2012 is barely 100 days old but it's already been a very active year for orienteering in the USA!
US Individual and Trail Orienteering Champs Highlights
Congratulations to all the orienteers who competed in the 2012 US Individual Champs held April 13 – 15 in Carrolton, GA and hosted by the Georgia Orienteering Club. Gold medal highlights include:
Senior, Junior and Trail World Championship Squads Announced
Sprint: M21 – Eddie Bergeron, F21 – Alison Crocker
Middle: M21 – Boris Granovskiy, F21 – Alison Crocker
Long: M21 – Eric Bone, F21 – Alison Crocker
Trail (Provisional results): Open – Russell Pilcher, Paralympic – David Irving
The following athletes have been selected by their teams to represent the USA as this summer’s World Orienteering, World Junior Orienteering and World Trail Orienteering Championships. Congratulations all!
: Eddie Bergeron, Eric Bone, Ross Smith, Giacomo Barbone, Boris Granovskiy, Alison Crocker, Samantha Saeger, Hannah Burgess, Alex Jospe and Sandra Lauenstein. Also selected were alternates: Jordan Laughlin, Wyatt Riley, Ken Walker, Pavlina Brautigam and Cristina Luis
Andrew Childs, Nathaniel Lyons, Carl Underwood, Ethan Childs, John Hensley Williams, Theodore Fong, Meg Parson; Alternates: Nathan Ohrwaschel, Joe Barrett, Zac Barker
Open: Sharon Crawford, Mike Poulsen
, Richard Y. Ebright;
Para: David Irving, Cathy Yekenevicz
, Glen Cafferty
You can support Team USA by visiting www.orienteeringusa.org
. Click on “Support Orienteering” and the “Give Direct” button.
Clubs Getting Behind Team USA
As you know, April is Team USA month and we are asking clubs to provide a portion of their starts revenue to support the team. Thanks to the Columbia River Orienteering Club, New England Orienteering Club and the Quantico Orienteering Club for their generosity and leadership. Who will get behind Team USA next?
News You Can Use: Your Ranking Stats
If you haven't checked the OUSA Rankings
pages in the last month or so, you owe yourself a visit to see the additional data now available for all your recent A-Meet runs. Check out the ability to see event Results
, Find Orienteers
by name or club, see overall course ranking Statistics
, or request Virtual Patches
April OUSA Board Meeting Highlights
Bids for the Interscholastic and Intercollegiate Championships and the Classic Championships were approved for 2013. OK/PTOC will host the first meet near Kansas City on March 9-10. ROC will host the Classic Champions on October 5-6. After much discussion, the board voted to allow people to carry GPS devices but they are not to be used for navigation. Other discussions included how clubs & OUSA can use social media to increase exposure and about an initiative to help third party groups work more closely with OUSA and get their events insured. There was also a request to recruit new members to the board. If you know of someone who might be a good board member, please contact Donna Fluegel
Westward Ho! 2012 OUSA Annual General Meeting Coming to Wyoming
As part of the 2012 Rocky Mountain Orienteering Festival (hosted by RMOC and LROC), OUSA will hold its Annual General Meeting on Saturday, September 1st
in Laramie, Wyoming. The orienteering festival includes a week’s worth of orienteering including two A-Meet days, and a chance to run on the Moose Outlet, Plains of Despair, Middle Crows Toe, and Gates of AMT Hell maps. What more could you want? More details to follow. Come and enjoy a week of orienteering, hear what OUSA has been up to, and come give your input as to how OUSA can continue to best move forward.
Sharon Crawford and Nikolay Nachev Lead OUSA's Championships Challenge
After the first three A-Meets of the year, Sharon Crawford (RMOC) and Nikolay Nachev (COC) lead the pack with three A-Meets apiece including the Ski-O champs hosted by BAOC, the Classic Champs hosted by BOK and the venerable Flying Pig hosted by OCIN. But there is still time and quite a few A-Meets on the upcoming calendar.
Also, did you know that you can qualify if you hold certain event volunteer positions in addition to competing? Check the Championships Challenge information on orienteeringusa.org
for more information. Thanks to OCIN’s Mike Minium for the suggestion.
A-Meet Discount Coupons Still Available
About 20 of you have already redeemed 2012 A-Meet discount coupons this year through the Flying Pig, and more are coming in.
If you have never run in an A-Meet before, you can save up to $20 off of your A-Meet entry fee. Coupons are available for all remaining 2012 A-Meets. If you would like one, send an email to Glen at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Please specify which meet.
National Orienteering Day Will Be Here Before You Know It
Remember, National Orienteering Day is really a weekend, this September 15 – 16th
. However, clubs can hold the event at their convenience any time during the month. The idea is to make this a national
event so that you can advertise it that way. Orienteering is not just done in a local area, it is done nationwide. For questions and promotional materials contact OUSA Secretary Donna Fluegel at email@example.com
Discover Orienteering. Discover Supporting Team USA.
Peter Goodwin – President
Glen Schorr – Executive Director