Gunston Hall

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Next event: Saturday April 30 on the Granite area map of Patapsco Valley State Park.

A superb Washington-area spring day--sunny, mid-70s, low humidity--was the perfect environment for the inaugural orienteering event at Gunston Hall. Tom Strat finished off over a year of work to map the area by providing the club with a great set of courses that combined the open fields around the entrance road and the Hall itself with open, steep terrain in the very north and rather dense and challenging ground in the south. We had 200 orienteers go out on one or more of the courses with many first-timers among them. Additionally, many participants availed themselves of the opportunity to tour the Hall and learn a bit about one of the less well known of the Founding Fathers, George Mason.

And this event is only part of an ongoing expansion of areas available for orienteering use on Mason Neck. Tom Strat is continuing to map the area of the Gunston Hall property that lies west of Gunston Road and that abuts areas of Mason Neck State Park north of Kane's Creek. This work will open up a substantial tract of land for orienteering not previously mapped and to which we have not had viable access. So we have the exciting prospect of new areas on Mason Neck available for O-meets and the potential for combining sections of the various parks/properties in the area for orienteering purposes.

Returning the subject to yesterday's meet, and on behalf of all the event participants, I would like to thank the volunteers who put on the event: On registration, Rae Ann Hicks, Ben Bloschock, Bill Vienna, Gary Smith and Matt Holman; our trainers, Mark Hicks, Bill Wright, and Paul Hession; and gathering in the controls to finish up the event, John Organek, Kim Jepsen, Laura Holian, Aaron Linville, and Sidney Sachs. Thanks also to Jeremy Gillespie and the cadets (and QOC members) of the Loudon County High School NJROTC battalion, Nick Schaefer, Nate Rexroad, Shaw Smith, Ian Evans, Nathan Rodriguez, Tom Wetherell, Christian Tschida, Turner Leigh, and Brody Slusher. They did good work at registration, in managing parking issues, and in helping in the tear-down of the event. Rae Ann and Mark Hicks were also good enough to loan their tent shelters for club use during the event. And, of course, Valerie and Amy (aided by Sara Lemanski), who always get to the events early and leave late, once again made the set-up and execution of QOC's advanced e-punch operations and display capabilities look easy.

Thanks also to Gunston Hall's director, Scott Stroh and action officer for this event, Lacey Villiva, whose responsiveness and encouragement of orienteering at Gunston Hall greatly aided the planning and execution of the event. Lacey also successfully completed the yellow course. And in an unanticipated informal survey, the owner of zPizza and Quizno's reported that at least this time QOC orienteers seemed to favor Quizno's by a large margin for their post-event snacking - perhaps pizza is preferred when the weather is colder?

Finally, congratulations to QOC members Aaron Linville and Laura Holian who are getting married on May 1st.

-Charles Carrick, Event Director


Course Length: 1.6 km

Course Climb: 5 m

Number of Controls: 10

1Thomas WetherellLoudoun Co NJROTC13:36
2Timothy Gifford & Joe21:34
3Nicole AleksievaQOC22:32
4Patrick HessionQOC26:00
5Gavin Weise & Sarah MoultonQOC27:28
6Raymond Bauer & Lauren & Rachael33:21
7Bill Marvin & Lisa33:51
8Stephanie PrattQOC37:12
9Ksenia UlianovaQOC38:30
10 BSA Troop 759 & Joseph & Logen & John & Ed & Edwin44:57
11May Joy GrenierQOC85:30
12Monica Bur & Mila110:19
13Valerie Meyer & just for funQOCNC (11:09)


Course Length: 2.5 km

Course Climb: 45 m

Number of Controls: 13

1Christian TschidaLoudoun Co NJROTC28:35
2Thomas WetherellLoudoun Co NJROTC29:17
3Reiko RagerQOC31:22
4Nathan RodriguezLoudoun Co NJROTC32:12
5Sarah Moulton34:19
6Ian EvansLoudoun Co NJROTC34:30
7Caleb Withers43:14
8Justin Eisenback & Tina Moore47:03
9Joe Gifford & Timothy & 2nd course51:15
10Gilbert Juarez & Amanda & Cyndi & Robert52:04
11Lacey Villiva & Gunston Hall53:11
12Edwin Simonson & Malin53:56
13Hannah Simonson & Johnny54:20
14Summer OliverQOC56:09
15Charlie Cake56:40
16Rachel Bauer & Lauren & Ray & second course57:05
17Grady Jinks57:07
18Daniel Knapik & Andre57:34
19Kyle Jinks57:42
20Sammi PhillipsQOC59:27
21Edwin BSA Troop 579 & Logan & John & Ed & Joe & 2nd course60:45
22Dave NicholasQOC65:44
23Gregg Schwieterman & Caiden & Oliver & Berkeley69:43
24Bill EllisQOC72:07
25Ariana DickeyQOC72:53
26Chris Gomez82:44
27Eric Bauer82:48
28Felix Pellegrino82:51
29Yesenia Capela & Miguel & Brandon85:10
30Douglas Swigert & Abigail Swigert88:34
31Toby Young & Joshua & Alec97:33
32Anna Nichols & Paul98:24
33David Denver Dan WrightDNF (55:12)


