WMOC ’22 Italy Event Recap

July 9-16, 2022

Summary: 34 athletes from 14 Orienteering USA clubs ventured to Italy in July to compete in the World Masters Orienteering Championships in Puglia. Not too many photos have emerged – most seemed to be locked behind a paywall, but we have compiled results for US athletes below.

The Sprint medalists include Sharon Crawford (RMOC) taking Bronze in W75A and Pavlina Brautigam (WCOC) just missing the podium in W60A by only 6 seconds. Over in the Middle Distance event Pavlina redeemed herself with a Bronze Medal in W60A. And in the Long A Final Sharon Crawford took Silver in W75A, Erin Nielsen (UNO) took Bronze in W40A and Pavlina once again just missed the medals with a 4th place finish. Special mention to Stephanie Ross (OCIN) whose solid 5th place finish in the Middle W50B Final earned her a promotion to the W50A final for the Long event.

Sunday, July 10th, 2022 – Sprint Qualification

Monday, July 11th, 2022 – Sprint Final

Wednesday, July 13th, 2022 – Forest Qualification

Thursday, July 14th, 2022 – Middle Final

Saturday, July 16th, 2022 – Long Final

Call for Nominations: 2022 Silva and Golden Service Award

The 2022 Annual General Meeting of Orienteering USA will be held online Thursday night, September 29. One of the highlights of the AGM is the naming of the recipient of the Silva Award.

The Silva Award is given annually to an orienteer who has demonstrated outstanding service to orienteering in the United States over the past five years. The essential quality of every winner has been service to promoting and sustaining orienteering, to making the sport work in this country, and in helping to build the organizations needed to make orienteering successful.

The AGM will also include the announcement of the OUSA Golden Service awards recognizing those individuals who have provided exceptional service to the sport of orienteering that extends beyond the local club level.

Nominations for both awards are being solicited between now and August 28th.  Full eligibility criteria and lists of past award winners can be found in the attached announcements.  Nominations for both awards should be emailed to Susan DeWitt (skdewitt@nullsnet.net) by August 28th.

Full Silva Award Announcement: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1b6RhQ-bJXHxShxo5Ndu_V3Fga7YWJiO1/view?usp=sharing

Full Golden Service Award Announcement: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1y5WV-7R_GwT9Mbeyl61G8Y17To-D2SZC/view?usp=sharing

Team USA to Compete in World Trail Orienteering Championships 2022

Orienteering USA is pleased to announce the team competing in World Trail Orienteering Championships in Jelenia Gora, Poland, July 19th-23rd. The team is a mixture of youth and experience. The most experienced members of the team are David Irving (SDO), Sharon Crawford (RMOC), and Clare Durand (LAOC), whereas the newest team member, junior Jarmo Latva-Kokko (Age 16 from NEOC) is participating in his very first WTOC.

David is likely our biggest hope for strong placement in the paralympic category, but Jarmo is looking to turn some heads especially in the timed Temp-O event. He is already ranked 4th in the US in Temp-O and his performance in the Philadelphia training camp this May was impressive. Clare and Sharon bring lots of WTOC experience to the team and are hoping to improve on their personal best. Bob and Karen have less experience in competing in WTOC, but have done well in recent US ranking events. The team is looking to improve from past WTOC performances. Three of the selected team members were unable to go to Poland this year, but hopefully will participate in future.

Selected team:

Open:

  • Clare Durand (LAOC)
  • Sharon Crawford (RMOC)
  • Karen Dennis (SDO)
  • Bob Cooley (BAOC)
  • Jarmo Latva-Kokko (NEOC) Junior

Paralympic:

  • David Irving (SDO)
  • Daniel Heimgartner (CRNA) unable to attend
  • Lee Kuxhaus (CRNA) unable to attend
  • Julius Schram (CRNA) unable to attend

Nikolay Nachev to represent TeamUSA at World MTBO Championships

The 2022 World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships are just one of many international orienteering events going on this month and because OUSA’s Mountain Bike team is rather dormant right now, it might be easy to overlook these championships. But fear not mountain bike fans, TeamUSA will be represented in Falun, Sweden from July 15-20.

