2012 U.S. Team to WUOC

The U.S. Team to WUOC 2012, Alicante, Spain

June 30 - July 7, 2012

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Alison Campbell, Delaware Valley Orienteering Association

School:  Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland
What is your training routine? I do about 3-4 hours of running/orienteering a week. Generally, I try to have one be a “speed” session and two orienteering. Then fill out the rest of the week with cycling and strength training.
What advice would you give to aspiring athletes? My advice would be get on as many maps as possible and as different as possible. Also make sure you have a strong physical fitness base. Then it is all about consistency and process!
Goals for WUOC 2012: I’m going to make sure that I have clear plans for every leg, follow the processes I have been working on, and aim for solid runs. With that I should do well, but not focusing on placing this year. It’s all about the process!

McKenzie Hudgins, United States Military Academy Orienteering Club

School: US Military Academy, West Point, New York
What is your training routine? I practice with my team five days a week. Mondays are long runs, Tuesdays and Wednesdays are woods practices, Thursdays intervals, and Fridays are always a mix up.
What advice would you give to aspiring athletes? Do what you love and work hard at it.  It’s not always about being THE best, it’s about doing YOUR best and knowing that, in the end, that’s the important thing.  I’m never satisfied unless I know I did everything to prepare and could not have done any better… that’s winning for me.
Goals for WUOC 2012: Do everything I can to prepare and go all in.  This competition will be the biggest I’ve ever been to which is really intimidating. Having the confidence to go in knowing I’m a true competitor and leaving with the satisfaction that I did my best is what I really want from this.  Also, this should be a great experience so I want to get everything out of this trip that I can.


Keith Andersen, United States Military Academy Orienteering Club, West Point, NY

What is your training routine? West Point is strategically located on and near an abundance of ISOM standard mapped land.  We really have it good.  Our team has a training schedule that gets us in the woods and on a map twice a week, on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Monday is cardio endurance, thus we are typically doing a long run, sometimes in the woods and sometimes up hills.  Thursday is our interval day.  The weekends are spent tending to all of the other demands of cadet life if not traveling to and running orienteering meets.
What advice would you give to aspiring athletes? Find enjoyment in what you are doing, so that the energy you put into your training only inspires you to continue improving.
Goals for WUOC 2012: At the last WUOC, I really enjoyed competing on the challenging courses. At that time, I had only run two blue courses so adjusting to the distance and level of difficulty was challenging.  As a result, I had two large errors on the long course which put me near last place. My goal is to keep my error times to a minimum by following the one hunch rule (only one “let me just check that cliff to see if I can figure out where I am” per leg).  If I can keep my concentration up and have a plan for each leg, my times will reflect it.

Charles Whitaker, US Military Academy, West Point, NY

What is your training routine? Although I have grown up in the woods throughout California, this is only my second year of orienteering. At the academy, our typical training routine is a mixture of workouts in preparation for orienteering and life in the army.  However, my favorite training occurs when my team conducts races against each other through the woods on a practice course. On these days I find it most beneficial to analyze and discuss different route choices and difficulties present for each point immediately after running that particular route. It’s always beneficial to discuss a course after completing it, but I find better analysis through the immediate debate of route choice while still in the woods.

John Hensley Williams, U.S. Military Academy Orienteering ClubJohn Hensley Williams, United States Military Academy Orienteering Club, West Point, NY

What is your training routine? Four days a week I take to the roads or forests to practice for 90 minutes or so. As I have become more familiar with the West Point terrain and maps I've begun to increase the speed of my navigation. I have also placed an increasing focus on the intensity of my forest sprint and hill ascension exercises.
What advice would you give to aspiring athletes? Get out there and Orienteer! The greatest aspect that I love about orienteering is its variability throughout the country and the world. To get better, experience is needed in those various terrains. Go out there, orienteer, and make mistakes, new and old, across those various terrains, but reflect on your mistakes and improve on them so that the next time you orienteer on that new map you know what works best for you.
Goals for WUOC 2012: WUOC 2012 is my first University competition, and as such I don't know entirely what to expect from the competition as a whole. I do know, though, that I want to speak with as many people as I can about their races, their routes, and why they chose the routes they did. On top of that, top 75 on the long wouldn't be so bad. ;)


2012 WUOC information

Dear College/University Students and High School Seniors,

The first bulletin for WUOC2012 is available. This world championship will take place in Alicante, Spain, June 30-July 7, 2012. Please refer to it for eligibility and other information.


