2017 U.S. Junior World Orienteering Championship Team

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The following orienteers represented the U.S. at the Junior World Orienteering Championships 9–16 July 2017, in Tampere, Finland.

Profiles of the athletes are available below.

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WomenMen*

Isabel Bryant, CSU and NEOC
Tyra Christopherson, COC
Julia Doubson, BAOC
Siri Christopherson, COC
Caroline Sandbo, COC
Katie Petersen, BAOC

***

Brigitte Bordelon, USMA (1st Alternate)

Team Leader:
Erin Schirm

Peter Zakrevski, HVO
David Runde, MNOC/Kristiansand
Anton Salmenkyla, CSU/Helsingin Suunnistajat
Thomas Laraia, MNOC
AJ Riley, DVOA
Aidan Minto, ICO

***

*Martin Heir, named to the JWOC Team,
withdrew due to illness; Aidan Minto,
first alternate, took his place
 

       
Women, L-R: Katie Petersen, Brigitte Bordelon, Siri Christopherson, Julia Doubson,
Isabel Bryant, Caroline Sandbo, Tyra Christopherson
Men, L-R: Peter Zakrevski, David Runde, Thomas Laraia, AJ Riley,
holding up Anton Salmenkyla

Others on the Junior National Team: Sarah Petersen, Turner Leigh, Dylan Poe, James Richie, Gino Saponari, David Sayles.

Useful links:

Program

  • July  9 - Arrival/Opening Ceremonies, Model Event
  • July 10 - Middle Distance Qualifier
  • July 11 - Middle Distance Final
  • July 12 - Sprint
  • July 13 - Rest day, Model Event
  • July 14 - Long Distance Final
  • July 15 - Relay
  • July 16 - Departure

Results

Middle Distance Qualifier, 10 July 2017 (<- results at link) | photos by Dave Yee

World of O write up with maps

  • Women: Top 20 finishers in each heat move to the Final
    • Q1, 3.4 km — Heat winner's time was 23:31
      • 30 Siri Christopherson 30:29 +6:58
      • 44 Tyra Christopherson 37:13 +13:42
    • Q2, 3.4 km — Heat winner's time was 23:32
      • 31 Julia Doubson 39:14 +15:42
      • 47 Katie Petersen 61:25 +37:53
    • Q3, 3.5 km — Heat winner's time was 24:43
      • 24 Isabel Bryant 30:21 +5:38
      • 44 Caroline Sandbo 40:00 +15:17
  • Men: Top 20 finishers in each heat move to the Final
    • Q1, 4 km — Heat winner's time was 21:18
      • 21 David Runde 27:26 +6:08
      • 43 Anthony Riley 33:56 +12:38
    • Q2, 4.1 km — Heat winner's time was 24:01
      • 52 Peter Zakrevski 38:01 +14:00
      • 54 Aidan Minto 40:42 +16:41
    • Q3, 4 km — Heat winner's time was 23:04
      • 12 Anton Salmenkyla 25:53 +2:49 Anton qualified for the A final
      • 36 Thomas Laraia 31:32 +8:28
         
  • Team Canada results:
    Women: Q1—Emma Sherwood, 41st; Q2—Emma Waddington, 33rd; Q3—Nicole Whitmore, 46th
    Men: Q1—Jan Eric Naess, 23rd, Caelan McLean, 49th; Q2—David Bakker, 33rd, Christien Michelsen, 35th; Q3—Michael Svoboda, 20th, Leif Blake, 34th

Middle qualifier summary by Boris Granovskiy

This morning the Junior World Orienteering Championships kicked off in Tampere, Finland with the Middle Distance qualifying race. For Team USA, the best result came from Anton Salmenkyla, who qualified for tomorrow's A-Final by finishing 12th in his heat. David Runde just missed out on an A-Final spot by 26 seconds. He and Thomas Laraia qualified for the B-Final.

On the women's side, Isabel Bryant missed the A-Final by just over a minute, and Siri Christopherson had a solid JWOC debut, qualifying for the B-Final in her first race. Julia Doubson also made the B-Final for the U.S. team. The rest of the U.S. athletes will compete in the C-Final.

There were no major surprises at the top of the heats, as the expected favorites, especially Finnish and Swedish men and Swiss women, all ended up close to the front.

