Bjorn Kjellstrom Cup

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History

Historically, The Björn Kjellström Trophy was awarded to top North American team at the North American Orienteering Championships (NAOC) based on total time for best two men and best two women from each nation.

Beginning in 2006, with the structure change to Spring/Middle/Long format, points toward the trophy are earned by the top 15 eligible members in the elite classes. In Canada the classes are M/F 20-34; in the U.S. the classes are M/F-21+ and M/F-20.

NAOC 2012 added an elite sprint relay, a tradition that continues. That event also introduced the Future Champions Cup competition for junior team members. NAOC 2014 rules recognized the different traditions for dividing classes in each country, and added scoring for separate men's and women's relays as an alternative to mixed sprint relay.

See the current Eligibility and Scoring Rules below.


Winning Team Members by year:

20182016201420122010
20082006200420022000
199819961994 19921990
1988 1986198419821980


2018 (Whitehorse, Yukon Terr.) - USA    (related story)U.S. Senior OrienteeringTeam holds BK Cup at NAOC 2018

G. Ahlswede
E. Bone
T. Borish
K. Breseman
A. Campbell
S. Christopherson               
T. Christopherson
A. Crocker
W. Enger
M. Jørgensen
M. Laraia
P. Lēdiņš
A. Riley
A. Salmenkylä
A. Shafer-Skelton
Winning Team photo by Ian Smith >

2016 (Hanover, New Hampshire) - CANADA

P. Blake
W. Critchley
J.E. Naess
Emily Kemp
Eric Kemp
D. Konotopetz
C. Michelsen
L. Oram
T. Owen
G. Rennie
E. Sherwood
M. Svoboda
E. Waddington
A. Woods

2014 (Ottawa, Canada) - USA

E. Bone
T. Borish
A. Campbell
A. Crocker
H. Culberg
W. Enger
B. Granovskiy
A.Jospe
C. Luis
K. Popova
A. Riley
W. Riley
S. Saeger
E. Schirm
I. Smith
R. Smith
S. Zhyk
 

2012 (Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania) - USA

G. Barbone
E. Bone
A. Campbell
A. Childs
A. Crocker
B. Granovskiy
A. Jospe
C. Luis
K. Popova
A. Riley
W. Riley
S. Saeger
R. Smith
K. Walker
K. Williams-Middleton
S. Zhyk

2010 (British Columbia) - USA

S. Saeger
S. Zurcher
A. Crocker
A. Riley
J. Kjall
E. Bone
R. Smith
B. Granovskiy
E. Orekhova

2008 (Central New York) - CANADA
E. Kemp
K. Smith
M. Bruno
P. James
M. Smith
B. May
J. Torrance
W. Smith

2006 (Milton, Ontario) - CANADA <
P. James
K. Smith
H. Smith
L. Oram
C. Revells
W. Smith
M. Smith
P. Goeres
H. Fransson
N. Duca
B. May

2004 (Ohio) - CANADA
S. Hott-Johansen
P. James
N. Duca
M. Waddington

2002 (Alberta) - CANADA
P. James
T. de St. Croix
R. Burnett
W. Smith

2000 (New York/New Jersey) - CANADA
P. James
C. Mahoney
M. Waddington
N. Duca

1998 - CANADA
S. Smith
P. James
B. May
M. Waddington

1996 - CANADA
P. James
S. Richards
M. Waddington
W. Smith

1994 - CANADA
P. James
C. Hagen
B. Graham
M. Waddington

1992 - CANADA

M. Waddington
T. de St. Croix
N. Waddington
P. James

1990 - CANADA

T. de St. Croix
M. Robert
P. James
M. Adams

1988 - CANADA
T. de St. Croix
M. Robert
P. James
M. Adams

1986 - CANADA
D. Demonte
K. Boulding
O. Naess
M. Adams

1984 (New Jersey) - CANADA
D. Demonte
M. Robert
R. Lowry
M. Adams

1982 (Manitoba) - USA
S. Tarry
J. Rogers
S. Crawford
G. Gagarin

1980 (Ohio) - CANADA

T. de St. Croix
S. Bruce
M. Piercy
R. Lowry


Eligibility and Scoring

2014 rules update, for BK Cup and Future Champions Cup

Eligibility: Competitors must have full passport-holding citizenship in the country they are representing prior to the start of a race. Runners must be members in good standing of the national federation they are representing prior to the start of a race. In case of a need for last-minute membership (new or renewal), it will be sufficient to give the necessary paperwork and payment to the event director or his/her designated subordinate.

