QOC hosts Mid-Atlantic Championships this Sunday
- Come one, come all! QOC's next event will take place this Sunday when
we host a three-way meet with DVOA and SVO for the coveted
Mid-Atlantic Championship trophy, the Broken Compass. The event will
feature epunching on advanced courses and for "official" participants
on all courses (see definition of "official" below) and the
championship will be determined by a moderately complicated system of
points, detailed herein, but summarised immediately below.
- Each club gets points based on the percentage of its membership that
- A certain number of the top finishers on each course win points for
their club provided the course they are running is appropriate for
their USOF class or harder.
- Many points are at stake in the official relay and official teams
cannot be formed without at least two juniors per team.
- Points will be awarded for control pickup.
Therefore, all QOC members in attendance will be helping the club
point total and juniors are particularly valuable. Peggy Dickison is
organizing our team so please contact her at pdickison@... to
tell her you'll be coming, what course you'll run, whether you're
available to run on a relay team and any other information you think
might gladden her heart.
December 7, 2003 Registration from 10am till 1pm but official starts
only until NOON.
Avalon/Orange Grove - Mid Atlantics
(meet director: Mike Newman - course setter: Francis Hogle) Quantico
Note the importance of the White, Yellow and Orange participants. Come
early and be a part! Let's win the Broken Compass Trophy.
Also, e-punching will be used for all official participants on all
courses as well as all participants on advanced courses. We have spare
Tentative rules: (probably pretty much final by now)
The Mid-Atlantic Championships will consist of four parts:
Attendance, calculated as a percentage of total club primary
memberships in attendance and participating, rounded up to the nearest
integer, and scored as points;
Cross Country courses (blue, red, green, brown, orange, yellow and
white) scored as follows: Scoring will be adjusted based on the number
of competitors on a course.
Men and Women will be scored separately for each course.
Number of official competitors and points
Place 11+ 9-10 7-8 5-6 3-4 1-2
1st 6 5 4 3 2 1
2nd 5 4 3 2 1 1
3rd 4 3 2 1 1
4th 3 2 1 1 1
5th 2 1 1 1
6th 1 1 1 1
Blue - 6.84k 250m 12 controls
Red - 5.52k 220m 9 controls
Green - 4.73k 195m 7 controls
Brown - 3.60k 125m 5 controls
Orange - 3.36k 95m 7 controls
Yellow - 2.21k 55m 6 controls
White - 2.39k 65m 9 controls
Relay, three legs in the following order - advanced, yellow and
orange, roughly 3.5k, 0.8k, 1.6k - scored 50, 30, 20, 15, 10, 8, 6, 4,
2, 1 for first through tenth, official teams must have all official
participants and have at least one female and one male in their
Advanced - 3.26k 110m 5 controls
Yellow - 0.91k 5m 5 controls
Orange - 1.75k 30m 6 controls
Bag pick up - only for those who are not on an official relay team - 3
points per bag
To be official, participants must run their USOF A age category or
To be official, participants must run for their primary club, or their
legal residence must be in the traditional territory of the club they
are running for as well as be a member of that club (Peggy's rule);
Bag pick up points will be distributed equally among clubs until the
volunteers for a club run out, then so on among the rest of the clubs.
Cross Country course starts will begin at 10am and run through noon
for official starts, others can start until 1pm with a 3pm course
Relay will start at 1:30pm for official teams and at 1:50pm for
unofficial teams with each being a mass start;
Unofficial relay teams are encouraged and can be of any makeup;
Pre-registrations will both be guaranteed printed maps and receive a
$1 discount on registration; relay teams that are not pre-registered
will incur $3 extra charge; for cross country courses we will
course-print approximately 30% extra maps based on pre-registrations;
they will be used first come first served for unregistered cross
country participants; participants not pre-registered will copy after
that off the clock, but will have 1 min added to their time. All relay
teams will have printed courses.
Pre-register yourself and your relay team individually or have your
team manager, Peggy Dickison, get an email to Francis Hogle prior to
midnight Thursday, December 4, 2003.
Each club may, but is not required to, appoint a team manager to
organize the club's team('s) efforts, to consult on results, and to
make pre-registrations. Peggy Dickison is Quantico team manager
Pay on arrival, attendance credit does not require a participant to be
official for other purposes.
Most total points wins the trophy.
Note: Results would be on SVO 2003 results web page before they would
be on QOC's web site.
