Conditions for the Senior Games/Daddy-O June 17th at Green Lakes State Park were near-perfect! It had rained during the night and the day dawned cool and cloud-covered, with a slight breeze. . .great for running! Later on the sun came out, but the air never reached an uncomfortable hot/humid level and mosquitoes were kept to a minimum. We even had music to entertain us from a corporate outing at the neighboring Reserved Shelter.
Park personnel had erected a 20'x30' tent for the orienteering, outfitted with 8 picnic tables, at the edge of the ballfield near the frisbee course, convenient to drinking fountain, parking, and a comfort station. The Dominies came early and set up ESSG and club start/finish banners plus the CNYO banner which now contains the word "orienteering" applied across the center along the compass needle.
On Thursday afternoon Pete Dady assisted me with the Brown and Green course design to be used for both the Senior Games and the Daddy-O, and he also designed a Red for the Daddy-O. Then Pete and Shawn Forney set out the remote controls for Brown and Green and Red. I flagged the all-purpose White course and returned to the park Friday evening to finish setting a few close-in advanced course controls. On Saturday morning Verna Engstrom-Heg and Eric Hamilton (EMPO) hung the White Course controls, Mark Dominie designed an Orange course, and more control markers, water jugs, and cups got set out by Shawn (and others?).
By 5 p.m. Saturday all the paperwork and results were packed up and all controls brought in, thanks to Barb Dominie, Ramana, Mark, Shawn, Pete, his son Tom and friend Joe, and others. Fred Howe was on hand all day to manage the starts, finishes, and results of the ESSG competition, while Dominies and crew managed the same things plus a clinic for the Daddy-O side. Many thanks to all who volunteered of their time and expertise to help. If others should be mentioned, or I've got something wrong, please send the correction to firstname.lastname@example.org, so we can update this web page.
Thirty-seven Seniors from all over the state registered for the ESSG orienteering, of whom 13 Did Not Show (DNS). Of the 24 who did compete, several were active CNYO, ROC, and EMPO members, as well as a good number of ESSG repeaters from previous years. We were pleased to welcome Ron Farra and his wife Johanna, from Saratoga Springs, to the orienteering crowd, as well as Eric Hamilton, also from EMPO land. Doug Brooks, ROC, and Ed Stabler, CNYO, both had excellent runs, spiking their Green and Brown, respectively, in under an hour. John Allen, former SOC, had the next best time on Green. This year John brought along his wife Janet whom we haven't seen in years, and Greg, 15, and neighbor James Teska, 14, to run in the Daddy-O. Skip Myler, Bill Royall, George Freeman, Eleanor Minor, Alice Carrol and Dorothy Clark were other familiar Senior Games orienteering faces. On the women's side, Pege Brooks, ROC, blazed the Brown course. Shirley Gerow and Robin Burkhardt, both from Central Valley and newcomers to ESSG-O, first zipped through the White for practice and then turned in respectable times on Brown. Tireless Verna Engstrom-Heg, CNYO Oneonta, proved the Brown for women age 70+. Many of the women and men were in a class by themselves, but each had to finish his/her course. . . lots of well earned gold medals!
WHITE 2.8 Km 45m 11 controls
F55-54 1 Shirley Gerow, Central Valley 31:55 Gold 2 Margaret Wrona, Baldwinsville 47:55 Silver F60-64 1 Robin Burkhardt, Central Valley 32:00 Gold 2 Carol Parsons, Cicero 51:15 Silver Edith Murray, Jamaica DNS* F65-69 1 Toni Neel Gilleeny, Wading River 46:45 Gold 2 Shirley Hoyt, Camillus 49:43 Silver 3 Eleanor Minor, Bronx 92:00 Bronze 4 Irene Akin, Castleton on Hudson 100:00 5 Alice Carrol, Waterville 103:12 5 (tie) Dorothy Clark, Blasdell 103:12 Jacquie Yarborough, Laurelton DNS* F70-74 Euritta Dangler, New York DNS* Bernice Fowlkes, Jamaica DNS* F75-79 Minna Charles, New York DNS* M50-54 1 Ron Speech, Syracuse 45:05 Gold M65-69 1 Richard Wrona, Baldwinsville 48:10 Gold M70-74 1 Richard Hoyt, Camillus 49:35 Gold Arthur Costello, W. Hemstead DNS* *DNS = Did Not ShowReturn to top of page or continue looking at Results: White Brown Green
BROWN 4.0 Km 120m 9controls
F50-54 1 Pege Brooks, Honeoye Falls (ROC) 81:18 Gold F55-59 1 Shirley Gerow, Central Valley 107:10 Gold Ellen Fitzgerald, Niskayuna DNS* Marie-Louise Michaelson, Stony Brook DNS* F60-64 1 Robin Burkhardt, Central Valley 107:15 Gold F65-69 1 Johanna Farra, Saratoga Springs 93:21 Gold Eleanor Scott, Smithtown DNS* F70-74 1 Verna Engstrom-Heg, Oneonta (CNYO) 123:38 Gold M65-69 1 Skip Myler, Lake Placid 73:14 Gold 2 Ron Farra, Saragoga Springs 91:10 Silver 3 George Freeman, Cobleskill 117:55 Bronze M70-74 1 Ed Stabler, N. Syracuse (CNYO) 58:38 Gold M75-79 Richard Hill, Rego Park DNS* *DNS = Did Not ShowReturn to top of page or continue looking at Results: White Brown Green
GREEN 5.0 Km 130m 7 controls
M50-54 1 Eric Hamilton, Clifton Park (EMPO) 77:55 Gold M55-59 1 Doug Brooks, Honeoye Falls (ROC) 55:30 Gold 2 Bill Royall, Purchase 89:45 Silver Blaine Lawson, Stony Brook DNS* M60-64 1 John Allen, Syracuse 71:15 Gold James McGrath, Medford DNS* John Singer, Suffern DNS* *DNS = Did Not ShowRespectfully submitted,
Results of the Daddy-O (public event) will follow at another time.