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Orienteerers and  orienteering fans;
 
John "Rainman" Distler is going to lose his nickname.  The rain that he had ordered for
Saturday's meet died in the middle of the night after raining most of Friday. Perhaps
it was just an early delivery. We had just short of 50 people out on a pretty cold day. This included a nice size contingent
of JROTC cadets from Madisonville and 4 first timers from Marion County HS in Lebannon.
This was one of the best attended meets we have held at Deam Lake, which is usually lightly
attended. John set out 4 course. There were some problems on the Red course. The last part of
the course was on the south west side of the lake and went through an area that had been
hit with a tornado 2 years ago, leaving a tangle of downed trees. Several people on this course
were unable to make it through the tangle. John said that he will avoid this area in the future. We picked up three new club members. Results: RED Dan Mattingly 101:38 Shawn Smith 125:16 Louis Smith 165:20 Diana & Doug Keefe 166:50 DNF: Shelly Pennington, Paul Vice, Ted Wathen, Ross Lister, Nancy Logan & Alison Ewart,
Scott Belmar, Mike Moser, Ben Huber ORANGE Joe Heitz 60:36 Dan Molnar 67:06 Jim Carter 80:00 Austin Bailie 84:46 Madisonville HS Rich Mazzoli 90:00 Steve Mazzoli 90:00 Ken Stalcup 91:47 John Haist 110:20 Justin Joiner 125:13 Madisonville HS James Strothman 138:00 Ray Hart 159:00 DNF: Matt Wallace (MHS), Janice Dean & M. Endis, Shane Black (MHS), Mary Embry (MHS),
Mary & Jeff Hamilton YELLOW Bryan Frazar 90:30 Austin Francis 97:00 Madisonville HS Kenny Watts 94:30 Madisonville HS Richard Moore 99:55 Madisonville HS Jacob McBride 154:00 Madisonville HS DNF: Laruen Curtis & Kristen Inman (Marion County HS), Kendall Trapp OT: Patrick Brady & Michael Price (Marion County HS), My journey on the Red course: I have always had, it seems, problems at this location. At different times; I have lost my map,
walked within 50 feet of the same control 3 or 4 times without seeing it and broken through the
ice on the frozen lake. This year was no different. I mis-marked my map; drawing control 3 in
the wrong place. I came in to the first control on the Red course a little low but not too bad. The course then
took me over the dam and wind off the lake was pretty biting. I went right to #2 but then I spent
10 minutes looking for the control at #3 where I had marked it on the map but was unsucessful.
Then I cussed out the map, the lake and John and went on the #4. I ran into Paul Vice leaving 4
and asked him if he found 3 and he said that it was just where it was supposed to be. I decided
to continue on and perhaps find #3 later. I hit 4 through 8 dead on. At #8, I ran into Dan Mattingly. He also verified that #3 was in the right place, so I went from 8
back over to #3. Thinking that coming from a different angle would help. It didn't. I ended up
at the same place where I had been looking for it before. Not giving up, I went up to the trail, ran
to the nearest trail junction and pace counted back to directly east of where the control was -
according to my map. I was in the same place but I decided to look around a little more and I went
into the next reentrant north. I had just about decided to give up on it when I noticed a flash of
orange about 25 meters away. It was control #3. I walked uphill to the trail, ran the trail to the road, ran the road and jumped into the woods,
quickly finding #9. Then back to the road, cut across the edge of the little cemetary over the
entrance road and into the woods to find 10. Leaving #10, I immediately ran into the downed
timber. Trees were down up to the edge of the creek that bordered the property. I had quite
a bit of climbing over, ducking under and dodging around. There was no running. I came to the
right ditch and soon saw the control up above me about 10 meters away. It took 5 to 6 minutes
to climb through the tangled tree trunks to get to the control. Then up the hill - through more
downed trees. The top of the hill and the far side was open but there was more downed trees
blocking my way across the small creek . I went downstream 100 or so meters, crossed, climbed
the bank and then went upstream and found the control in a pit as expected. There was one more control to go on the other side of the road and near the finish. I crossed
the creek and ran into one more tangle of trees but only a few deozen meters to traverse. I found
the last one and ran into the finish, got my time and asked John how bad Dan Mattingly had
beaten me. He told me, "You don't want to know." I then compared my course with Shawn Smith, who had also beaten me, and discovered my
copying error. -Louie Smith


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