Before the competitions begin, any runners who are potentially eligible to represent more than one North American Federation must declare which country they intend to represent. Because this cup is a friendly competition, on a trial basis, there will not be a “credentials committee” but any protests will be referred to a jury to determine eligibility.

*New* Scoring Rules:

  1. Individual Events: There are three individual events for both men and women (Sprint, Middle, Long). Each is scored separately with points distributed among the top finishers (see details below).
  2. Relay: There are two options for the relay event.
    1. Separate men's and women's relays with 3 individuals on each team.
    2. A sprint relay with mixed teams of 4, containing at least 2 women, with women running the first and last legs.
      Note that to get points, a team has to finish within the time limit (which might be quite tight). No points for DQ or DNF.
  3. Ranking: Ranking is determined in each race class using only those competitors meeting the eligibility criteria above. To determine ranking, the results of the race will first have the non-eligible finishers removed, then be ranked from 1 for the first eligible finisher to 15 for the 15th eligible finisher.
  4. Point Scoring: For the individual races and the 4-person relay, up to the top three eligible finishers from each country will receive points. For the 3-person relay, up to the top two teams from each country will receive points. Points will be awarded to each country using the ranking as described above and the accompanying points tables. Note that the lowest ranking finisher to receive points varies, as indicated in the points tables, depending on the race.
  5. Ties in Ranking: If two competitors tie in a race, and both will receive points, they each receive the average point value of the higher and lower points if they had not tied. For example, a tie for 4th place (4th=16 points, 5th=13 points) results in each competitor receiving 14.5 points. If two competitors tie in a race but only one will receive points, that competitor receives the points that would have been allotted had the other competitor not been there.
  6. Total Score: The overall score for each country is based on combined scores for men and women, for all 4 races (Sprint, Middle, Long, Relay).
  7. Ties in Total Score: In case of a tie, the Cup is retained in the country in possession of it.
  8. Junior/Senior Overlap: In situations where junior classes run the same course as the senior classes, juniors are eligible to be scored as both a junior and a senior.

Bjorn Kjellstrom and Future Champions Cup
Points Tables

A. Individual Events for BK Cup; and Individual Events for FC Cup when there is an -20 class but no -18 class (usual practice in Canada)

Rank123456789101112131415
Points252219161310987654321

B. Individual Events for FC Cup when there is an -20 class and an -18 class (usual practice in USA)

Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 910
Points151210 8 6 5 4 3 2 1

C. Relay Events, for separate Men's and Women's relays

Rank 1234
Points50302010

D. Relay Events, for mixed sprint relays

Rank 123456
Points705040302010


2012 rules update:

Eligibility: To count in the scoring for the BK Cup, runners must have full passport-holding citizenship of the country they are representing prior to the start of a race. Runners must also be members in good standing of the national federation they are representing prior to the start of a race. In case there is a need for last-minute membership (new or renewal), it will be sufficient to give the necessary paperwork and payment to the event director or his/her designated subordinate.

Before the competitions begin, any runners who are potentially eligible to represent more than one North American Federation must declare which country they intend to represent. Because this cup is a friendly competition, on a trial basis, there will not be a “credentials committee” but any protests will be referred to a jury to determine eligibility.

Scoring: There are three individual events for both men and women. Each is scored separately with 25 for first place, then 22, 19, 16, 13, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. The best three for each country count. Points also accrue from the sprint relay: 50 for first team, 30 for second, 20 for third, 10 for fourth. Note that to get points a team has to finish within the time limit; no points for DQ or DNF. The overall score for each country is based on combined scores for men and women. In case of a tie, the cup is retained by the country in possession of it.


2006 rules update:

Beginning in 2006, with the structure change to Spring/Middle/Long format, points toward the trophy are earned by the top 15 eligible members in the elite classes


last updated 31 July 2018