2007 OLOU Triple Sprint Event



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On Saturday, March 24, OLOU held its first ever sprint only event with 3 sprint races at Horine 
in the Jefferson Memorial Forest.  There were several serious sprinters in attendance, including 2 
ranked in the top ten nationally.  Gabe Svobodny, from the Miami Valley Orienteering Club (MVOC) 
is ranked 7th in the latest sprint rankings with 157 pints and Gerald Yip of the Cincinnati club 
(OCIN) is 9th with 149 points.  Gabe has one more race than Gerald.   Gabe's dad, Tom, also tagged 
along,  Tom is ranked 12th with 135 pts. 
 
Each of the 3 Louisville sprints had a different course designer and used a different section of the 
property.  Each of the races was worth 30 points to both the men's and woman's winners.  Second 
place is worth 29 points and on down to 30th place, worth 1 point.
 
The day was almost perfect for running, sunny, not too hot, with a little breeze. 
 
The first race was a flat, fast course on the area near the manor hours.  Mike Minium set the initial 
standard with a time of 11:40.  However, Gerald Yip was starting out as Mike finished and you could 
tell that Mike's time wouldn't hold up for long.  Gerald finished in a blazing 8:54.  The Svobodny's 
arrived after all the other competitors had finished sprint 1.  Tom took the last starting slot with Gabe 
2 minutes in front of him.  Gabe finished in 11:20 for second place with Tom 5 seconds back in 3rd.  
Dan Mattingly of Louisville, who had run earlier, had an identical time with Tom to give us a tie for 
third.  Mike Minium finished 5th.  The first woman finisher was Maura Henkler of UofL, running in 
her first sprint, with a time of 27:10.
 
The second race, also largely flat but with one 40 meter hill, use a ridge line running southwest from 
the start.  Gerald Yip had no problem with the hill nor any other section of the course running a 10:50 
to take first.  Gabe Svobodny took second in 12:41 with Mike Minium close behind in 13:15.  Tom 
Svobodny was 4th in 14:39.  While Michael Snyder, of Owensboro Apollo was 5th only one second 
back from Tom.  Michael was the 2006 Kentuckiana High School Orienteering individual champion.   
First place on the female side was Mary Hamilton, the course designer for sprint one.  Her time was 
19:01.  Mary is ranked 56th nationally based on a nice showing in two Sprints at the Flying Pig 'A' 
meet in Cincinnati on March 17th. 
 
The third race was the shortest.  It used a largely flat area extending south from the start.  Gerald Yip 
again showed his heels to the pack, finishing first with a snappy 7:50.  This time the elder Svobodny, 
Tom, took second place with a 9:34.  Mike Minium squeezed into third with Gabe Svobodny in 4th.  
Jeff Hamilton was 5th in 13:48.  Mary Hamilton took another first on the female side in 16:34.
 
The complete National Sprint Series standings are available at:  http://www.petergagarin.org/index.html
This also will give you an explanation of the rules and scoring.
 
I want to thank my helpers in this event.  Course designers Mary Hamilton and Dan Mattingly.  Those 
who helped me hang controls on Friday night and Saturday morning,  Dan Mattingly:  course 3, the 
Hamilton family and friends:  course 1.  I hung course 2 by myself.  Also thanks to Jim Carter and Sherry 
for registration.  Paul and Alison, Jeff  and Eric Hallstrom for start and finish and results.  Control pick 
up was by Jim and Sherry, Jeff and Mary, Eric and, I believe, Ray Hart.
 
 
 
        The Results
Course #1   1.72 km   20 m  Mary Hamilton
 
1.  Gerald Yip, OCIN                 8:54
2.  Gabe Svobodny, MVOC     11:10
3.  Tom Svobodny, MVOC      11:15 tie
3.  Dan Mattingly, OLOU         11:15 tie
5.  Mike Minium, OCIN           11:40
6.  Michael Snyder, OLOU      11:52 Apollo HS
7.  Brent Hatfield, OLOU         12:29 Apollo
8.  Adam White, OCIN            16:40
9.  Eric Wright,  OLOU            16:41 UofL
10. Louie Smith, OLOU           17:15
11. Paul Vice, OLOU              20:50
12. Jim Carter, OLOU             23:50
13. Maura Henkler                   27:10 UofL  (first female)
14. Alison Ewart, OLOU         27:40   f2
15. Rick Dugan                        39:40
16. Teri Reed                           42:40  f3
17. Nancy Logan, OLOU        47:32   f4
      Thomas Cameron, OLOU  MP   Apollo
 
    Groups
Erika & Neda                          19:46  UofL
Geoff & Anderson                   20:37  UofL
Cheryl & Emma                       28:21
Danial & Natalie                      28:49 UofL
Preston & Jennifer                   34:88
Chris & Kesha                        39:46
 
 
 
Course #2  1.51 km.    40 m   Louie Smith
 
1.  Gerald Yip, OCIN               10:50
2.  Gabe Svobodny, MVOC     12:41
3.  Mike Minium, OCIN            13:15
4.  Tom Svobodney, MVOC     14:39
5.  Michael Snyder, OLOU       14:40 Apollo
6.  Dan Mattingly, OLOU         15:18
7.  Brent Hatfield, OLOU         16:08 Apollo
8.  Adam White, OCIN            17:28
9.  Mary Hamilton, OLOU        19:03 (First female)
10. Thomas Cameron, OLOU   23:20 Apollo
11. Eric Wright, OLOU             27:46  UofL
12. Nancy Logan, OLOU         35:10   f2
13. Alison Ewart, OLOU          35:42   f3
14. Jim Carter, OLOU              36:08
15. Rick Dugan,                        51:30
16. Maura Henkler                    58:30   UofL f4
 
     Groups
Tank & Thai                26:46
Cheryl & Emma           36:01
Preston & Jenn            49:00
 Danial & Natlin           50:28
Nada & Erika              52:32
Chris & Kesha             53:30
 
 
Course #3   .97 km   40 m    Dan Mattingly
 
1.  Gerald Yip, OCIN                 7:50
2.  Tom Svobodny, MVOC        9:34
3.  Mike Minium, OCIN            10:17
4.  Gabe Svobodny, MVOC      11:49
5.  Jeff Hamilton,  OCIN            13:48 
6.  Brent Hatfield, OLOU           15:40   Apollo
7.  Mary Hamilton, OLOU          16:34  (first female) 
8.  Michael Snyder, OLOU         18:50   Apollo
9.  Nancy Logan, OLOU            31:35  f2
10. Adam White, OCIN            32:18
11. Debra Moore, OLOU         33:56  f3
12. Thomas Camereon, OLOU  35:07 Apollo
13. Alison Ewart, OLOU           36:20  f4
14. Ray Hart                              49:35
      Louis Smith, OLOU              lost card
 



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