Items of interest to New England orienteers
Discounted Early Registration is now open for the "O in the Oaks 2011" A-Meet to be held on April 15, 16, 17, 2011. This event features the US Interscholastic Champs and the US Intercollegiate Champs.
Orienteering USA has chosen NEOC member Samantha Saeger as 2010 Orienteer of the Year. Samantha was judged by OUSA to be "the best U.S. orienteer in 2010, based on results at national and international events." The OUSA site has a nice synopsis of Samantha's "most dominant year."
by Carl Underwood
I would like to first thank the New England Orienteering Club for their generous grant that helped cover some of my traveling expenses to the Junior World Orienteering Championships this past summer in Denmark.
My adventure started towards the end of June when my father and I drove to Westover Air Reserve Base to catch a flight to Germany and then to Aalborg. We are able to fly with the military, to many locations around the world, because my father is retired from the Army. Even though it can be convenient, this time our plans were changed, making it a little more difficult. Rather than flying to Germany, we ended up flying to Rota, Spain. Fortunately my father planned for this and booked for me, in advance, a Ryan Air flight going from Sevilla to Århus, Denmark the next day. After I got to Århus I took a bus to the train station and then got on a train heading to Aalborg.
NEOC members Samantha Saeger and Ross Smith (yes, CSU is his primary club, but Ross is also a NEOC member) handily bested their fields at the two-day U.S. Classic Championships. The races were held by the Empire Orienteering Club at Lake Moreau, NY on October 16 & 17. Complete results are on the meet website.