September 10, 2000
Joe Sehnal, Meet Director
The first meet of 2000 fall orienteering season took place in a small
forest preserve in northwest suburb of Morton Grove on a new, freshly
made map. Warm and humid weather with some rain mixed in did not deter
a good number of people from seeking an adventure experience in the local
The area contains on its east side an intricate web of trails requiring
good map reading skills and the ability to make fast decisions while the
west side features dense vegetation. The scale of the map (1:5000) allow
for more subtle map features and the use of bigger symbols for increased
readability. It also caused some faster runners, unaccustomed to this
scale, to overrun a few control features.
Results produced fast times including the winning times of Lunsford/
Ruskin group, Marina Poluektov and Nick Arden on the
beginners' white course, which were on par with the advanced runners in
terms of speed (expressed in minutes per kilometer). Women dominated the
orange course; Ema Larsson, Sarah Klaban, Sari Rantanen
and Tanya Backiew had the top four fastest times.
Janne Markala, as always when he comes to local meets, had the
best time on the red course and fastest overall speed of 6:57 minutes/km
which also included stop on control #12 to draw the second half of the
Klaban Family and later on Rich Gaylord handled registration.
Jim Rogers, Dave McCaulay and Charlie Shabazian picked
up control bags. Thank You.