Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Tio mila weekend


Every year I select an Orienteer Kansas team for Tio Mila, the huge 10-leg relay in Sweden this weekend.

Orienteer Kansas never has had a team at Tio Mila. We probably never will. But, it is fun to pick a team. Here is this year's team.

1. (11.8 km, probably getting dark). Sanna Wallenborg. Sanna is our start leg specialist. She's strong and good at making use of other runners. I think Sanna is running a leg on one of IF Thors women's teams this year.

2. (11.8 km, night). "Snorkel" Meenehan. Snorkel is steady. He's not in great shape (and he's just getting over a cold). But, he's got a lot of experience and can be counted on to have a consistent run. When he's on, he's tough. I'd expect him to push himself to his limits and have a clean run, not losing more than a couple of minutes.

3. (11.8 km, night). Michael Eglinski. I put myself on this leg. I'm in reasonable shape and should be able to make my way around the course without missing too much.

4. (6.5 km, night). Eric Saggars. I haven't heard much from Eric recently. But, he did some night O' training this winter. I don't know about his form, but he's got a short leg.

5. (16.5 km, night). Maggi Wallenborg. Maggi skied Vasaloppet this winter. He's still in good shape. He be able to keep a decent pace through the entire long night. Maggi is running a leg for IF Thor this year.

6. (6.5 km, night). Keith Lay. Keith also did some night O' training this winter. He's got some sort of fancy headlamp that gives off a bright, blue light. It is quite impressive. Not knowing if Keith is in good shape, I'll put him on a short leg.

7. (7.4 km, night). Gene Wee. Gene is on the team, but I'm not sure he'll be able to run (we'll have some reserves who can be put in at the last minute). Gene injured himself a month or so ago. He's only just begun to run again. There is a good chance that he won't be able to run.

8. (10.2 km, dusk). Peggy Dickison. This will be a tough task for Peggy. She's had some injury problems over the last few months. If she can't run, we'll put in a reserve.

9. (9.9 km, day). Nadim Ahmed. Nadim is a strong runner and a decent, but not yet reliable, orienteer. Last weekend he had a big, big mistake. But, he also had a bunch of good legs. I figure Nadim will rise to the occassion and put in a good race.

10. (16 km, day). "Mook" Everett. Mook is OKs strongest. He'll be expected to handle whatever it takes to do well on the anchor leg.

Reserves: Terhi Kauppila (who will probably run for Tampereen Pyrinto this year) is our first reserve. With Gene's injury, there is a strong chance Terhi will run. Mikell Platt is a second reserve. Mikell's connection to OK is a bit tenuous. But, he told me he'd like to make the OK Tio Mila team. He ran well and the Hawn A-meet a few weeks ago.

Coaches: Mary Jones is the head coach. She's also OK's president. Pete Gogol and Patrick Nuss are assistant coaches. Both are KU students and involved in the KU chapter of OK.

Support Crew: Peter Gagarin, Eric Weyman, Randy Hall and Tom Carr will all help out as OK's support crew. They'll be helping out with whatever is needed -- giving advice and encouragement, keeping track of times, cooking food all night long, and so on.

posted by Michael | 9:08 PM


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