Middle Distance Final, 11 July | Photos by Dave Yee, Final A / Finals B, C

World of O write up with maps

  • Men's A Final:
    1) Olli Ojanaho (FIN), 23:47; 2) Audun Heimdal (NOR), 25:08; 3) Simon Imark (SWE), 25:50;... 29) Anton Salmenkyla (USA), 30:26; 37) Michael Svoboda (CAN), 32:25
     
  • Men's B Final: Jan Erik Naess (CAN), 5th; Leif Blake (CAN), 17th; David Runde (USA), 19th; David Bakker (CAN), 27th; Thomas Laraia (USA), 47th; Christian Michelsel (CAN), mp
  • Men's C Final: Caelan McLean (CAN), 15th; AJ Riley (USA), 17th; Aidan Minto (USA), 19th; Peter Zakrevski (USA), 23rd
  • Women's A (no USA or CAN women in the A Final) — 1) Simona Aebersold (SUI), 23:15; 2) Linnea Golsater (SWE), 24:29; 3) Veera Klemettinen (FIN), 25:03
  • Women's B Final: Isabel Bryant (USA), 13th; Siri Christopherson (USA), 25th; Julia Doubson (USA), 40th; Emma Waddington (CAN), 45th
  • Women's C Final: Tyra Christopherson (USA), 2nd; Caroline Sandbo (USA), 8th; Nicole Whitmore (CAN); 10th; Emma Sherwood (CAN), 20th; Katie Petersen (USA), 21st

Middle Distance summary by Boris Granovskiy

This morning, Team USA athletes competed in the Middle Distance finals at the Junior Orienteering World Championships in Tampere, Finland.

Our lone representative in the A-Final, Anton Salmenkyla, finished 29th, 6:39 behind winner and home favorite Olli Ojanaho. Anton's result is the best-ever US middle distance finish at JWOC, improving on Leif Anderson's 30th place from 2005. Congratulations to Anton and Team USA!

In the men's B-Final, David Runde finished 19th and Thomas Laraia finished 47th.

In the men's C-Final, all three US competitors finished within a minute: Anthony Riley 17th, Aidan Minto 19th, and Peter Zakrevski 23rd.

On the women's side, Isabel Bryant finished 13th in the B-Final, Siri Christopherson was 25th, and Julia Doubson 40th.

In the C-Final, Tyra Christopherson was 2nd, less than 90 seconds from the win. Caroline Sandbo finished 8th and Katie Petersen 21st.

Sprint Final, 12 July | Photos by Dave Yee

World of O write up with maps

Women

1) Simona Aebersold (SUI), 14:02
2) Tereza Janosikova (CZE), 14:09
3) Linnea Golsater (SWE), 14:21
...
33) Emma Waddington (CAN), 15:59
55) Julia Doubson (USA), 16:35
74) Isabel Bryant (USA), 17:01
T86) Tyra Christopherson (USA), 17:18
100) Siri Christopherson (USA), 17:40

118) Nicole Whitmore (CAN), 18:18
121) Emma Sherwood (CAN), 18:25
127) Caroline Sandbo (USA), 19:20
134) Katie Petersen (USA), 21:47



 

Men

1) Olli Ojanaho (FIN), 13:59
2) Tommy Hayes (NZL), 14:07
3) Joey Hadorn (SUI), 14:09
...
T51) Jan Erik Naess (CAN), 15:27
T58) Anton Salmenkyla (USA), 15:36
71) David Runde (USA), 15:57

105) David Bakker (CAN), 16:39
114) Christian Michelsen (CAN), 16:50
143) Aidan Minto (USA), 17:41
147) Leif Blake (CAN), 17:56
T155) Peter Zakrevski (USA), 19:00
157) Caelan McLean (CAN), 19:11
159) AJ Riley (USA), 20:29
-- Michael Svoboda (CAN), dsq
-- Thomas Laraia (USA), dsq

Looking ahead (Boris Granovskiy)

Tomorrow JWOC in Tampere, Finland, continues with the long distance race. It will be a long day, as the 175 men and 149 women will start over a nearly six-hour start window, with the very last to head out into the woods being our own Anton Salmenkyla, starting at 2:49pm local time (7:49am Eastern).

The best U.S. men's result at JWOC in the long distance was John Fredrickson's 32nd place from 2005. Is that record about to fall tomorrow? Follow the race to find out! (The best U.S. women's result in the long - Samantha Saeger's 8th place from 1999 - might be a tougher nut to crack, but you never know.)

