CROC at 2017 National Championships at Gold Rush Days, Idaho

by Jill and Rick McBee

CROC's Dan Grabski punching a control on the sprint course.

CROC's Dan Grabski punching a control on the sprint course.

Once again City of Trees Orienteering Club (CTOC), Boise, Idaho put on a great national event for all of us in the orienteering world. CROC was represented by 7 members of our club in each of the following age groups: Dan Grabski and Mike Kacmar in Men’s 35+, Alex Myachin in Men’s 45+, Scott Drumm in Men’s 50+, Mike Poulson in Men’s 55+, Rick McBee in Men’s 70+ and Jill McBee in Women’s 70+. 

The Sprint race on the Boise State University Campus was a true test of speed, endurance and quick thinking for all within the mass of classroom and dormitory buildings interspersed with small gardens, works of art and tennis courts. There were lots of direction changes, cull de sacs and route selection opportunities for all. 

The Middle and Long Distance races were held just outside of Stanley, Idaho at an elevation of about 7000 feet. For both races, the complex moraine landscape was unusual in having a large number of depressions caused by the ancient ice of a long gone glacier. This was further complicated by many areas of deadfall within the mature Lodge Pole Pine forest which made direct line running difficult if not impossible in a number of areas. These obstacles made for very difficult navigation with the necessity of runners using their maps to decipher the terrain as they detoured through the maze-like courses. 

As always in national level events, a few extra seconds of decision making or dis-orientation on a course made all the difference between a competitor winning a medal or being only in the runners-up for any race. In the end, all agreed that CTOC had once again done a magnificent job of setting and organizing the courses to comply with the distance and winning time requirements of the completion. 

Several of our CROC members were awarded medals for their efforts placing them at or near the top of the nation’s orienteering age groups. The awards were as follows:

Dan Grabski: Bronze Medal for 3rd Place In men’s 35+ Overall for two best of three scores.

Mike Kacmar: Bronze Medal for 3rd Place in men’s 35+ Sprint. 

Rick McBee: Bronze Medal for 3rd Place in men’s 70+ Middle Distance.

Jill McBee: Silver Medal for 2nd Place women’s 70+ Sprint, Silver Medal for 2nd place in women’s 70+ Middle Distance, and Silver Medal for 2nd place women’s 70+ Long Distance. Additionally, Jill received a Bronze Medal for 3rd place in the women’s 70+ Overall for two best scores in a category which included the scores of non-USA competitors as well. 

Hurray for CROC! 

Jill and Rick McBee with an impressive hardware collection! National Championships, Idaho, 2017.

Jill and Rick McBee with an impressive hardware collection! National Championships, Idaho, 2017.