Avalon Course Setter Notes
The Mid Atlantic courses this time are shorter than normal in order to
accommodate a relay and picnic. All seven courses are being offered -
white thru blue. We are not offering hide and seek controls; so, if
you are there, you will either see the feature or the bag. The map is
1:7,500 with 20 ft contours. It is much steeper than the illusion that
the contour lines create. I mapped the green here in 1992, which was
whiter then than on previous maps, and now it would be mapped even
whiter still. It won't feel like it, however. Isabel and the recent
storms have piled debris from twigs to whole trees on the forest floor
in amounts unlike anything I have seen here in 20 years. It is not
like Rock Creek in that here it is very passable with good visibility,
but with less sure footing. Deadfall (unmapped) will sometimes be more
of an obstacle than vegetation; however, the previously thick
vegetation is usually recognizable in the terrain now. It has simply
grown up. Some might say that there should be formline knolls, ranging
from small to broad, on some of the long large scale spurs. We might
agree. Rock features are small compared with those on most maps, and a
0.3m boulder is probably on the map. The Silvermine question of
boulders, cliffs and dot knolls arises here too. Our friends disagree
widely, and we admit that we don't have a clue what the answer is, but
we do have an interpretation. The Mid Atlantics are not at all like
the 'Burning Man' in Black Rock, but there is a similarity. There is a
boulder that, on each incarnation of this map, was located differently
than on all other incarnations. We're not sure of the physical
processes that have caused this movement; but frankly, we've lost
track of it. So, if you spot it, please let us know.
We will have a charcoal fire going around noon and hot water too. You
may bring food for warming or for cooking. Pets, however, are not
allowed at the park - even though we've seen them there. Pets, and
their owners, are subject to eviction - even our very friendly ones we
already know. All trash must be carried out of the park; there are no
trash cans. Bathrooms are heated, close and in good condition. Bring
your Sport Ident 'fingers'. E-punching is available on all courses and
is required for official competitors and for the relay. We will have
some for rent. It is about a 10 min, or so, walk to the start. It will
be advantageous to get out on your cross country courses early if you
are planning to participate in relays or if you are picnicking. The
last official start will be noon (unofficial starts until 1pm, but
don't count on any bags being there after 3pm) and the relays start at
1:30 with instructions a little before. The bag pick up phase will be
easy and close - roughly within the white and yellow courses. Quantico
will pick up the more distant bags. We might be fortunate and be able
to accommodate starters before 10am.
Directions: From I-195 exit 3 in Elkridge MD, take US 1 South. Then
first right and first left into Patapsco State Park. Follow road and
white and orange O signage inside the park.
If you are planning on running (one of the standard courses and/or the relay) and you haven’t already emailed me, it would be helpful for me if you would let me know you’re coming. I may suggest a different course based on how the potential points look; more likely, I’ll be able to set up relay teams in advance and let Francis know how many we have. If you’ve emailed Francis of your intention to attend, I may already know your plans, but I won’t mind hearing again.
Thanks, and let’s go get SVO and DVOA on Sunday!
QOC Team Manager ‘03.
- Peggy,Marmie plans to run Brown. I'll run Green. These are our age-group courses.Van-----Original Message-----
From: Peggy Dickison <pdickison@...>
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Date: Monday, December 01, 2003 8:32 PM
Subject: RE: [Quantico_Orienteering_Club] QOC hosts Mid-Atlantic Championships this Sunday
If you are planning on running (one of the standard courses and/or the relay) and you havent already emailed me, it would be helpful for me if you would let me know youre coming. I may suggest a different course based on how the potential points look; more likely, Ill be able to set up relay teams in advance and let Francis know how many we have. If youve emailed Francis of your intention to attend, I may already know your plans, but I wont mind hearing again.
Thanks, and lets go get SVO and DVOA on Sunday!
QOC Team Manager 03.
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Francis (and everyone else) –
Here’s who I have signed up as of 10:45 Thursday, and tentative relay teams. Everyone who clearly noted to me that they wanted to run in the relay has been put on one. Rosters may have to change due to who shows up, injuries, weather-related issues, etc (and, I will be looking at results and may shuffle people on the official teams to put together the strongest teams we can). So consider this just a confirmation that you WILL be on a team unless I hear from you. If you want to be on a team and aren’t, let me know. I can put together one more official team with another official orange runner, so let’s hope for one of those to show up! (Any junior GIRLS out there??)
Evan Williams (+ friend – 2 maps)
Ji Hoon Kim
Not all are “official.” * Are official based on the “Peggy” rule.
- Peggy Dickison
- Heidi Onkst
- Kathleen Lennon
- Valerie Meyer
- Brian Frick
- Ji Hoon Kim
- Carl Muench
- Jon Torrance
- Scott Pleban