Richard Y. Ebright briefly in 1st Place after first event of World Trail O Champs

After one day of competition at the World Trail Orienteering Championships in Scotland, DVOA's Richard Y. Ebright is in first place* in the Open competition. What a way to start a competition! The next seven competitors are only one point behind, so concentration and skill are needed for the Day 2.

NOTE: The official website notes a protest, with a final ruling available soon (not yet posted as of 4:50 PM EDT on 8 June).

Richard's teammate Michael Poulson (CROC) is just two points behind, in 15th place overall (of 61). Sharon Crawford is listed in 48th place.

*UPDATE at 10:00 PM EDT--

A protest resulted in one control being eliminated from the competition. Richard is now in third place with the same number of points as first and second, but a longer total on timed controls.  Eight competitors are one point behind the leaders.  Michael Poulson is now listed in 19th place, and Sharon in 47th.

In Paralympic competition, the U.S.'s David Irving is in 9th place, two points behind the leader. Catherine Yekenevica is currently in 32nd place, and Glen Cafferty in 36th (of 36 total).

Richard says he enjoys "trail orienteering because of the attention that needs to be devoted to detail. Whereas standard orienteering requires speed and split-second decisions, trail orienteering requires extreme precision and careful observation."  His comments appear among profiles of all the U.S. Team members, published in the May/June issue of Orienteering North America.