2018 U.S. Junior World Orienteering Championship Team

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The following orienteers represented the U.S. at the Junior World Orienteering Championships 8–14 July 2018, in Kecskemét, Hungary.

Profiles of the athletes are available below. Some of the National Junior Program athletes (maybe future JWOC Team members?) are also profiled.

Please support the Team, either by participating in the Control Challenge, or by making a donation and designating it for the Junior Team.

WomenMen

Julia Doubson, BAOC
Siri Christopherson, COC
Tyra Christopherson, COC
Brigitte Bordelon, USMA
Caroline Sandbo, COC
Diana Aleksieva, QOC

***

Sarah Petersen, BAOC (1st Alternate)
Katie Petersen, BAOC (2nd Alternate)

Team Leader:
Erin Schirm

Peter Zakrevski, HVO
David Runde, MNOC/Kristiansand
Martin Heir, Fossum IF
Thomas Laraia, MNOC
Anthony Riley, DVOA
Aidan Minto, ICO

***

Turner Leigh, (1st Alternate)
Keegan Harkavy, (2nd Alternate)
Kai Mihata, (3rd Alternate)
 


Left to right:
Coach Erin Schirm, Diana Aleksieva, Carolina Sandbo, Brigitte Bordelon, Tyra Christopherson, Siri Christopherson, Julia Doubson, Coach Greg Ahlswede, Thomas Laraia, Anthony Riley, Peter Zakrevski, David Runde, Aidan Minto, Turner Leigh
(at the Junior Team Trials in California; click photo for larger view. Photo credit: Angelica Riley)
     

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Program

  • July  7 - Arrival
  • July 8 - Opening Ceremonies, Model Event
  • July 9 - Long Distance Final
  • July 10 - Sprint Distance Final
  • July 11 - Rest day, Model Event
  • July 12 - Middle Distance Qualifier
  • July 13 - Middle Distance Final
  • July 14 - Relay
  • July 15 - Departure

2018 JWOC Team at Opening Ceremony (photo courtesy Jr Orienteering Team Facebook page)
Back: Peter Zakrevski, Martin Borge Heir, Anthony Riley, Aidan Minto, Thomas Laraia, David Runde
Front: Siri Christopherson, Tyra Christopherson, Julia Doubson, Caroline Sandbo, Diana Aleksieva, Brigitte Bordelon

Results, and some commentary from Boris Granovskiy:

July 8 While the World Masters is already underway, the World Junior Orienteering Championships get going tomorrow in Kecskemet, Hungary. Tomorrow is the long distance final. Team USA has a full contingent on the start line, with six competitors in W20 and six in M20.
July 9 — This morning was the long distance race at JWOC in Hungary. The winners were Simona Aebersold of Switzerland in W20 and Kasper Fosser of Norway in M20. The best US finishers were Tyra Christopherson (66th place in W20) and Thomas Laraia (77th in M20). Congratulations to everyone from Team USA on surviving the long and hot race in the Hungarian sun!
       It is worth noting that Canada's Jan Erik Naess finished 13th in M20, less than 3 minutes from a medal. This is the best-ever performance by a North American male at JWOC.

 

Long Final, Monday, July 9 — Maps on RouteGadget

  • Women: 10.2km, 18c; 148 competitors
    1) Simona Aebersold (SUI), 54:37; 2) Zsofia Sarkozy (HUN), 59:40; 3) Tereza Janosikova (CZE), 60:33;
    66) Tyra Christopherson (USA), 74:50; 71) Emma Waddington (CAN), 76:18; 77) Siri Christopherson (USA), 77:47; 80) Rachel May (CAN), 78:12; 90) Julia Doubson (USA), 80:58; 122) Caroline Sandbo (USA), 94:17; 127) Brigitte Bordelon (USA), 103:33: 128) Sianna Dorsey (CAN), 103:52; 134) Diana Aleksieva (USA), 115:03
  • Men: 15km, 29c, 164 competitors
    1) Kasper Fosser (NOR), 69:25; 2) Matthieu Perrin (FRA), 73:46; 3) Daniel Vandas (CZE), 75:02;
    13) Jan Erik Naess (CAN), 77:37; 77) Thomas Laraia (USA), 91:35; 83) Martin Borge Heir (USA), 92:04; 89) Christian Michelsen (CAN), 93:57; 106) Aidan Mindo (USA), 97:19; 111) David Runde (USA), 98:06; 127) Peter Zakrevski (USA), 105:14; 133) Anthony Riley (USA), 107:50; 150) David Bakker (CAN), 120:44; 151) Graeme Farrand (CAN), 121:39; 153) Tomas Graham (CAN), 126:42
     
  • Junior Team blog post

July 10 — Today was the sprint race, and Team USA put in some top performances. Julia, Tyra, and Siri all finished within an eight-second span in places 62, 63, and 68 out of over 140 competitors.
      The Canadian team shone again, with Emma Waddington earning a 6th place in the sprint with a spectacular run. Congratulations Emma!