Course Length: 3.7 km

Course Climb: 85 m

Number of Controls: 17

1Nicholas SchaeferLoudoun Co NJROTC40:47
2Nate RexroadLoudoun Co NJROTC47:35
3Matt HolmanQOC52:32
4James Moffett58:16
5Michelle Fish & sean wilsonQOC66:02
6Scott Sharp & Charles NorthQOC75:38
7Florence TanQOC76:44
8 Morningstar Family of 281:16
9Laura HolianQOC84:01
10Nicholas Turza85:56
11Dave Nicholas & 2nd courseQOC94:50
12Andrew Steel & JenniferQOC100:58
13Justin Eisenback & Tina Moore & 2nd course101:44
14Chris Sharp Becky WhiteQOC113:12
15Rene CoughenourQOC117:17
16John Green & Katherina & Alison & Christine119:21
17V HutchinsonQOC122:07
18Courtney SheldenQOC125:54
19Philip Walsh & Anya Tobler127:52
20Allison ElderQOC132:16
21Remata Knapik & Flaeia & Flavia132:27
22Breck Reitter & Jacob Stettes137:58
23Zachary HoughtonQOC139:20
24Alexander HoughtonQOC139:22
25Patrick HessionQOCDNF
25Karla HulettQOCMP (114:01)


Course Length: 3.7 km

Course Climb: 85 m

Number of Controls: 11

1Alexis MerkaQOC43:20
2Robert FawcettQOC46:25
3Tim PiergalskiQOC46:27
4Diana AleksievaQOC49:00
5Edward EnsonQOC56:48
6Sidney SachsQOC58:06
7Tim CholkoQOC58:33
8Bobbie VerdegaalQOC59:19
9John StudachQOC71:26
10Boyan OnyshkevychQOC89:59
11Lynne & Henry ClemoQOC93:45
12Pete McLaughlinDVOA95:01
13Richard Williams & Charlie & Paul98:16
14Rae Ann HicksQOC98:26
15Thomas & Karen Osterhoudt121:45
16Daniel HeimgartnerQOC125:22
17Daniel LathropQOCDNF
17Bill WrightQOCMP (49:12)
17Tom SmerlingQOCMP (68:31)
17Steve Van WinkleMP (71:02)
17Joshua King & ArchanaMP (108:52)


Course Length: 5.3 km

Course Climb: 130 m

Number of Controls: 14

1Mihai G SirbuQOC60:33
2Greg LennonQOC60:58
3Gavin WeiseQOC61:47
4Dave ConnollyQOC63:16
5Mark HicksQOC68:53
6Roman EnsonQOC69:03
7Sam ListwakQOC69:09
8Shaw SmithLoudoun Co NJROTC80:10
9Gary SmithQOC81:09
10Rob WhitestoneQOC81:43
11Patrick FarleyQOC82:41
12Frantisek BrabecQOC85:26
13Michael Bur86:07
14Gogi KalkaQOC87:43
15Gomes Knapik89:46
16Valerie MeyerQOC89:56
17Paul HessionQOC94:30
18Thomas Teifke98:32
19Patricia MaceQOC98:57
20Rob BriberQOC102:55
21Richard StuartBOK104:28
22Mark MaceQOC106:37
23Petya AleksievaQOC107:43
24Kim CouranzQOC111:21
25Don FishQOC113:05
26John VincentPatuxent NJROTC116:54
27Travis GreenQOC143:09
28Suzanne SheldenQOC144:35
29Craig SheldenQOC144:58
30David Collins148:15
31Amy LoudenQOC157:24
32Lydia AndrewsQOCDNF (84:42)
32Andrew Mcgill & Margaret McgillQOCDNF (109:55)
32Kathleen LennonQOCMP (68:32)
32Brody SlusherLoudoun Co NJROTCMP (81:29)
32Tom Smerling & 2nd courseQOCMP (92:45)
32Wendy WQOCMP (110:46)


Course Length: 7.1 km

Course Climb: 175 m

Number of Controls: 20

1Amber TomasQOC65:25
2Jared SilkQOC78:10
3Nicholas GrenierQOC83:02
4Andrew Mason & Julie MasonCOC100:41
5Turner LeighLoudoun Co NJROTC101:38
6Bill ViennaQOC116:46
7Virginia DeBonsQOC127:32
8Steve MonesQOC166:10
9Joshua Williamson & Tim ChoateQOC186:35
10Kim JepsenQOCDNF (76:03)
10Jan MerkaQOCDNF (76:58)
10Adam SmithQOCMP (81:26)
10John BakerQOCMP (104:18)


Course Length: 8.1 km

Course Climb: 200 m

Number of Controls: 25

1Jon TorranceQOC63:00
2Chris GrossDVOA72:39
3Videlin AleksievQOC80:27
4Thomas CochraneQOC84:45
5Eugene TsypnyatovQOC88:50
6Yuriy BulkaQOC89:20
7Tom NolanQOC90:45
8Dave PrudenQOC96:46
9Norbert LinkeQOC98:42
10Aaron LinvilleQOC103:34
11Jeremy DebonsQOC106:22
12Neal AttfieldQOC107:01
13Michael WoodQOC120:45
14John OrganekQOC127:58
15Ben BloschockQOC160:01
16Justin DuheQOCDNF (148:50)
16Victor LinQOCMP (81:56)
16John MillerQOCMP (139:07)

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).