U.S. Retains Björn Kjellström Cup at 2014 North American Championships, Wins Future Champions Cup

The North American Orienteering Championships were held October 11-13, 2014, in Carp and Arnprior, Ontario, Canada, organized by the Ottawa Orienteering Club and Orienteering Canada.

Part of the NAOC is a team competition between the USA and Canada. This competition has been conducted for the SeniorTeams since 1980, with the winner awarded the Björn Kjellström (BK) Cup. This year for the second time there was also a competition among the Junior Teams for the Future Champions Cup.

Sprint Relay winning team of (left to right): Alex Jospe-leg1, Eric Bone-leg 2,
Samantha Saeger-leg 4, Ross Smith-leg 3
(photo credit: Ken Walker Jr)

For the BK Cup, contested 18 times since 1980, Team USA has won 4 times: in 1982; and at the past three championships—in 2010 when the NAOC competitions were in British Columbia; in 2012 at the Delaware Water Gap in Pennsylvania; and this year in Canada.

American women swept the Long race with Samantha Saeger, Kseniya Popova, and Alison Crocker taking places 1, 2 and 3. Sam was also second in the Middle distance, and then was first in the sweep of the Sprint with Tori Borish second and Alexandra Jospe third. The Senior Sprint Relay teams placed 1, 2, 4, and 5.

In the Future Champions Cup competition, the U.S. Junior squad won the Sprint Relay, the capstone event of the weekend. In the Individual Sprint, Isabel Bryant and Will Hubsch both earned silver. Isabel won gold in the Long and Middle, and Addison Bosley and Morgan Rabalais took 2nd and 3rd in the Long; Matej Sebo winning gold and Melanie Sergiev winning silver in the Middle. Great results from a great team!

Ethan Childs holds the Björn Kjellström and Future Champions Cups
won by Team USA at the 2014 NAOC
(photo credit: Ken Walker Jr)

We thank Orienteering Canada and the Ottawa Orienteering Club for hosting a topflight international meet. The next North American Orienteering Championships will be held in the USA in 2016.

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17 Oct 2014