Sprint Final, Tuesday, July 10 — Maps on RouteGadget

  • Women: 3.7km, 21c; 150 competitors
    1) Simona Aebersold (SUI), 15:35; 2) Tereza Janosikova (CZE), 16:01; 3) Csilla Gárdonyi (HUN), 16:37;
    6) Emma Waddington (CAN), 16:53; 62) Julia Doubson (USA), 19:11; 63) Tyra Christopherson (USA), 19:12; 68) Siri Christopherson (USA), 19:19; 112) Brigitte Bordelon (USA), 21:26; 124) Sianna Dorsey (CAN), 22:43; 133) Caroline Sandbo (USA), 23:54; 140) Diana Aleksieva (USA), 26:18. Rachel May MP
  • Men: 4.1km, 24c; 163 competitors
    1) Colin Kolbe (GER), 15:48; 2) Matthew Fellbaum (GBR), 15:56; 3T) Otto Kaario (FIN), 15:57; 3T) Kasper Fosser (NOR), 15:57;
    53) Jan Erik Naess (CAN), 17:42; 57) Christian Michelsen (CAN), 17:51; 76) David Runde (USA), 18:28; 88) Peter Zakrevski (USA), 18:37; 108) David Bakker (CAN), 19:28; 133) Aidan Minto (USA), 20:56; Anthony Riley (USA), 21:07; 137) Thomas Laraia (USA), 21:36; 142) Graeme Farrand (CAN), 21:57; 144) Michael Svoboda (CAN), 22:17; 146) Tomas Graham (CAN), 22:59

Middle Qualifier, Thursday, July 12 — Maps on RouteGadget

  • Women:
    Heat 1 — 3.4km, 16c; 53 competitors
    1) Zsofia Sarkozy (HUN), 23:56
    41) Julia Doubson (USA), 35:18; 49) Rachel May (CAN), 43:06; 52) Diana Aleksieva (USA), 57:06
    Heat 2 — 3.5km, 16c; 53 competitors
    1) Veronika Kalinina (RUS), 24:40
    28) Tyra Christopherson (USA), 31:36; 40) Brigitte Bordelon (USA), 36:17; Sianna Dorsey (CAN), 41:12
    Heat 3 — 3.5km, 15c; 52 competitors
    1) Kristina Smirnova (RUS), 25:00
    15) Emma Waddington (CAN), 29:16; 44) Siri Christopherson (USA), 35:15; 46) Caroline Sandbo (USA); 36:09
  • Men:
    Heat 1 — 4.2km, 17c, 58 competitors
    1) Eirik Langedal Breivik (NOR), 25:22
    29) Martin Borge Heir (USA), 29:53; 38) Peter Zakrevski (USA), 32:39; 47) David Bakker (CAN), 38:35; 50) Christian Michelsen (CAN), 40:34
    Heat 2 — 4.3km, 17c, 57 competitors
    1) Kasper Fosser (NOR), 24:46
    24) Michael Svoboda (CAN), 30:34; 45) Tomas Graham (CAN), 37:43; 51) Anthony Riley (USA), 41:21; 56) David Runde (USA), 49:49
    Heat 3 — 4.2km, 17c, 57 competitors
    1) Guilhelm Haberkorn (FRA), 24:57
    37) Thomas Laraia (USA), 32:07; 44) Jan Erik Naess (CAN), 34:07; 48) Aidan Minto (USA), 35:45; 52) Graham Farrand (CAN), 39:21

July 12 Today was the middle distance final at JWOC. Team USA's best performances came from Tyra (12th in the Women's B Final) and Martin (14th in the Men's B Final).
      Tomorrow JWOC concludes with the relay. Team USA is bringing 4 teams to the start line, two in each category. Both the men's and women's teams are defending an 18th place from a year ago. Good luck to the teams!

