Orienteering at Kenston Intermediate School

Recap of Events

As part of an effort to increase awareness of orienteering as a sport, and to incorporate the many educational and problem- based learning aspects of the sport into the curriculum, NEOOC teamed up with 4th graders from Kenston Intermediate School to put on an orienteering event. In what we hope was the First Annual orienteering day, 200+ 4th graders and staff took part in orienteering in and around the building, and most teams completed four courses covering more than 2 miles distance travelled.

Students prepared with pre-orienteering materials in their classrooms, and completed practice problems solving mazes and orienteering inside a room to get aquatinted with relating the map to reality. A few instructional videos were used to enhance their knowledge of the sport itself, and they learned the importance or rotating the map, and orienting to north at all times.

Bob Boltz, map coordinator of NEOOC, had designed the custom Kenston Intermediate School map covering the grounds around the building, and laid out 4 courses each covering 9 controls over about 0.8km (800m) each. Andreas Johansson, NEOOC club member, and Director of Technology Integration at Kenston Schools, assisted with planning, teacher training, and supervision during the event. They had plenty of help from Kenston PTO to manage map exchanges and supervision around the building. A big thanks to Mr. Adam Fender, Principal at Kenston Intermediate School, for making it happen, and helping coordinating the event, and activities leading up to the very successful day.

Furthermore, the 4th grade students orienteering at KIS was part of a larger worldwide effort to set a new world record for World Orienteering Day (on or about May 11th, 2016), and their efforts were registered along with Kenston Middle School’s 8th grade students doing hot spot orienteering during a field trip to Washington, D.C., as well as the 7th graders orienteering while at 7th grade camp. In total, at least 650+ students and staff from Kenston Schools took part in World Orienteering Day activities, and were counted for the world record attempt.

We’re excited for the opportunities to build long-lasting relationships with the Kenston Schools, and look forward to holding many more orienteering events, including full campus sprint, cross country, and score events in the future.

Photos from 4th Grade Orienteering

Photo credits go to Josh Timmons, Tech Integration Specialist, and Andreas Johansson, Director of Technology at Kenston Local Schools.

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Race Results / Sippo Lake XC 22MAY2016

RECAP

First, let me thank Stark Parks for inviting us to partner with them on introducing orienteering to their public. In February, we conducted an evening lecture on the sport of orienteering and Sunday marked our first land event offered in their parks (we’ve used Walborn Reservoir previously).

In our 40th year, it is still exciting to inaugurate new venues.

Next, thank you to Bob Boltz for the many hours that he put in making NEOOC’s initial map of the area. Bob’s skill just keeps getting better and better. He’s significantly cut the time it takes him to arrive at a suitable orienteering map from the time of concept to the time of feet running the trails, fields and thickets, enjoying…. And thank you to Ivan Redinger, a former neighbor of Sippo for being the primary liaison with the park’s administrators and staff.

Finally, thank you to the day’s volunteers:

  • Ivan Redinger, Course Design and Setting (First time Course Design, I believe!!! Great
    work!)
  • Stephen Johnson, Event Director (First time Event Director!!! Great job!)
  • Wendy & Matthew Johnson, Registration
  • Olivia Johnson, Ken Witalis, Geno Gruszczynski, David John, Starters
  • Howard Montgomery, Finisher
  • Ivan Redinger, Charlotte Chung, Howard Montgomery, John Hoffman, Olivia Johnson, Ken Witalis, Control Collection

RESULTS

  • Weather: mostly sunny; temperature topping out at 64 (in essence: extreme hardship; we understand why some of you didn’t make it.)
  • Attendance: 59 participants braved the elements
  • Track: Mud-slick spots in places, but mostly firm.
White - Beginner

1 Moore & Beck                40:00:00
2 Jonathan Morris & Co.       43:00:00
3 Nate Hershman               44:00:00
4 Cathy & Tom Winters         55:00:00
5 Gina Cook & Co.             63:00:00
6 Matthew Moser               78:00:00
Yellow - Advanced Beginner Course: 13 controls 2.3 km
  1 Alex, Eva, Jude            NEO 36:25
  2 Wendy & Oliva Johnson          45:34
  3 Wes & Frank Mahne              47:13
  4 M. Wohlmead                    53:57
  5 Chuck St.John                  57:26
  6 Fran Kern                      57:28
  7 Tomlinson                      63:59
  8 Tom-Jack Loya                  77:21
    Bettac Family                  DNF        (did not punch 39)
    David John                     DNF        (punched 39 instead of 40 and vice versa)

Orange - Intermediate Course: 14 controls 3.9 km
  1 Sanae Rogers                   65:28
  2 Johnson & Witalis              77:40
  3 Jason Karger                   99:50
  4 M. Wohlwood                    123:22

Green - Short Advanced Course: 16 controls 4.6 km
  1 Andreas Johansson              45:09
  2 Fred Mailey                NEO 57:18
  3 Vera Yodivina                  72:48
    Dominic Conte                  DNF        (No Start punch)

Red - Longer Advanced Course: 18 controls 5.2 km
  1 Todd Pownell                   50:47
  2 Bob Boltz                      52:40
  3 Caleb Freeman                  67:27
  4 Dan Freeman                    67:36
  5 Charlotte Chung                70:27
  6 Rich Perrenoud                 73:14
  7 Randy Mitchell             NEO 77:45
  8 John Hoffman                   79:09
  9 Gil Even                       83:06
 10 Richard Davies                 103:27

PHOTOS

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RESOURCES