Orienteering USA is pleased to announce that Nikolay Nachev from the Cascade Orienteering Club in Seattle will represent TeamUSA at this years WMTBOC. Nikolay has been orienteering since childhood and his favorite orienteering disciplines are night-o, urban sprints and MTBO. Growing up he was on the Junior and University National teams in Bulgaria and has competed for TeamUSA in both Foot Orienteering and Ski Orienteering. Nikolay and his partner Ashley Blake were also the overall winners at the North American Rogaining Championships in Lake Tahoe last August. This will be Nikolay’s first MTBO World Championships though he did race interationally at last fall’s World Cup MTBO races in Abrantes, Portugal. 

Bikes have been close to heart for Nikolay since his move from Washington DC to Miami and helped him cope with the lack of orienteering in the Everglades. Since then, he has been part of a competitive road bike racing scene in the Pacific NW racing for Hagens-Berman and Avanti teams of Seattle. He has placed second at STP (the largest cycling event in the Northwest) a 200 mile ride from Seattle to Portland, and has completed multiple Ironman triathlons.


Nikolay keeps his MTBO skills sharp by competing in adventure races and by doing the local Street Scramble score-o series on his bike. We look forward to seeing what Nikolay can do in Sweden in a couple of weeks.

https://youtu.be/4jU9fGUgEpE

JWOC ’22 Portugal Event Recap

July 10-16, 2022

Summary: TeamUSA sent a strong team of 6 women and 4 men to Portugal this year to compete at JWOC ’22. A majority of the team arrived a week early and got in some solid training in the very hot and rocky terrain around Aguilar. Unfortunately, the extreme heat and fire danger would force the country to close all access to forested areas which effectively killed the middle, long and forest relay events for the competitors.

The organizing team pivoted to make the best of the situation and the sprint competition and sprint relays were held with some modifications (extra teams, unofficial teams) so everyone got a chance to run. Additionally a non-championship urban relay (3 person teams, Men’s & Women’s) was put together in a nearby town which included the twist of running through a local nursing home facility.

JWOC ’22 isn’t over yet though – the organizers did not hold a closing ceremony and plan to hold the canceled forest races in early November at the same venues. It will be a huge expense to send our team back to Portugal to round out the competition, but hopefully some of our TeamUSA athletes will be able to make the journey depending upon their school schedules. Stay tuned…

Update: JWOC ’22 Part 2 Team Announcement | JWOC ’22 Part 2 Event Recap

July 4-9, 2022 – Pre-JWOC Activity

Relay Mass Start Training

Sun July 10, 2022 – Opening Ceremony

  • Team Photo & Official Athlete Photos – Junior Team Facebook
  • Sprint Relay medal event added – Junior Team Facebook
    • TeamUSA will field 2 medal eligible teams – 2 Women/2 Men – teams tba
    • 2 TeamUSA women will tentatively run on an unofficial team with South Africa
    • Rumors of a possible non-championship 3-person sprint relay later in the week.

Mon July 11, 2022 – Sprint @ Carapito

1Elisa Mattila (FIN)14:57
2Lilly Graber (SUI)15:10
3Anna Karlova (CZE)15:16
76Bridget Hall19:01
123Lily Addicott21:56
133Zoe Sibthorp24:52
134Alexis Merka25:51
135Kirsten Mayland25:51
141Anna Campbell27:13
Women’s Sprint Results
1Axel Elmblad (SWE)13:45
2Tobias Alstad (NOR)14:11
3Mikkel Holt (NOR)14:13
108Keegan Harkavy18:01
125Victor Frolenko18:53
134Ben Brady19:46
149Holden Sopoti26:33
Men’s Sprint Results
Team USA Men at Accreditation (Jul 9)

Tue July 12, 2022 – Long @ Carapito

Forest Races cancelled due to high heat and fire risk.