Middle Final, Friday, July 13 — Maps on RouteGadget

  • Women:
    A Final — 3.6km, 14c, 60 competitors
    1) Gárdonyi Csilla (HUN), 28:59; 2) Sanna Fast (SWE), 29:07; 3) Barbora Chaloupska (CZE), 29:25
    38) Emma Waddington (CAN), 38:38
    B Final — 3.1km, 12c, 60 competitors
    1) Juliette Basset  (FRA), 27:26; ... 12) Tyra Christopherson (USA), 30:30; 55) Brigitte Bordelon (USA); 68:14
    C Final — 2.8km, 12c, 37 competitors
    1) Vilma von Krusenstierna (SWE), 26:20; ... 13) Siri Christopherson (USA), 37:50; 15) Sianna Dorsey (CAN), 38:59; 19T) Caroline Sandbo (USA), Rachel May (CAN), 40:39; 33) Diana Aleksieva (USA), 73:22
  • Men:
    A Final — 4.4km, 17c, 60 competitors
    1) Jesper Svensk (SWE), 29:32; 2) Simon Imark (SWE), 29:49; 3) Henrik Johannesson (SWE), 30:08
    no U.S. or Canadian men in A final
    B Final — 3.8km, 15c, 60 competitors
    1) Tomas Krivda (CZE), 30:14; ... 14) Martin Borge Heir (USA), 35:19; 30) Michael Svoboda (CAN), 40:09; 39) Thomas Laraia (USA), 43:32; 45)  Peter Zakrevski (USA), 47:12
    C Final — 3.4km, 15c, 52 competitors
    1) Nicola Mueller (SUI),  21:11; 2) Jan Eric Naess (CAN), 22:02; 8) Christian Michelsen (CAN), 25:03; 21) Anthony Riley (USA), 29:16; 26) Tomas Graham (CAN), 31:05; 28) David Bakker (CAN), 32:14; 30) David Runde (USA), 32:43; 36) Graeme Farrand (CAN), 33:35; 45) Aidan Minto (USA), 39:33

July 15 JWOC in Hungary concluded this past weekend with the relay races.
      Team USA's top M20 team, consisting of Thomas Laraia, David Runde, and Martin Borge Heir, had an outstanding performance, finishing as the 21st team overall and the 15th nation, just under 17% behind the winning Norwegian team. Martin, especially, had a great final leg, moving Team USA from 28th to 15th nation position. Well done! The second M20 team, consisting of Aidan Minto, Anthony Riley, and Peter Zakrevski also had a solid performance, finishing 38th overall out of 56 teams.
      On the F20 side, the top U.S. team  (Siri Christopherson, Tyra Christopherson, Julia Doubson*) started strong, powered by Siri and Tyra on the first two legs, and was less than 4 minutes behind the lead through two legs. The team finished as the 22nd nation overall. The second F20 team (Caroline Sandbo, Brigitte Bordelon, Diana Aleksieva) finished 34th out 48th starting teams.
      A great performance by our juniors in Hungary this summer! Congratulations and a big thank-you to all the coaches, team leaders, parents, and supporters.

Relay, Saturday, July 14 — Maps on RouteGadget

  • Women:
    1) RUS Russian Federation 104:44
    2) CZE Czech Republic 105:52
    3) NOR Norway 106:34
    28) USA 1, 131:56 (Siri Christopherson, Tyra Christopherson, Julia Doubson)
    29) CAN, 134:36 (Emma Waddington, Sianna Dorsey, Rachel May)
    34) USA 2, 152:02 (Brigitte Bordelon, Caroline Sandbo, Diana Aleksieva)
  • Men:
    1) NOR Norway 100:13
    2) SWE Sweden 102:40
    3) CZE Czech Republic 105:33
    21) USA 1, 117:09 (Thomas Laraia, David Runde, Martin Borge Heir)
    38) USA 2, 130:17 (Aidan Minto, Anthony Riley, Peter Zakrevski)

    44) CAN 2, 152:18 (Graeme Farrand, Tomas Graham, David Bakker)
    mp CAN 1 (Jan Erik Naess, Christian Michelsen, Michael Svoboda)

Women

Diana Aleksieva
Quantico Orienteering Club

Year born:  2002
Hometown:  Charlottesville, Virginia
Training Log:  Attackpoint username — diva

How did you get involved in orienteering? I got involved in orienteering from my dad who also does orienteering.

Which of your 2017 result(s) are you most proud of and why? One of my 2017 results that I am proud of is the result from the first day of the US Classic Camps in Marine Corps Base Quantico because I was able to run throughout my course fast and at the same time to keep contact with my map, which led me to have a good race.

What are your preferred events and type of terrain? My preferred events are sprints in urban areas.

What is your strongest asset as an orienteer? My strongest asset as an orienteer is deduction because even when I make a mistake in orienteering I learn from that mistake and keep going.

What is one place that you want to orienteer in, but haven’t had a chance to yet? One place that I want to orienteer in is Norway.

What goals do you have for 2018, outside of orienteering? Outside of orienteering one of my goals is to finish my AP classes with all As. Other goals for 2018 include learning to drive, finding a summer job and having a good cross-country season in the fall.

Tell a fun fact about yourself. One of my favorite travel snacks is pretzels.


Brigitte Bordelon
US Military Academy Orienteering Club

Year born:  1998
Hometown:  San Antonio, Texas
Training Log:  Attackpoint username — Bridge

How did you get involved in orienteering? I first got involved in orienteering freshman year of high school through JROTC, after cross-country season ended. I’d only planned on sticking with the orienteering team until track season began, but after the first competition, I was hooked.

Which of your 2017 result(s) are you most proud of and why? I am most proud of my performance the second day of the QOC
Quinquagenary because, while it was not an entirely smooth race, I took the mistakes I made the previous day, successfully applied what I learned from them, and stayed focused throughout the entire race.

