Valentine Hunt
Saturday, February 14TH, 2004
Twin Creek MetroPark
Directed by Matt Bond
 
The week before the event I was out checking control locations that I chose while at home relaxing on the couch. Things change when you see them first hand. The most dramatic change was to the white course. Where a path crossed a stream near Twin Creek, the snow melt caused the creek to run high, and the crossing was a good seven feet wide and at least a foot deep. Reconfiguring the course in the field, what was planned to be 2.5Km with 70m climb turned into 1.4Km with 55m climb. I hope all 51 white participants had a good time on the course. I also discovered at that time some mapping errors affecting the red course, one of which required special notes to the red course competitors.

The day before the event Capt. Settlemoir and cadets Jeremy Smith, Billy Riechers, and Kenny Fugate from the Hamilton High School Navy JROTC unit helped set controls out at the flagging tape locations. All control setting went without a hitch.

Valentine's Day dawned bright, sunny, and a relatively warm 30+ degrees on its way to a high near 40. A little snow remained on the ground, mainly in the shaded areas and on north facing slopes. The first of 156 competitors in 82 groups arrived while I was setting up the directional signs to the north entrance of Twin Creek. The new shelter at the north entrance is now a prominent structure as it sits high on the hill that overlooks the Twin Creek valley with a commanding view that goes for miles and miles -- and where the wind always blows and blows. Wind chills remained below 30 the entire day, and the Hamilton HS NJROTC cadets are to be commended for their stalwart determination to persevere against the cold.

White course competition was very tight. In two instances two times are separated by only one second! Greenville HS NJROTC swept all placings 1-2-3 on this course. The Badin ROKS took 1-2 on yellow followed closely by Hamilton HS NJROTC. The talent is strong down south! Orange is a bit of a surprise. Most orange courses are longer than this, though they usually don't have as much climb. I think most who normally place well on orange have now moved up to green. On green I am impressed with the results, and it looks like the top prize at March 12th's MVOC Jr. O Champs is still undecided. The red course doesn't usually have more competitors that the green course, and I appologize for running out of pre-marked red course maps. Larry and Joel kept their heads together and placed third, while Tom moved into a solid second -- a higher placing than normal with a finish line exhaustion to prove he earned it. Then Bill Swift demonstrated his navigational pace with an indefatigable win.

Mike Minium did not run red or green as he wanted to due to a shoulder injury, yet still brought some juniors to run from the Liberty, IN, area. Mike writes:
    Bad news, though... on the way home a deer ran into the side of my van. 725 a couple hundred yards west of the Montgomery/Preble County line. Deer was a 200+ pound doe at maximum sprint and did some pretty major damage. Kyle's ankle was injured where the door got pushed in, but hopefully it is just a bruise. For now, he's got an aircast & crutches & will be seeing an orthopedist tomorrow. The other boys were pretty shaken up but ok. Passenger door was crushed & window shattered, sliding door is also badly dented, and the vertical column between the doors has dents, so I expect repairs will take a while & might even be considered totalled... we'll see.
    Mike
Thanks to Captain Settlemoir and cadets Jeremy Smith, Billy Riechers, Kenny Fugate, Beckey Schweinfest, and Kory Apodaca for control setting and recovery. Thanks to Katie Baker, Kyla Kelley, Jessica Deatherage, Chris Courtois, Sean Morey, Jennifer Lothes, Cody Hume, Megan Walser, and Brandon Thompson for registration, starts, finish line, and results processing. And many thanks to Captain Settlemoir, Chief Greg Bonner, and Mrs. Ann Morey for their exemplary leadership.
 
Matt Bond
Meet Director

 
White Course - 1.37 Km long, 55 m climb, 5 controls
Myer & Edgers
GHS NJROTC
17:57
Miller & Tinkham
GHS NJROTC
19:58
Murphy & Fields
GHS NJROTC
20:54
Joe Moran
ROKS
21:55
Cody Hume & Megan Walser
HHS NJROTC
27:09
Adam Wolfe & Smith
GHS NJROTC
28:26
Kelly Johnson, Proffit, Wallace, & Normile
GHS NJROTC
28:27
Kyle Hertel & Chris Fairchild
OCIN & UCMS
29:55
Kendall & Soliday
PHS NJROTC
30:40
Ron & Sarah Keister
 
31:35
William Bailey, George Ward, Brent Rice, & Kenny Park
PHS NJROTC
35:37
Kemp, Wiley, Barnes, & Jassan
GHS NJROTC
35:50
McCarthy
 
37:44
Noreikas & Jackson
PHS NJROTC
37:45
The McClory Family
 
38:24
The Borucki Group
BSA Troop 78
40:33
The Cobras
BSA Troop 78
40:39
Ben & Sharon Bond
MVOC
43:25
The Keller Group
BSA Troop 78
58:21
The Stuart Group
BSA Troop 78
76:15
Runyon & Campbell
PHS NJROTC
MSP (#3)(29:27)