Long Final, 14 July | Photos by Dave Yee

Women

1) Simona Aebersold (SUI), 56:03
2) Veera Klemettinen (FIN), 59:17
3) Sofie Bachman (SUI), 1:02:52
...
51) Emma Waddington (CAN), 1:15:10
68) Isabel Bryant (USA), 1:18:53
86) Siri Christopherson (USA), 1:24:00

96) Tyra Christopherson (USA), 1:27:50
119) Emma Sherwood (CAN), 1:35:05
122) Julia Doubson (USA), 1:35:51
131) Katie Petersen (USA), 1:43:57
133) Nicole Whitmore (CAN), 1:47:32
136) Caroline Sandbo (USA), 1:53:01


 

Men

1) Olli Ojanaho (FIN), 1:05:11
2) Simon Imark (SWE), 1:05:54
3) Simon Hector(SWE), 1:06:07
...
75) Anton Salmenkyla (USA), 1:24:36
80) Jan Erik Naess (CAN), 1:26:54
89) Michael Svoboda (CAN),1:28:09
T107) Thomas Laraia (USA), 1:32:23
109) David Runde (USA), 1:32:32
114) Christian Michelsen (CAN), 1:33:24
118) Leif Blake (CAN), 1:34:02
133) David Bakker (CAN),1:38:20
148) Peter Zakrevski (USA), 1:45:31
150) AJ Riley (USA), 1:47:06
157) Caelan McLean (CAN),1:57:18
161) Aidan Minto (USA), 2:02:40

Summary by Boris Granovskiy

For the third race in a row, the king and queen of JWOC were Olli Ojanaho of Finland and Simona Aebersold of Switzerland. The later won by over three minutes and had a margin of nearly seven minutes down to the bronze medal!

The best U.S. results came from Isabel Bryant (68th place) and Anton Salmenkyla (75th).

World of O write-up with maps

Tomorrow, JWOC concludes with the relay!

Relay, 15 July, Official Results | Overall Results | Photos by Dave Yee

Official Results:

Women: 1) Sweden, 1:34:15 - 2) Switzerland, 1:36:00 - 3) Norway, 1:39:21 -- 18) USA1 (Julia Doubson, Tyra Christopherson, Isabel Bryant), 2:06:39 - 20) CAN (Emma Waddington, Emma Sherwood, Nicole Whitmore), 2:14:55

Men: 1) Norway, 1:28:23 - 2) Finland, 1:29:58 - 3) Russian Fed., 1:30:29 -- 18) USA1 (Anton Salmenkyla, Thomas Laraia, David Runde), 1:46:28 - 22) CAN1 (Jan Erik Naess, Leif Blake, Michael Svoboda), 1:49:56

Overall Results (all teams included):

Women: 1) Sweden, 1:34:15 - 2) Switzerland, 1:36:00 - 3) Norway, 1:39:21 -- 28) USA1, 2:06:39 - 31) CAN, 2:14:55 - 38) USA2 (Siri Christopherson, Caroline Sandbo, Katie Petersen), 2:33:52

Men: 1) Norway, 1:28:23 - 2) Finland, 1:29:58 - 3) Russian Fed., 1:30:29 -- 28) USA1, 1:46:28 - 32) CAN1, 1:49:56 - 42) CAN2 (Christian Michelsen, David Bakker, Caelan McLean), 2:03:56 - 56) USA2 (Peter Zakrevski, AJ Riley, Aidan Minto), 2:32:14

World of O write-up with maps

Commentary by Team Coach Erin Schirm:

Relay results:

Men 1 28th overall, 18th official*, tied for best finish ever
Men 2 56th overall

Women 1 28th overall, 18th official
Women 2 38th

* Only one team counts as official per federation

Factors to consider for this year

Anton broke his foot in January, and restarted running at the end of April
Martin could not compete due to mono
David's first JWOC, 16 years old
Aidan put in as Alternate a week before JWOC, 15 years old
AJ's first JWOC, 16 years old

Julia competed at WOC the week before, 17 years old
Tyra competed at WOC week before and was sick the first part of JWOC
Siri's first JWOC, 17 years old
Katie's first JWOC, 17 years old
Caroline's first JWOC, 17 years old

There were 179 men registered and 154 women. There were 38 countries represented.

