Lake Needwood

Course results can be seen below. Splits are available on Attackpoint or Winsplits. To enter your routes and see how others went, head to RouteGadget.

Well, the weather looked unpromising at first, but the weather gods smiled and by 11:00 the rain stopped and never returned. It was a cool but humid day; one Brazilian orienteer remarked that “This is just like orienteering in Brazil!” (i.e. the rainforest?) Luckily, the ground was a bit wet but not a lot of much or standing water. Everybody seemed to come back happy.
In the end, we had 147 people, 111 starts, which is pretty good given the rain, plus competition from the Billy Goat Meet (where many QOC stalwarts went), and of course Mothers’ Day. As a first-time Event Director, I had my doubts about remembering all the details, but so many volunteers stepped forward – over 20, veterans and novices both – that it was hard to go wrong.
Special shout-out to:

  • Peggy Dickison who set the course, even though she was going up for the Billy Goat.
  • Don Fish, who filled in for Peggy Sunday morning, rising early to set out the last 10 controls, and helping me figure out how to set everything up. Don also coached me during much of the planning and set up, reassuring me that, in the end, it would all work out. And he was right!
  • Sam Listwak, not only showed up very early, to help with set-up, but left then came back at the end of the day to help with control pickup, and take over as substitute Event Director after 4:00, when I had to rush back for Mother’s Day Dinner. Knowing Sam would be there at beginning and end allowed me to sleep better the night before.
  • Erin Brandt was also kind enough to come very early, laid out the entire buffet of snacks, and got us started cutting watermelon!
  • Florence Tan, who worked long and hard at registration, and helped reorganize all the food and supplies so we could find things.
  • Suzanne Izzo who supervised the 1st shift of registration.
  • Kathleen Lennon who supervised 2nd shift registration, and helped put everything away.
  • David Simpson, a first-time volunteer who bravely stepped in to handle the Member registration. Go David!
  • Michael Dickey and Rick Oliver who alternated between ably instructing the beginners, and helping out with whatever was needed.
  • Richard Briggs who served double duty: Brought a big bowl of potato salad, which was vacuumed up in less than an hour and stepped in to relieve me as the grill cook.
  • Ben Roberts who helped with clean-up/pack up, which was far more work than I imagined.
  • Craig Sheldon who helped organize the control pickup, and pack up the controls.
  • The entire pickup crew: Chris Puin, Ann Jepson, Kim Jepson, Dan Quinn, Adam Smith and Rich, Catherine & Garrett Fulton. Some other people also stepped in to help; sorry if I’ve missed anybody.
  • Mike Newman who nobly obtained and paid for the permit.
  • Finally, of couse MD VP Tom Nolan and Volunteer Coordinator extraordinaire Heidi Onkst who both promptly and cheerfully answered all my endless emailed questions….without once giving into the temptation to say, “Go look it up in the Event Director’s Guide, you idiot!”
No doubt I’ve missed some folks, especially the many who just pitched in spontaneously or offered to volunteer but weren’t needed. Any omissions or errors are mine.
-Tom Smerling


Course Length: 2.1 km

Course Climb: 85 m

Number of Controls: 8

1Eavan CoadyQOC45:19
2Malachi CoadyQOC47:21
3Neala Coady48:41
4Family DeMille & Romano75:53
5 Team Fuey83:46
6Lizzie Fink & Bob & TinaDVOADNF (58:16)
6 Liam Christopherson & Troop 497MP (80:13)


Course Length: 2.6 km

Course Climb: 85 m

Number of Controls: 8

1Reiko RagerQOC39:23
2Steve MonesQOC46:56
3Vincent MartinQOC50:02
4Carol FinkDVOA54:29
5Tolik Kuznetsov & Yulia Kuznetsov59:52
6Henry Dusenbury & Dodie & John66:08
7Hugo Estrada & AlexQOC71:11
8Jasmine Pham & Long PhamQOC72:33
9YC ChenQOC81:08
10Radka HerndonQOC82:50
11Tim McCormick84:57
12Simona Sirbu & Guillaume Cheron & Ligia CheronQOC93:58
13Louis Novack & Mike MessinaQOC120:24
14Ariana DNF
14Howell DesiertoQOCDNF (113:37)