The selection races for the team will be at the U.S. Intercollegiates Championships in Washington state, April 20-22, 2012:


Here are the Orienteering USA rules for selection of the team to represent the USA:

> The Student Championship Team will be determined in part at the U.S. Intercollegiate Championships prior to the Student World Championships by automatically selecting the top 3 men and top 3 women from among the eligible varsity competitors. The remaining 2 men and 2 women, and alternates, will be selected by the Team Selection Committee.

> If the size of the teams allowed at the University World Championships changes from its current 5 men and 5 women, then approximately 60% of the team will be based strictly on the results of the Intercollegiate competition, with the remaining members selected by the Team Selection Committee. The criteria used by the Selection Committee will be made available after 1/1/12.

Please note that graduating high school seniors who have been accepted at an accredited university/college are eligible if they meet the age requirement (born between Jan. 1st 1984 and Dec, 31st 1994).

More information will be forthcoming as I receive it. If you have additional questions feel free to email me. I would appreciate a heads-up if you are planning to try out for the team.

-- Linda Kohn, (wornerkohn [at] aol [dot] com), 2012 WUOC contact

updated 1/11/12

The top 3 varsity men and women winners (using the sum total of the three Intercollegiate races) are automatically selected to the team.

The 4th person will be selected by the selection committee based upon IC results and rankings.  If any of the top 3-placing Intercollegiate athletes, or any selectees, decline, the Selection Committee will pick athletes as needed to bring the Team size up to 4 using IC results, rankings, A meet results, and dedication to training as evidenced by Attackpoint logs (or other log information submitted by the athlete).

A fifth athlete will be selected if his/her time is within 15% of the average of the times of the top 3 U.S. WUOC Team-eligible athletes for at least ONE of the THREE races of the Intercollegiates AND his/her 2011 year-end ranking for either the Blue OR the Red for Men, or the Red OR the Green course for Women, scaled so that the rankings of the top 3 U.S. WUOC Team-eligible athletes attending the Intercollegiates average 100, is greater than 85.  A fifth athlete may also be selected based upon a petition.

Anyone who is not able to attend the Intercollegiates can petition for a place on the team.   Petitions will be considered using A-meet results, rankings and dedication to training as evidenced by Attackpoint logs (or other log information submitted by the athlete).  The petition must be submitted by 9am on the first day of the Intercollegiates on the form supplied below by the selection committee (earlier would be better if possible).

Choose the WUOC 2012 Petition (PDF fillable form) and send a copy of it to Linda, OR copy and paste the text below into an e-mail.

for a Position on the WUOC2012 Team

Submit this information via email to Linda Kohn wornerkohn@aol.com.

Please include ALL of the following information:
1. Name:
2. email:
3. phone:
4. Attack Point name:
5. If you do not log on AP, please submit your training log for the past 6 months.  You may submit it by email or by mailing it to: Linda Kohn, 874 Edgemere Drive, Rochester, NY 14612. If you mail a copy of your log it must be received by the Tuesday before the first day of Intercollegiate competition (April 17, 2012).
6. Name of your coach:
    Coach's email:

7.  Reason you are not attending the selection race:

8.  Do you meet all of the eligibility requirements? Please answer all 3 questions:
    A.  Are you currently officially registered, (or have been accepted for admission) as proceeding towards a degree or diploma at the university or similar institute whose status is recognized by the appropriate national academic authority of their country, or a former student who has obtained an academic degree or diploma in the year 2011?
    B.  Is your date of birth between January 1st, 1984 and December 31st, 1994?
    C.  Are you a full passport-holding citizen of the USA?

9.  Are you definitely able to attend the competition (July 2-7, Alicante, Spain)?

10.  Is there anything else you would like the committee to consider?