Noon Hill, Medfield, MA
October 8, 2017
Meet Director: Bo Nielsen
With about 80 registered starts and over 100 active participants the October 8th meet at Noon Hill in Medfield proved to be a popular orienteering destination. The combination of steady rain, technical courses and a high quality, but very detailed map, proved to be challenging for many and the average finish time for most courses was a bit longer than usual. Still, in spite of the inclement weather, I heard many appreciative comments on the courses and terrain so my impression is that most folks enjoyed the early fall colors and varied orienteering challenges on the slopes of Noon Hill.
As the results reveal, the list of club affiliations for the event was impressive. In addition to our regular NEOC and CSU participants, we had representatives for out-of-state clubs EMPO, UNO and USMAOC, as well as out-of-country JSport from Spain! Thanks all for coming!
There were a couple of unfortunate hiccups along the way. First, the White and Yellow courses encountered a stretch of closed of trail which confused many. This should have been caught while vetting the courses, but regrettably I never noticed it. Please accept my apologies for this error. Then, Orienteers on the Yellow, Orange, Brown, and Green courses encountered a hornet/wasp nest close to one of their controls. Again, this was never noticed during course vetting, but perhaps it was the repeated disturbance in the area that activated the hive? A big thanks to Becky Carlyle for returning to flag the hive location after she had been stung several times herself! My apologies to anyone who may have faced the angry swarm.
Finally, a big thank you to all who volunteered their time. To have such a fine crew of capable people know what to do and when to do it makes a great experience possible for everyone, the meet director included. Andy MacIlvane, Xavier Fradera and Sylvie Guichard made the registration run smoothly while Jim Paschetto handled the timing aspects with his usual expertise. Patrice Miller generously stepped in to help guide overflow traffic as the main parking lot filled up quickly. At the end of the day Bill Binette, Jim Pachetto, Mark O’Connell and Karen Yeowell assisted with control pickup which made this task very manageable. Special thanks to Bill Binette for getting the control and most of the flagging tape by the wasp/hornet nest (while enduring a batch of stings).
All the soaked equipment is now slowly drying out in my courtyard, but it will be ready in time for the next NEOC event - I hope to see you there!
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|6||A. Markova, Garkavtsev-3||43:45|
|7||Julie & Caroline Baldwin||NEOC||46:57|
|5||Emmett Cook & Tracy||NEOC||46:41|
|8||Gregory, Patrick, Brian, Kevin||48:17|
|13||Karen Yeowell +1||NEOC||77:52|
|5||Nick Polanco, Jenna Taylor||85:12|
|2||Andy, Zach, David Baumel||NEOC||79:48|
|3||Patrice Marie Miller||NEOC||101:33|
|6||Michael Lamport Commons||NEOC||110:09|
|10||Rafael Frutos Fernandez||NEOC||156:54|
|Aline Roher, Doug Nicholls||DNF|