Empire State Senior Games Orienteering Results

17 Jun 2000
Green Lakes State Park, Fayetteville, NY

Writeup     |     Results:     White     Brown     Green
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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 wa10@cornell.edu, 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!

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Results of the 2000 Empire State Senior Games Orienteering Competition:

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 Show           
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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 Show           
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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 Show           
Respectfully submitted,
Barb Sleight, ESSG Orienteering Director

Results of the Daddy-O (public event) will follow at another time.


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