What are your preferred events and type of terrain? I enjoy middles for their technical challenges, and while I’m not great at
them, sprints for their fast pace. As for terrain, I’m partial to spur-and-reentrant topography with lots of open woods or fields that allow fast running, such as in the QOC and BAOC regions.

What is your strongest asset as an orienteer? I love challenges and am able to stay motivated and optimistic no matter
what a race throws at me—ridiculously long legs, challenging terrain, lots of climb—because even if I don’t do well, it’s an opportunity to learn and improve.

What is one place that you want to orienteer in, but haven’t had a chance to yet? The Southwest United States

What goals do you have for 2018, outside of orienteering? Maintain my GPA, learn how to do a muscle-up, and improve my overhead squat and snatch form.

Tell a fun fact about yourself: Favorite control description symbol is the symbol for bridge, for obvious reasons.


Siri Christopherson
Cascade Orienteering Club

Year born:  1999
Hometown:  Renton, Washington
Training Log:  Attackpoint username — schristoph

How did you get involved in orienteering? My family went to a few local meets when I was little, but it didn’t really get serious until freshman year of high school.

Which of your 2017 result(s) are you most proud of and why? Of my 2017 results I would say I’m most proud of my race in the Long at JWOC in Tampere, Finland. It wasn’t a perfectly clean race, but I felt in control for 99 percent of the race, I picked good routes, and I pushed myself throughout.

What are your preferred events and type of terrain? I don’t have much of a preference for events. Being from Seattle, I really appreciate a nice open forest terrain with good runnability.

What is your strongest asset as an orienteer? I’m a cross-country and track runner, so that really helps with the physical side of orienteering.

What is one place that you want to orienteer in, but haven’t had a chance to yet? I hope to someday make it out to the Big 5 O-Week in South Africa!

What goals do you have for 2018, outside of orienteering? My goals are making it to State in track, running an 11:15 3200m, running a 5:15 1600m, graduating from high school, and choosing a university to attend in the fall.

Tell a fun fact about yourself: My daily breakfast is a big bowl of oatmeal with peanut butter, fruit, nuts, and flax seeds.


Tyra Christopherson
Cascade Orienteering Club

Year born:  1998
Hometown:  Renton, Washington
Training Log:  Attackpoint username — Tyrannosaurus

How did you get involved in orienteering? When I was young, my family would orienteer together as a family activity once or twice a year. In my sophomore year of high school, I began orienteering more regularly and more independently, and I joined Cascade’s interscholastic league (WIOL).

Which of your 2017 result(s) are you most proud of and why? I am most proud of my result in the WOC sprint qualifier race. This was my first WOC race ever, and I managed to keep calm among all the other talented athletes. Although the race had little technical challenge, I was very pleased with my solid race and strong first showing at WOC.

What are your preferred events and type of terrain? I enjoy technical, urban sprints, as well as middles in open forested and runnable detailed terrain.

What is your strongest asset as an orienteer? My strongest asset as an orienteer is my concentration and endurance throughout
an entire race.

What is one place that you want to orienteer in, but haven’t had a chance to yet? Spain.

What goals do you have for 2018, outside of orienteering? I aim to use my internship this spring and my classes in the fall semester to continue figuring out what I want to do with my life in terms of a career and making an impact on others.

Tell a fun fact about yourself: Before a race, I make sure to eat a hearty breakfast of oatmeal with dried cranberries, walnuts, and frozen berries.


Julia Doubson
Bay Area Orienteering Club

Year born:  2000
Hometown:  Palo Alto, California
Training Log:  Attackpoint username — juliad

How did you get involved in orienteering? Through my family

Which of your 2017 result(s) are you most proud of and why? WOC Sprint Qualification. It was my first time racing at WOC, I had an almost clean race and placed pretty well.

What are your preferred events and type of terrain? Sprint, open hills

What is your strongest asset as an orienteer? Running fast

What is one place that you want to orienteer in, but haven’t had a chance to yet? Italy

What goals do you have for 2018, outside of orienteering? graduate

Tell a fun fact about yourself: My favorite recovery drink is chocolate milk.


Katie Petersen
Bay Area Orienteering Club

Year born:  1999
Hometown:  Twain Harte, California
Training log: Attackpoint username — katiepetersen

How did you get involved in orienteering? My parents met orienteering so even though we didn’t live close to our club I grew up orienteering.

Which of your 2017 result(s) are you most proud of and why? I am most proud of my JWOC long race because i felt physically really good and had a lot of fun out on that course.  

What are your preferred events and type of terrain? My preferred events and terrain are very hilly, open, long courses.

What is your strongest asset as an orienteer? I have endurance when it comes to the steep hills and strong mind power to keep going.

What is one place that you want to orienteer in, but haven’t had a chance to yet? I would love to orienteer in New Zealand and hope to be able to do that if I do a study abroad year there in the upcoming years.