Wed July 13, 2022 – Sprint Relay

1



Norway 1
Oda Scheele
Mikkel Holt
Tobias Alstad
Pia Young Vik
57:50
15:53
14:05
13:17
14:35
25



United States 1
Lily Addicott
Keegan Harkavy
Benjamin Brady
Bridget Hall
1:10:29
20:08
15:13
16:20
18:48
n/c



United States 2
Zoe Sibthorp
Victor Frolenko
Holden Sopoti
Kirsten Mayland
1:28:03
22:35
20:26
20:05
24:57
B-Teams
19


USA/RSA United States & South Africa
Alexis Merka
Simon Pienaar
Luke Schipholt
Anna Campbell
1:35:30
28:23
21:00
20:12
25:55
Sprint Relay Results
Team USA Medal Eligible Teams #1 & #2

Thu July 14, 2022 – Middle Qual @ Quinta das Lameiras

Forest Races cancelled due to high heat and fire risk.

Fri July 15, 2022 – Middle Final @ Quinta das Lameiras

Forest Races cancelled due to high heat and fire risk.

Sat July 16, 2022 – Urban Relay @ Dornelas

Forest Relay cancelled due to high heat and fire risk. A substitute (non-championship) urban relay was produced on short notice in the town of Dornelas.

Womens
1

Hungary 1
Boglarka Czako
Viktoria Mag
Rita Maramarosi
57:41
19:47
18:18
19:36
Womens
33

United States 1
Lily Addicott
Bridget Hall
Zoe Sibthorp
1:19:23
26:19
23:35
29:29
Womens
40

United States 2
Anna Campbell
Kirsten Mayland
Alexis Merka
1:36:31
35:31
28:20
32:40
Mens
1

France 1
Mathias Barros Vallet
Basile Basset
Guilhem Verove
49:15
16:59
16:03
16:13
Mens
dsq

United States 1
Keegan Harkavy
Benjamin Brady
Victor Frolenko
mp
mp
21:01
22:14
Mens
dsq

RSA/USA South Africa & United States
Connor Morrison
Simon Pienaar
Holden Sopoti
mp
23:03
mp
28:18
Urban Relay Results (non-championship)

Coming November 2022

No closing ceremony at this time. Decision was made to hold the forest races in early November. Hopefully some of our TeamUSA athletes can make the trip back to Portugal in the fall to close out JWOC 2022.

WOC ’22 Denmark Event Recap

July 26-30, 2022

  • Under Construction: Additional content to be added as it becomes available

Sun July 26, 2022 – Sprint Relay @ Kolding

Leg 1Tori Borish (24th)17:44 (+3:10)
Leg 2Ricardo Schaniel (25th)17:38 (+2:45)
Leg 3Joseph Barrett (27th)18:01 (+4:00)
Leg 4Evalin Brautigam (25th)18:38 (+4:40)
Place & time diff are per leg, not cumulative

Tue July 28, 2022 – Knock Out Sprint @ Fredericia

Women Qual AAlison Campbell (27th)12:21 (+2:40)
Women Qual BTori Borish (25th)12:02 (+1:59)
Women Qual CEvalin Brautigam (23rd)12:17 (+2:08)
Men Qual ASergei Rhzhkov (25th)10:55 (+1:13)
Men Qual BJoe Barrett (29th)11:40 (+1:44)
Men Qual CRicardo Schaniel (26th)11:25 (+1:20)
No TeamUSA Runners advanced to Quarter-Finals

Thu July 30, 2022 – Sprint @ Vejle

  • Maps – coming soon
  • Livestream Full Broadcast at IOF Youtube
  • Photos – coming soon
Women Qual AAlison Campbell (27th)16:00 (+4:04)
Women Qual BTori Borish (24th)15:09 (+3:03)
Women Qual CEvalin Brautigam (18th)14:26 (+1:50)
Men Qual ARicardo Schaniel (27th)13:57 (+2:19)
Men Qual BSergei Rhyhkov (28th)14:37 (+2:09)
Men Qual CJoe Barrett (24th)13:51 (+1:49)
No Team USA Runners qualified for Finals