Summary by Boris Granovskiy

On the men's side, the winners were Norway, leading in dominant style from start to finish. Even Finland's golden boy Olli Ojanaho couldn't touch them, though he did bring his Finland home in 2nd place, earning his only non-gold medal of the Championships. The 1st US men's team had solid races throughout and finished as the 18th country, just 18 minutes behind the winners. The result, posted by the team of Anton Salmenkyla, Thomas Laraia, and David Runde, is tied for the best US men's JWOC relay finish ever, equaling the 2002 team of Dan Walker, John Fredrickson, and Ross Smith. There were a total of 61 teams starting, including nations' 2nd teams and mixed teams. Our 1st team was 28th overall, and the young 2nd team, composed of Peter Zakrevski, Anthony Riley, and Aidan Minto, finished 56th.

On the women's side, Sweden won ahead of Switzerland in an exciting conclusion, denying the Swiss Simona Aebersold a sweep of all four medals. This year's queen of JWOC, she ended up with three golds and a silver. The women of Team USA1 (Julia Doubson, Tyra Christopherson, Isabel Bryant) ran well and finished as the 18th country, capped by an excellent anchor leg from Isabel, who finished her junior careerwhich spanned six (!) JWOCson a high note. Out of all 48 teams that started, USA1 finished 28th and USA2 (Siri Christopherson, Caroline Sandbo, Katie Petersen) 38th, concluding a fine JWOC for Team USA.


Women

Isabel Bryant
Cambridge Sports Union and New England Orienteering Club

Year born: 1997
Hometown:  Cambridge, MA
Occupation:  Student (Wellesley College)
Training Log:  attackpoint.org/log.jsp/user_1233 (Izzy B)

JWOC 2016 Results:  Long – 85th; Middle B Final – 37th; Relay USA2 – 37th
Race Day Breakfast Food:  eggs, yogurt and granola, water, and fruit
Goals for 2017 Orienteering: To make the JWOC Middle A Final.
Academic Goals:  To successfully double-major without too much stress.


Tyra Christopherson
Cascade Orienteering Club

Year born:  1998
Hometown:  Renton, WA
Occupation:  Student (Northeastern University)
Training Log:  attackpoint.org/userprofile.jsp/user_14481 (Tyrannosaurus)

JWOC 2016 Results:  Sprint – 79th; Long – 96th; Middle B Final – 45th; Relay USA2 – 37th
Race Day Breakfast Food:  oatmeal with dried cranberries.
Goals for 2017 Orienteering:  To rank in the top 40 of the JWOC sprint and in the top half of the Middle B final.
Academic Goals:  To graduate from college with honors.


 


Julia Doubson
Bay Area Orienteering Club

Year born:  2000
Hometown:  Palo Alto, CA
Occupation:  Student
Training Log:  attackpoint.org/log.jsp/user_14942 (juliad)

JWOC 2016 Results:  Sprint – 42nd; Long 98th; Middle B Final – 8th; Relay USA1 – 14th (15th on leg)
Race Day Breakfast Food:  scrambled eggs and toast
Goals for 2017 Orienteering:  To improve JWOC results, to become better at navigation and to compete with focus.
Academic Goals:  To graduate from high school.


Siri Christopherson
Cascade Orienteering Club

Year born:  1999
Hometown:  Renton, WA
Occupation:  Student
Training Log:  attackpoint.org/log.jsp/user_15965 (schristoph)

Recent National Meet Results:  US IS/IC 2017 Champs Day 1 and 2 – 4th
Race Day Breakfast Food:  Oatmeal with fruit and nuts.
Goals for 2017 Orienteering:  To do well at JWOC.
Academic Goals:  To maintain her 4.0 GPA and get into college.


Caroline Sandbo
Cascade Orienteering Club

Year born:  1999
Hometown:  Burlington, WA
Occupation:  Student
Training Log:  attackpoint.org/log.jsp/user_17043 (Sandbo)


Recent National Meet Results:  US IS/IC 2017 Champs Day 1 and 2 – 2nd
Race Day Breakfast Food:  Fruit and eggs or yogurt.
Goals for 2017 Orienteering:  To continue to build orienteering skills and fitness.
Academic Goals:  To graduate from high school with a 4.0 and decide where to go to college.


Katie Petersen
Bay Area Orienteering Club

Year born:  1999
Hometown:  Twain Harte, CA
Occupation:  Student


Recent National Meet Results: US IS/IC 2017 Champs Day 1 – 7th and Day 2 – 3rd
Race Day Breakfast Food:  Granola with fruit.
Goals for 2017 Orienteering:  To train hard to become physically prepared for team trials and JWOC.
Academic Goals:  To graduate from high school.