What goals do you have for 2018, outside of orienteering? My goals for 2018 is to make the JWOC team again and place better in the middle qualifications than last year.

Tell a fun fact about yourself: favorite race day breakfast? Yogurt and granola; night before race supper? Pasta; control description symbol? Pipeline  ->->-> ; recovery drink? Anything from Jamba Juice; travel snack? mandarin oranges


Sarah Petersen
Bay Area Orienteering Club

Year born:  1999
Hometown:  Twain Harte, California
Training log: Attackpoint username — saryyyzzz

How did you get involved in orienteering? My parents met through orienteering so I have been orienteering since I could walk.

Which of your 2017 result(s) are you most proud of and why? I am pretty proud of my Venla and Jukola results from last summer. I preformed well on my Venla race because I made up some time for my relay team and passed quite a few racers. Then, last minute I was chosen to step in for a sick member of the USA Jukola team. I was proud of myself for stepping up with such short notice to run in Jukola during the night/early morning even though I had just run in Venla.

What are your preferred events and type of terrain? I prefer terrain that doesn’t have all those hidden ankle-breaking rocks. I am also partial to hilly terrain because I can go relatively fast on hills and make up time. My favorite event is the long.

What is your strongest asset as an orienteer? I don’t give up.

What is one place that you want to orienteer in, but haven’t had a chance to yet? I really want to orienteer in Norway. That would be sweet.

What goals do you have for 2018, outside of orienteering? My goal for 2018 and for life is to continuously put happiness first. It’s also a goal of mine to travel as much as I possibly can. Also passing my chemistry class would be nice.

Tell a fun fact about yourself: My favorite dinner to have the night before a race is spaghetti because I eat a lot of spaghetti and needing to carbo-load before a race helps me to justify in my mind that eating it is a good choice for once.


Caroline Sandbo
Cascade Orienteering Club

Year born:  1999
Hometown:  Burlington, Washington
Training Log:  Attackpoint username — 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.



Men

Martin Heir
Fossum IF (Norway)

Year born:  1998
Hometown:  Oslo, Norway
Training Log:  Attackpoint username — mbheir (also on Strava)

How did you get involved in orienteering? My father’s an orienteer and that’s how my family started going to races from early on. I've been competing a lot in several other sports including XC-skiing, Biathlon (ski-shooting) and kayaking. I think it was the navigation and mental aspect about orienteering, along with being out in the summer woods, that really made a difference when choosing what sport to fully commit to.

Which of your 2017 result(s) are you most proud of and why? Last season I got mono after winning the JWOC team trials in April, and I couldn't start racing again until September. Actually, my first race after getting mono was Norwegian Champs middle distance, where I placed 13/40 competitors in M-20. A strong comeback with minimal training. Even though my spring results were better, I am most proud of this result.

What are your preferred events and type of terrain? I like the middle distance and I like it difficult. I like challenges. Relays are fun too, especially with high team spirit.  

What is your strongest asset as an orienteer? Definitely not my ankles. However, I'm known to have really good downhill splits, so either it holds or it doesn’t ;)

What is one place that you want to orienteer in, but haven’t had a chance to yet? There are so many places to orienteer and visit I don’t know what to say. Maybe Africa or China. Also, really looking forward to Yukon this summer. [North American O Championships]

What goals do you have for 2018, outside of orienteering? I'm releasing some music and hopefully get some nice grades.

Tell a fun fact about yourself: I'm so American I've never been to a live soccer game; and I really, really hate 2ft fences ;)
(For those who don´t know, Martin was injured at JWOC2016 after jumping a fence, so that he couldn’t run the last leg at the relay.)


Keegan Harkavy
 

Year born:  2003
Hometown:  Massachusetts
Training Log:  Attackpoint username — keegan



Thomas Laraia
Minnesota Orienteering Club

Year born:  2000
Hometown:  Houlton, Wisconsin
Training Log:  Attackpoint username — Thompas

How did you get involved in orienteering? My mom orienteered as she grew up in Romania. She taught my brothers and I how to orienteer when we were old enough to be carried around in a backpack.

Which of your 2017 result(s) are you most proud of and why? I am most proud of my long race at JWOC. I finished just outside the top 100, which is a great improvement on my results from JWOC 2016, and made minimal errors throughout.

What are your preferred events and type of terrain? I prefer forest events over sprint events because they require more skillful route choice selection and execution. The long is my favourite event, although not by a lot, because a lot can happen in a long race and I prefer the mental challenge of endurance that long races offer. My favourite type of terrain is open forest with soft ground, a common sight in Switzerland (i.e. Grindelwald) and Scandinavia.

What is your strongest asset as an orienteer? I have an intuitive mindset and learn quickly. I am very keen on adding new navigation techniques from my arsenal and enjoy watching and learning from the best.

What is one place that you want to orienteer in, but haven’t had a chance to yet? I would love to visit the open, rocky terrain in Portugal and Spain; the forests look a lot more forgiving than in Minnesota.

