Prince William Forest Park

High winds on Sunday and the forecast that they would continue, not to mention the park rangers' safety concerns, forced the cancellation of that day's courses (perhaps we'll see them next season) but we - juniors, QOC members and visitors from afar - still got in a good day of training on Saturday and a challenging night-O. Somewhat more challenging than necessary, it seems, though the 5 minutes or so of whiteout while just about everyone was out on course must have been responsible for some portion of people's difficulties on course. It was my first set of night-O courses and the results suggest, despite the contribution from the snow squall, I should probably dial back the difficulty of the intermediate course somewhat and offer a shorter advanced course than the shortest that was available on Saturday if and when I set courses for another such event. Nevertheless, everyone made it out of the woods and back to the finish no later than a minute of so after the stated course closure time - well done, all!

Thanks to Boris Granovskiy, for organizing the junior training, and to his several assistants in keeping it on an even keel on Saturday. Thanks to Thierry Gueorgiou and Johan Hamelius, our remote guest course setters for the training exercises both juniors and adults ran on Saturday afternoon. Specially intense thanks to Florence Tan and Tom, Addie and Mei-An Nolan for rising to the significant challenge of feeding all the participants in the junior training camp. Amy Louden provided e-punch results for the night-O and Valerie Meyer showed up despite conditions on Sunday and provided the same service for the impromptu indoor ultra-sprint event with which we closed the junior training. John Baker and Daniel Heimgartner took care of registration for the night-O. Scott Sharp, denied actual courses in his first turn as event director, nevertheless had to deal with all the preparations for Sunday, with making the call to cancel, and with packing up to vacate the camp - better luck next time with the weather. And lastly, Victoria and Jon Campbell, John Organek, Keg Good and John Baker to date have picked up controls from the Sunday courses (with a few more left to retrieve that weren't easily accessible with some roads in the park closed by downed trees so that list may grow). Thank you all.

Jon Torrance

Next event: Feb 22, Patapsco/Hilton-Glen Artney area: A full set of classic courses PLUS an UltraLong (16+ km). The UltraLong requires pre-registration, which closes Friday Feb. 27 at midnight; event webpage here, registration link here.


Course Length: 3.3 km

Course Climb: 150 m

Number of Controls: 9

1Misha LipatovHVO31:40
2Diana AleksievaQOC56:30
3James BillingtonQOC61:39
4Patrick HessionQOC65:55
5Sara LemanskiQOC67:44
6Anthony Gray72:09
7Anna CampbellQOC75:02
8Courtney SheldenQOC104:30
9Daniel SheldenQOC104:44
10Craig SheldenQOC105:02
11Blake ChiovaroFUMADNF (50:20)
11Luke AntesbergerFUMADNF (50:20)
11David MuenchFUMADNF (50:23)
11Zach WilliamsFUMADNF (50:27)
11Heather McDowellDNF (128:22)


Course Length: 3.9 km

Course Climb: 180 m

Number of Controls: 7

1Robert & Rebecca RichQOC164:52
2Kathryn MichelsQOCDNF
2Julia SchmerbergQOCDNF
2James ThullQOCDNF
2Noah ShashatyFUMADNF (69:28)
2Zach MillerFUMADNF (69:35)
2Nate IloriFUMADNF (69:37)
2Helena Mora-JensenQOCDNF (80:39)
2Neil EwachiwDNF (111:50)
2Jennifer WernerQOCDNF (133:32)
2Mark & Rae Ann HicksQOCDNF (167:52)

Short Advanced

Course Length: 4.8 km

Course Climb: 230 m

Number of Controls: 10

1Kseniya PopovaHVO74:42
2Amber TomasQOC82:05
3Hannah CulbergCOC82:59
4Clay RoFUMA99:22
4Colin BeverageFUMA99:22
5Benjamin RobertsQOC100:01
6Jack WeiselFUMA100:45
7Tom StratQOC130:17
8Victoria CampbellQOC130:30
9Neal AttfieldQOC144:25
10Robert HartQOCDNF
10Ben ChiovaroFUMADNF (89:12)
10Sean BrownDNF (144:30)
10Jody LandersQOCDNF (166:07)
10John BakerQOCMP (136:24)

Medium Advanced

Course Length: 6.6 km

Course Climb: 355 m

Number of Controls: 12

1Videlin AleksievQOC115:27
2Erin Schirm132:41
3Emma Pihl SkoogDNF
3Glen GibsonQOCDNF (89:05)
3Aaron Linville Laura HolianQOCDNF (116:52)
3Howie WeinsteinQOCDNF (141:08)

Long Advanced

Course Length: 7.9 km

Course Climb: 425 m

Number of Controls: 14

1Boris GranovskiyQOC97:02
2Bryan GarmanQOC106:41
3Shane HagermanQOC219:27
4Victor LinQOCDNF (99:26)
4Thomas ShortDNF (110:40)
4Jeremy Kinsell Paul MorrisQOCDNF (200:47)

Abbreviations: DNF = did not finish, MP = mispunch, NC = non-competitive (usually 2nd course or course setter/vetter), OT = overtime (more than 3 hours or returned after course closing time).