Massachusetts resident Alison Crocker sweeps orienteering championships

It was a clean sweep for Alison Crocker of Amherst, Massachusetts, as she won all three events at the USA Orienteering Championships, which were held October 21-23, 2011, in Boston and surrounding areas.

Crocker led the women’s field at the Sprint (Franklin Park-Boston), Middle (Lynn Woods-Lynn), and Long distance (Middlesex Fells-Stoneham) events, winning gold medals in each event.

Hannah Burgess (Pittsburgh, PA), was Crocker’s closest rival, finishing second in all three events.

In the men's championship, the honors were evenly divided. William Hawkins (Rochester, NY) won the gold medal in the Sprint; Sergei Zhyk (Wayne, NJ), won the gold in the Middle; and Eric Bone (Seattle, WA) took the gold medal in the Long event.

Over 300 orienteers from across the country competed in the championships, which were organized by the Cambridge Sports Union and sanctioned by Orienteering USA.

The 2012 national championships will be held in mid-April, 2012, in Carrollton, GA.

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posted 24 Oct 2011