What goals do you have for 2018, outside of orienteering? I would love to be happy with whatever university I choose to attend and not worry too much about money.

Tell a fun fact about yourself: Sierra Trail Mix is the best Clif bar by far. Get out of here with that blueberry mess.


Turner Leigh
Quantico Orienteering club

Year born:  2000
Hometown: Leesburg, Virginia
Training Log:  Attackpoint username — TurnerLeigh

How did you get involved in orienteering? I started orienteering as a freshman with my NJROTC Orienteering team. I had some natural talent, and my passion for the sport propelled me into the orienteer I am today.

Which of your recent result(s) are you most proud of and why? My performance at the 2018 JWOC Team Trials gave me renewed confidence in my ability to compete alongside the best our nation has to offer.

What are your preferred events and type of terrain? Night-O’s are a blast. Open forest, with distinct and gradual contour suit me well.

What is your strongest asset as an orienteer? I am extremely adaptable and open minded to advice and new ways to improve. Grit, resilience, and the ability to learn and improve from my mistakes.

What is one place that you want to orienteer in, but haven’t had a chance to yet? The bayous of Louisiana.

What goals do you have for 2018, outside of orienteering? Score a perfect score on the Marine Corps Physical Fitness Test.

Tell a fun fact about yourself: It took me three years to learn that the distinct vegetation boundary symbol did not represent a bunch of rocks in a row.


Kai Mihata
Cascade Orienteering Club

Year born:  2000
Hometown:  Seattle, Washington
Training Log:  Attackpoint username — kaimihata

How did you get involved in orienteering? My middle school had orienteering as a PE elective once a week.

Which of your 2017 result(s) are you most proud of and why? I’m most proud of my performance in the 2016-2017 WIOL season. [WIOL = Washington state Interscholastics Orienteering League]

What are your preferred events and type of terrain? My favorite orienteering event is sprinting, and I especially enjoy urban sprints.

What is your strongest asset as an orienteer? As an orienteer, I don’t think I’m discouraged easily by my mistakes, I think I’m able to recover and stay focused throughout my races despite any mistakes.

What is one place that you want to orienteer in, but haven’t had a chance to yet? I think it would be really interesting to have an orienteering course inside a large building with several levels.

What goals do you have for 2018, outside of orienteering? Get into college.

Tell a fun fact about yourself: I buy a bag of chex mix at the airport before almost every plane flight I go on.


Aidan Minto
Indiana Crossroads Orienteering

Year born:  2002
Hometown:  Indianapolis, Indiana
Training Log:  Attackpoint username — Aragorn

How did you get involved in orienteering? I went orienteering with my parents about 10 years ago, then started doing courses on my own about 7 years ago.

Which of your 2017 result(s) are you most proud of and why? I am most proud of my results at the QOC U.S. Classic Championships, where I got 2nd overall against some of the toughest competition in the country.

What are your preferred events and type of terrain? I prefer longer events in hilly, ridge and re-entrant terrain.

What is your strongest asset as an orienteer? My strongest asset as an orienteer is my physical fitness for longer distances.

What is one place that you want to orienteer in, but haven’t had a chance to yet? I want to orienteer in southern France’s incredibly detailed terrain.

What goals do you have for 2018, outside of orienteering? My goals for 2018 are to pass my college entrance exams and get into good colleges.

Tell a fun fact about yourself: favorite control description symbol? Ant hill; recovery drink? Chocolate milk


Anthony Riley
Delaware Valley Orienteering Association

Year born:  2001
Hometown:  Wayne, Pennsylvania
Training Log:  Attackpoint username — ajriley

How did you get involved in orienteering? My parents took me orienteering from a very young age and I’ve done it ever since.

Which of your 2017 result(s) are you most proud of and why? I was proud of my Team Trials results for 2017, specifically the Middle where I had a good race physically and technically and managed to find everything just fine in the tough terrain.

What are your preferred events and type of terrain? My favorite event is the Middle. My favorite terrain is probably open woods with medium sized contours.

What is your strongest asset as an orienteer? My biggest strength in orienteering is my technical skill. I have had consistent races last year without making any big mistakes which is a big reason I had so much success.

What is one place that you want to orienteer in, but haven’t had a chance to yet? I would like to orienteer in Russia since I’ve never orienteered there, and I am interested in what type of terrain they have.

What goals do you have for 2018, outside of orienteering? Since I am finishing up my Junior year and going into my last year of high school I want to make it into a good university that I will enjoy for my next 4 years.

Fun facts: Favorite —
race day breakfast? Cheerios
night before race supper? Pasta with Red Sauce
control description symbol? I like the Deciduous tree symbol
recovery drink? Chocolate Milk
travel snack? Chips and Salsa


David Runde
MNOC / Kristiansand Orienteering Club

Year born:  2001
Hometown:  Kristiansand, Norway
Training Log:  Attackpoint username — VikingRunner

How did you get involved in orienteering? I was a lazy child, I didn't do very much of anything at all. My mom heard about orienteering from a colleague and signed me up. After a while I got hooked!