Course Length: 5.5 km

Course Climb: 175 m

Number of Controls: 12

1Jon FinkQOC51:50
2Jack Meuse57:00
3Christopher Clarke & Noah Fisher57:06
4Einar OlsenQOC69:13
5David Doherty & ClaireQOC70:07
6Philip Walsh76:08
7Eric Damtoft & Sara MosesQOC89:56
8Henry Dusenbury & Dodie & John97:14
9Chris Sharp Becky WhiteQOC119:14
10Chen Tihan & Tingjun Ma125:27
11Yoko Tanaka140:46
12Beth Ann StasiowskiQOC143:49
13Renee JohnsonQOC162:41
14Jeffrey JohnsonQOC163:00
15James Radko & Belinda & Nathan & AmandaDNF (96:27)
15Lisa & David SimpsonQOCMP (76:32)
15Nils Layrisse & Marin &Timeo & Florence & ManoelMP (93:42)


Course Length: 2.4 km

Course Climb: 100 m

Number of Controls: 8

1Mark MaceQOC43:31
2David Rager & silasQOC48:55
3Craig SheldenQOC56:03
4Maggie PrudenQOC58:27
5Michelle JenningsQOC65:55
6Amy LoudenQOC73:03
7Karen Butler & Ellen LaWallQOC125:24
8Christopher PuinQOCDNF (81:33)


Course Length: 4.2 km

Course Climb: 165 m

Number of Controls: 11

1Jillian DohertyQOC44:14
2Dagmar MerkovaQOC61:48
3Mary SnieckusQOC62:13
4Bob FinkDVOA63:14
5Scott SharpQOC66:38
6Andrew Bennett68:30
7Edward EnsonQOC74:13
8David McIntireQOC74:34
9Nicholas TurzaQOC80:47
10Richard BriggsQOC83:02
11Petya AleksievaQOC84:23
12Gary SmithQOC84:42
13Helen DohertyQOC85:17
14Elina Desierto87:05
15Cecilia LandersQOC91:41
16Michelle SvobodaQOC98:26
17Pete McLaughlinQOC101:34
18Sophia Hu & Shanna Sorrells109:04
19Mike NewmanQOC113:17
20Suzanne IzzoQOC152:22


Course Length: 5.6 km

Course Climb: 180 m

Number of Controls: 16

1Tom WellsQOC64:00
2Jan MerkaQOC64:28
3Martins Jonass69:34
4Alexis MerkaQOC69:54
5Tom StratQOC71:17
6Cash CostelloQOC73:19
7Joe SehnalQOC76:14
8Mihai G SirbuQOC76:21
9Jody LandersQOC76:30
10Anne JepsenQOC78:00
11Dennis DohertyQOC79:34
12Charles CarrickQOC85:28
13Gogi KalkaQOC89:49
14Frantisek BrabecQOC96:59
15Ryan CollinsQOC100:18
16Julie KeimSVO100:28
17Doris LeeQOC102:45
18Hideharu Tanaka107:53
19Florence TanQOC124:11
20Jane LeggettQOC128:49
21Paul CollinsonQOC130:13
22Jan ZichaQOCDNF (154:32)


Course Length: 6.8 km

Course Climb: 200 m

Number of Controls: 17

1Rick OliverQOC61:58
2Adam SmithQOC64:25
3Daniel QuinnQOC64:52
4Gavin WeiseQOC67:39
5Kim JepsenQOC69:21
6Howie WeinsteinQOC76:52
7Diana AleksievaQOC91:13
8Evgueni Belyi108:25
9John MillerQOC109:12
10Katia VolonsevichQOC120:21
11Michael Kholodov136:37
12Jared SilkQOCMP (85:10)
12Conner FrostQOCMP (85:45)


Course Length: 8.4 km

Course Climb: 285 m

Number of Controls: 26

1Michael DickeyQOC75:09
2Osmir De AssumpcaoQOC75:22
3Ryan StasiowskiQOC76:45
4Victor LinQOC78:38
5Glen GibsonQOC83:49
6Tom NolanQOC87:59
7Videlin AleksievQOC98:40
8Michael StasiowskiQOC103:31
9Bill JohnsLoudoun Co NJROTCDNF (172:46)

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).