 
Yellow Course - 3.33 Km long, 110 m climb, 9 controls
Jenny Meehan
ROKS
73:30
Kyle Kollstedt
ROKS
75:30
Duncan Blankenship
HHS NJROTC
80:13
Derrick Gibson & Brandon Tompson
HHS NJROTC
80:30
Zach Wright & Tim Cantrell
PHS NJROTC
84:20
Michael, Susan, & Matthew Marine
 
86:17
Brewer & McNutt
PHS NJROTC
86:50
Dustin Gray
HHS NJROTC
88:35
Burchfield & Halley
GHS NJROTC
91:07
Tyler Hertel & Brandon Beaver
OCIN & UCMS
102:43
Barnett & Collins
PHS NJROTC
105:26
Dennis Murphy & Chris Brown
 
108:58
Smith & Miller
HHS NJROTC
109:25
David & Katie Williams
OCIN
OT (122:02)
Meyer & Bean
PHS NJROTC
OT (153:45)
Derek & Donna Hart
OCIN
OT (189:06)
The Borucki Group
BSA Troop 78
DNF (3)
Jordan Fluxman
 
DNF (3)
John & Kate Hart
OCIN
Lost Card, but checked in
Jennifer Lothes & Sean Morey
HHS NJROTC
DSQ Did not return card

 
Orange Course - 3.75 Km long, 180 m climb, 12 controls
Kim, Erik, & Tomas
 
107:04
Steven Clark
 
OT (126:10)
Kenneth Hart
BSA Troop 425
OT (134:10)
Irvin D. Martin
 
OT (147:10)
Maj. J. Roberts
WHS AFJROTC Coach
OT (150:26)
The Mersch Family (5)
 
OT (160:40)
Supinger
PHS NJROTC
DNF (11)
K. Morales, et. al.
FHS AFJROTC
DNF (11)
Oreo
OARC
DNF (9)
Ashley Atkinson & Courtney Goss
FHS AFJROTC
DNF (6)
Nick Marales
FHS AFJROTC
DNF (6)
Andrew Baker & Shane Winsler
PHS NJROTC
DNF (5)
Ben Campbell & Marrs
PHS NJROTC
DNF (?)
Kory Apodaca
HHS NJROTC
DNF (0)
Kristi Baillie
HHS NJROTC
DSQ Did not return card

 
Green Course - 4.44 Km long, 190 m climb, 13 controls
Pat Meehan
ROKS Coach
65:35
Brennan Lawall
ROKS
80:02
Eric Dubois
FHS AFJROTC
89:52
Combs & Dean
FHS AFJROTC
91:21
Billy Riechers
HHS NJROTC
101:00
David Frederick
ROKS
110:55
Daniel Thompson
 
OT (138:07)
Kenny Fugate
HHS NJROTC
DNF (11)
James Maddock
FHS AFJROTC
DNF (7)
Zach Reed
FHS AFJROTC
DNF (7)
Anne Johnson & R. Gregg
 
DSQ Did not return card

 
Red Course - 5.27 Km long, 255 m climb, 16 controls
Bill Swift
OCIN
73:58
Tom Svobodny
MVOC
78:10
Larry Berna & Joel Marvel
MVOC
97:49
Bob Frey
OCIN
102:41
Dick Arnett
OCIN
107:02
Kevin Mitchell
OCIN
108:02
Paul Vice & Alison Ewart
OLOU
OT (170:44)
Susan & Todd Henson
 
OT (172:02)
Barry Group
ICO
DNF (14)
Josh Berna & Aaron Marvel
MVOC
DNF (11)
Dave Kent & Lynn Higgins
 
DNF (11)
Gabe Svobodny
MVOC
DNF (6)
Vincent Hand
OCIN
DNF (4)

 
Acronym Legend  
MVOC Miami Valley Orienteering Club
OCIN Orienteering Cincinnati
OLOU Orienteering Louisville
ICO Indiana Crossroads Orienteering
HHS NJROTC Hamilton High School Navy JROTC
GHS NJROTC Greenville High School Navy JROTC
PHS NJROTC Piqua High School Navy JROTC
FHS AFJROTC Fairborn High School Air Force JROTC
WHS AFJROTC Wayne High School Air Force JROTC
ROKS Rams O Klub at Badin High School, Hamilton, Ohio
UCMS Union County Middle School, Liberty, IN
OARC Ohio Adventure Racing Club LLC
BSA Boy Scouts of America
OT Over the time limit of 120 min.
MSP Mis-punch (punched an incorrect control)
DNF Did not finish
DSQ Disqualified