 


Brigitte Bordelon
US Military Academy Orienteering Club

Year born:  1998
Hometown:  San Antonio, TX
Occupation:  Student (United States Military Academy)
Training Log:  attackpoint.org/log.jsp/user_13358 (Bridge)

International Meet Results:  NAOC 2016 Sprint – 10th; Long – 8th; Middle – 8th
Race Day Breakfast Food:  Bagel or peanut butter sandwich.
Goals for 2017 Orienteering:  To heal from a stress fracture and make the JWOC team.
Academic Goals:  To be in the top 25 of my class by graduation.


Men

Martin Heir
Fossum IF (Norway)

Year born:  1998
Hometown:  Blommenholm, NOR
Occupation:  Student
Training Log:  attackpoint.org/log.jsp/user_17077 (mbheir)

JWOC 2016 Results:  Sprint – 80th; Long 48th; Middle B Final – 7th
Race Day Breakfast Food:  Sandwiches
Goals for 2017 Orienteering:  To do the perfect race, where I am at my best both physical and technical and to do it at a high level of competition
Academic Goals:  To celebrate graduating from high school.
 


Peter Zakrevski
Hudson Valley Orienteering

Year born:  1999    
Hometown:  Edison, NJ
Occupation:  Student
Training Log:  attackpoint.org/log.jsp/user_15674 (PZakrevski)

JWOC 2016 Results:  Sprint – 128th; Long 151st; Middle C Final – 21st
Race Day Breakfast Food:  Spaghetti with parmesan cheese.
Goals for 2017 Orienteering:  To improve both technical skills and speed.
Academic Goals:  To maintain high grades in high school.
 


David Runde
MNOC / Kristiansand Orienteering Club

Year born:  2001
Hometown:  Kristiansand, NOR
Occupation:  Student
Training Log:  attackpoint.org/log.jsp/user_16927 (VikingRunner)

 

JWOC 2016 Team Trial Results:  Long – 2nd; Middle – 1st; Sprint – 5th
Race Day Breakfast Food:  Bacon, eggs and sausages for long distance and bread for shorter races.
Goals for 2017 Orienteering:  To master reading the map and making clever route choices and to win Hovedløpet long distance (Norwegian youth championships).
Academic Goals:  To pass tests and learn as much as I can.
 


Anton Salmenkyla
Cambridge Sports Union

Year born:  1997
Hometown:  Helsinki, FIN    
Occupation:  Student

JWOC 2016 Results:  Sprint – 36th; Long 33rd; Middle B Final – 14th; Relay USA1 – 19th (4th on leg)
Race Day Breakfast Food:  Nothing for important races and a small sandwich for others.
Goals for 2017 Orienteering:  To be top 10 at JWOC.
Academic Goals:  To attend college in the US.
 


Thomas Laraia
Minnesota Orienteering Club

Year born:  2000
Hometown:  Houlton, WI
Occupation:  Student
Training Log:  attackpoint.org/log.jsp/user_12488 (Thompas)

JWOC 2016 Results:  Sprint – mp; Long 149th; Middle C Final – 9th; Relay USA1 – 19th (28th on leg)
Race Day Breakfast Food:  Granola with yogurt.
Goals for 2017 Orienteering:  I want to gradually build up my running speed in theforest while still being able to soundly navigate.
Academic Goals:  Excellent performances on AP and SAT exams and to get into a good college.


AJ Riley
Delaware Valley Orienteering Association

Year born:  2001
Hometown:  Wayne, PA
Occupation:  Student
Training Log:  attackpoint.org/log.jsp/user_2697 (ajriley)

JWOC 2016 Team Trial Results:  Long – 4th; Middle – 4th; Sprint – 7th
Race Day Breakfast Food:  Cinnamon rolls and cereal.
Goals for 2017 Orienteering:  To improve my orienteering, specifically navigation and becoming more consistent with my races
Academic Goals:  Graduate from a prestigious tech university.

 


Aidan Minto
Indiana Crossroads Orienteering

Year born:  2002
Hometown:  Indianapolis, IN
Occupation:  Student
Training Log:  attackpoint.org/log.jsp/user_13448 (Aragorn)

Recent National Meet Results:  US IS/IC 2017 Champs Day 1 and 2 – 1st
Race Day Breakfast Food:  Cereal
Goals for 2017 Orienteering:  To attain an OUSA M-20 ranking above 80 and have a satisfying JWOC experience.
Academic Goals:  To graduate from high school and get into a good university.