Which of your 2017 result(s) are you most proud of and why? I am very proud of my 31st place at the JWOC 2017 Middle Qualification race, only 27 seconds behind making the A-final! I am also very happy to have placed fifth at the Norwegian Youth Championship Sprint and second at the Long Distance.

What are your preferred events and type of terrain? I prefer middle distance races; they're a perfect combination of control density and speed. My preferred terrain has to be the kind with a high density of details to read and interesting contours. Nothing like running at home!

What is your strongest asset as an orienteer? My strongest asset as an orienteer is my ability to have consistent results. I generally don't make big mistakes and find my way to the control.

What is one place that you want to orienteer in, but haven’t had a chance to yet? I'd love to run anywhere south of central Europe or the United States.  Specifically Australia would be really cool.

What goals do you have for 2018, outside of orienteering? I want to train my dog not to bite me.

Tell a fun fact about yourself: My favorite travel snack is licorice, my favorite race day breakfast is licorice, my favorite night before race dinner is licorice, my favorite recovery drink is licorice.


Peter Zakrevski
Hudson Valley Orienteering

Year born:  1999    
Hometown:  Edison, New Jersey
Training Log:  Attackpoint username —  Z Runner

How did you get involved in orienteering? I have been orienteering ever since I was dragged out into the woods at the age of 3 and given the task of following my grandmother out of the woods. It was a fun experience so I kept at it.

Which of your 2017 result(s) are you most proud of and why? My best result was in the first day of the QOC Quinquagenary National Meet. I had a very clean, very fast run and it was one of my best runs to date.

What are your preferred events and type of terrain? My preferred event is the middle as it’s not too short, but not too long and my favorite terrain is the technical, boulder-filled terrain of West Point and Harriman.

What is your strongest asset as an orienteer? My strongest asset is my attitude. Even if I have a bad run one day, I don’t let it get to me and instead focus and bounce back on the next race.

What is one place that you want to orienteer in, but haven’t had a chance to yet? I would love to orienteer New Zealand; the area is very beautiful.

What goals do you have for 2018, outside of orienteering? In 2018 I want to finally find Waldo and his friends in every “Where’s Waldo” book.

Tell a fun fact about yourself, for example:
what is your favorite race day breakfast? Pasta
night before race supper? Pasta with meat (any kind)
control description symbol? Boulder (unless it’s less than half a meter tall, those are wannabe boulders)
recovery drink? Chocolate Milk
travel snack? Kinder Chocolate or Pringles
(Choose one or some other fun fact) There is nothing fun about me.


Other National Junior Program members


Jessica Colleran
Cascade Orienteering Club

Year born:  2001
Hometown:  Medina, Washington
Training Log:  Attackpoint username — jcolleran

How did you get involved in orienteering? My elementary/middle school had it as a sport and when I completed my first competitive season, I fell in love with the sport.

Which of your 2017 result(s) are you most proud of and why? I’m really proud of my 2 nd day results at 2017 US Junior Nationals in Texas because both the navigation and terrain were difficult to orienteer with and the day before did not go the way I wanted it to but I learned from the previous day and made changes that proved to be successful and faster.

What are your preferred events and type of terrain? I prefer Middle courses, with more navigation than sprints but less distance than longs. My preferred type of terrain is areas of open forest with point features to use but also easy running.

What is your strongest asset as an orienteer? My ability to use my compass to take a bearing from one point and get within a few
meters of my desired location.

What is one place that you want to orienteer in, but haven’t had a chance to yet? I want to orienteer in Spain because Greg sends us many videos to watch and learn from that take place in the mountains or near the coast that prove to be interesting and really fun.

What goals do you have for 2018, outside of orienteering? To receive three varsity letters for the three school sports I compete in.

Tell a fun fact about yourself: My favorite control description symbol is the one for cave.


Jennifer Harnage
Georgia Orienteering Club

Year born:  2002
Hometown:  Marietta, Georgia
Training Log:  Attackpoint username — jbharnage

How did you get involved in orienteering?  Hillgrove NJROTC

Which of your 2017 result(s) are you most proud of and why?  National NJROTC Orienteering Championship Third Place -  I was only a freshman, only been orienteering 7 months, and had already progressed to running at the Varsity level and to actually place at that level of competition was quite exciting.  I had utilized the terrain fully and didn’t rely on luck to find the points as I made sure I knew where I was constantly when I was in the woods.  I had a couple of hiccups but was able to recover during the competition.

What are your preferred events and type of terrain?  I like brown and red courses and the occasional score-o when they are available.  As far as terrain, I like rolling hills and boulder-filled forests.

What is your strongest asset as an orienteer?  I create routes in my head really fast and stick to them.

