke by a dozen clicks of the clock.
This was the second consecutive event hosted by the Badin High School Orienteering club (ROKS). They will be hosting their last event of the spring season on April 3rd at Rentschler Park. If you enjoyed yourself these past two weeks, then by all means favor them with your return visit in April.
The Badin crew consisted of:
Thanks to all that partook.
Coach, Badin ROKS
White Course, 1.55 km length, 40 m. climb, 12 controls
1 15:27 OCIN William Dickenson, Chris Fairchild 2 32:01 OCIN Harry, Nancy, and Daniel Turner 3 34:05 MVOC Sharon and Ben Bond 4 41:48 Jeanne and Mike Rieches 5 71:46 Wen Zhu
Yellow Course, 2.64 km, 55 m. climb, 13 controls
1 16:26 ROKS Mike Benge 2 29:59 ROKS Joe Moran 3 32:58 OWC Josh Bluck, Jillian Williams, & Natalia Fetter 4 45:40 HHS NJROTC Hume & Baker 5 46:01 HHS NJROTC Schweinfest & Fugate 6 50:14 OWC Julia Bailey, Greg Garland, & Chet Linebaugh 7 51:03 OCIN Katie Williams 8 54:03 HHS NJROTC Reichers & Elkin 9 62:17 HHS NJROTC Morey & Rolfes 10 73:00 ROKS Christina Fohl 11 74:20 Steve, Susan, & Becky Miller, and Chris Taylor 12 77:32 OCIN Harts 13 78:20 Steve Brown untimed Lisa Price
Orange Course, 3.80 km, 135 m. climb, 20 controls
1 53:12 Jason Horn 2 54:20 ICO Eric Tullis 3 56:40 HHS NJROTC Jeremy Smith & Jacob Carrao 4 62:32 ROKS Mike Benge 5 70:23 ROKS Kyle Kollstedt 6 99:56 OCIN Marion Lytle & Joyce Whalen 7 104:56 ICO Frank & Frankie Baukert 8 140:00 HHS NJROTC Merida & Miller 9 142:47 HHS NJROTC Gibson & Retherford 10 176:22 MVOC Mike Berna & Cory DNF HHS NJROTC Apodaca & Blankenship
Brown Course, 4.20 km, 40 m. climb, 18 controls
1 38:42 OCIN Mike Minium 2 39:22 ROKS David Frederick 3 41:27 OCIN Bill Swift 4 41:30 OCIN Warren Mandrell 5 57:10 Gerald Yip 6 60:38 OCIN Vince Hand 7 60:40 OCIN Bob Frey 8 66:10 ROKS Jen Meehan 9 69:38 OCIN Dick Arnett 10 74:10 OCIN Claire Dell 11 90:50 COO Alexander Preobrazhensky 12 91:32 MVOC Brad Stork
Red Course, 6.25 km, 195 m. climb, 19 controls
1 69:59 Jason Horn 2 70:10 OCIN Aaron Rourke 3 72:57 MVOC Larry Berna 4 85:33 OCIN Todd & Susan Henson 5 87:48 OCIN Kevin Mitchell 6 88:37 Dave Click 7 96:47 OCIN Matthew Robbins 8 101:57 OCIN John Wyrick and Family 9 124:06 OCIN Victoria Huseman DNF MVOC Tom Svobodny
COO = Central Ohio Orienters, Columbus, OH
HHS = Hamilton High School, Hamilton, OH
ICO = Indiana Crossroads Orienteering Club, Indianapolis, IN
MVOC = Miami Valley Orienteering Club, Dayton, OH
OCIN = Orienteering Cincinnati
OWC = Orienteering Club, Wilmington College, OH
ROKS = Rams Orienteering Klub, Badin High School, Hamilton,OH
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