What is one place that you want to orienteer in, but haven’t had a chance to yet?  Sweden

What goals do you have for 2018, outside of orienteering?  I want to be one of the top leaders of my NJROTC unit and break 23 minutes for a 5K.

Tell a fun fact about yourself:  My mother and I have run in fifty-three 5k or 10k races in the past 53 consecutive months.


Zach Kuder
Quantio Orienteering Club

Year born:  2003
Hometown:  Alexandria, Virginia
Training Log:  Attackpoint username — ender_cat

How did you get involved in orienteering? I was at an open house for NJROTC and they had a station explaining it. I was hooked soon after.

Which of your 2017 result(s) are you most proud of and why? My state champion (area 5) results were the results that I was most proud of. While I was running the course I felt that I was doing bad and wasn’t going to do well. I ended up getting first and beating second by 15 minutes.

What are your preferred events and type of terrain? My preferred events are competitions such as States or Nationals. I really love mountains with medium amount of undergrowth and a huge canopy.

What is your strongest asset as an orienteer? I believe my strongest asset as an orienteer is my determination/perseverance.

What is one place that you want to orienteer in, but haven’t had a chance to yet? I really want to orienteer in New Zealand.

What goals do you have for 2018, outside of orienteering? Some of my goals for 2018 are:

  1. become a life scout
  2. continue to get straight A’s
  3. go to Nationals for the rifle team
  4. build lots of crazy stuff out of junk
  5. get into GEMS again
  6. I want to give back to the community
  7. decrease my mile time by at least 30 sec
  8. enjoy life to its fullest   

Tell a fun fact about yourself, for example: what is your favorite race day breakfast? — I like to eat a plain bagel with plain cream cheese. With it, 2 pints of 2% white milk, 2-3 slices of turkey bacon and some assorted fruit (strawberries, blueberries, etc.).
Random fact: As well as orienteering, I also enjoy precision shooting and sparring with a broadsword.
 


Sam Loustaunau
Quantico Orienteering Club

Year born:  2004
Hometown:  Hollywood, Maryland
Training Log:  Attackpoint username — scoutsam

How did you get involved in orienteering? I am an adventure racer — go Island Coasters! — and I was approached by someone that suggested I try orienteering. I had my first meet in April 2017 and have loved it since.

Which of your 2017 result(s) are you most proud of and why? At my first big national meet, the US Classic Champs in November 2017, I had a great first day, but mispunched on the second day. I am most proud because I never gave up and will learn from my mistakes.

What are your preferred events and type of terrain? I love middle distances!  I have only tried urban orienteering once, but it was awesome and a totally different experience.

What is your strongest asset as an orienteer?  Not getting bogged down in a bad decision.  I am still working on my map reading skills and learning to read the map at pace and I make my fair share of mistakes, but I try not to let that impact my race.

What is one place that you want to orienteer in, but haven’t had a chance to yet? I would love to try some kind of desert orienteering.  There wouldn’t be the typical navigational landmarks and would test all my skills.

What goals do you have for 2018, outside of orienteering? Well I start high school in the fall and would love to have a great freshman year. I would also like to complete the remaining requirements for my Eagle Scout.


Salinda Miller
Orienteering Cincinnati

Year born:  2002
Hometown:  Osceola
Training Log:  Attackpoint username — Salinda

How did you get involved in orienteering? I was born into it.

Which of your 2017 result(s) are you most proud of and why? Dec. 3, OINK at A. J. Jolly because I had a pretty clean run.

What are your preferred events and type of terrain? Short green courses in open forest.

What is your strongest asset as an orienteer? Navigation

What is one place that you want to orienteer in, but haven’t had a chance to yet? Europe

What goals do you have for 2018, outside of orienteering? To join an FTC robotics team

Tell a fun fact about yourself: My favorite travel snack is Goldfish.


Danny Riley
Chicago Area Orienteering Club

Year born: 2000
Hometown:  Cary, Illinois
Training Log:  Attackpoint username — Danny Riley

List your 2017 A meet results (including age category): Flying Pig Red Middle M-20 (13/20), Green Night M-20 (7/31), Red Long M-20 (25/26)

Which of your 2017 result(s) are you most proud of and why? The Green Night-O was fantastic, I had great flow and beat people who were in front of me every other race.

What races are on your 2018 calendar? All CAOC until July 1, and Flying Pig 2018, plus whatever West Point has to offer after July 1.

Which race/races are you most excited about for 2018? Flying Pig - can’t wait to meet the Naesses again! Additionally whatever races are at West Point if I make the team.

What is one place that you want to orienteer in, but haven’t had a chance to yet? Anywhere that isn’t Illinois or Indiana!

What is your favorite post-race indulgence? Chocolate milk and bananas

What goals do you have for 2018, outside of orienteering? Success at West Point, survive R-Day and CBT!


posted 9 May 2018
updated 19 May 2018