Follow the U.S. University Team as they compete in the World University Orienteering Championships (WUOC) in Olomuoc, Czech Republic, from 12-16 August 2014. Team members include:
Women — Tori Borish, COC; Alison Campbell, DVOA/EUOC; McKenzie Hudgins, USMAOC
Men — Giacomo Barbone, CSU; Jacob Grant, USMAOC; James O'Keefe, USMAOC; Hans Sitarz, USMAOC; Charles Whitaker, USMAOC
Team leader: Ian Jones (USMAOC)
Sunday, August 10: At a practice mixed sprint relay held on Sunday, the official team of Tori, Jacob, Alison, and Charles placed 15th and only 5:31 behind the leading team. Other team members raced on an unofficial team that also included an Irish Team member, placing 28th in this practice round, which was a learning experience for members who have not participated in this format of event.
Tuesday, August 12: The Mixed Sprint Relay team of Tori Borish, Jacob Grant, Alison Campbell, and Charles Whitaker finished 22nd, less than 13 minutes behind the winning team from Switzerland, following a strong opening leg by Tori (16th),.
Wednesday, August 13: Long distance races were run in an area with steep hills and reentrants, requiring a lot of strength from the Team. Best placings for the U.S. were Alison's 52nd and James O'Keefe's 84th place.
Thursday, August 14: Sprints were held both in a zoo and in the city. Team USA's best placings were Tori's 36th and Charles' 89th.
Friday, August 15: The Middle was held in a flattish area of mixed open woods with dense green sections; Giacomo was able to run (recovering from a leg injury) and had the best placing on the men's side at 84th; Alison was 53rd for top U.S. woman.
Saturday, August 16: The women's team of Tori, Alison, and McKenzie finished in 20th place; the men's team of Charles, Giacomo, and Hans placed 25th. It was held in the same terrain as the Middle.
Tori Borish, Cascade Orienteering ClubHometown: Seattle, Washington
School: PhD student, Stanford University; applied physics
Year born: 1989
International experience: JWOC 2008, 2009; WUOC 2012; WOC 2014
Alison Campbell, Delaware Valley Orienteering AssociationHometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
School: Junior at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland
Year born: 1991
International experience: JWOC 2008-2010; WUOC 2010, 2012; WOC 2013
McKenzie Hudgins, United States Military Academy Orienteering Club
Giacomo Barbone, Cambridge Sports Union
Hometown: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Jacob Grant, United States Military Academy Orienteering Club
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
James O'Keefe, United States Military Academy Orienteering Club
Hometown: Richardson, Texas
Hans Sitarz, United States Military Academy Orienteering Club
Hometown: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Charles Whitaker, United States Military Academy Orienteering Club
Hometown: San Diego, California
There have been several changes to the U.S. WUOC Team going to the Czech Republic in August, mostly due to scheduling conflicts and financial reasons. Here's the final team roster: (in alphabetical order)
Giacomo Barbone (CSU)
Tori Borish, COC
Team Leader: Ian Jones (USMAOC)
The team can use all the support they can get, you can help by following their results on Attackpoint and making a donation to the WUOC Team by going to the Orienteering USA donation page. Be sure to select that you want your donation to go to the World University Team.
On behalf of the Team, thank you for your support!
--Linda Kohn, WUOC Team Administrator
Congratulations to the following orienteers named to the U.S. University Team for 2014:
Zach Schroeder, USMAOC
Alison Campbell, DVOA/EUOC (by petition)
Team Announced May 1, 2014
Dear College/University Students and High School Seniors
The first bulletin for WUOC 2014 is available. This world championship will take place in Olomouc, Czech Republic, August 12-16, 2014. Please refer to the event website for further information.
To be eligible for the WUOC you must meet the following criteria:
The selection race for the team will be at the U.S. Intercollegiate Championships at Elkton, MD, hosted by DVOA on April 26-27. Since the Intercollegiate Championships are only a one day event, selection will be based upon Sunday's results and ranking points. See the Selection Criteria for more details.
Here are the Orienteering USA rules for selection of the team to represent the USA:
G.1.8.2 The U.S. WUOC Team shall be determined in part at the U.S. Intercollegiate Championships prior to the WUOC by automatically selecting the top three men and top three women from among the eligible competitors on the Intercollegiate Varsity course. Any additional men and women and alternates shall be selected by a WUOC Team Selection Committee appointed by the Senior Team Executive Steering Committee and based upon the selection policy set forth by the ESC.
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 1986 and Dec, 31st 1996).
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), 2014 WUOC contact
(also copied below)
The top three (3) varsity men and women winners of the Intercollegiate Championship race are automatically selected to the team.
The fourth person will be selected by the selection committee based upon Intercollegiate results and rankings or by petition. If any of the first 4 selectees decline, the Selection Committee will pick eligible athletes who are either in attendance at IC champs or who have submitted a petition, on the basis of their IC results, rankings, A-meet results, WRE/international 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 of the Intercollegiates AND his/her 2013 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, WRE points 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).
A petition may also be submitted by a runner who attended the Intercollegiates but had less than representative results.
Submit this information via email to Linda Kohn email@example.com.
Please include ALL of the following information:
4. Attackpoint (AP) username:
5. If you do not log on AP, please submit your training log for the past 6 months.
6. Name of your coach:
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 2013?
B. Is your date of birth between January 1st, 1986 and December 31st, 1996?
C. Are you a full passport-holding citizen of the USA?
9. Are you definitely able to attend the competition (August 12-16, Olomouc, Czech Republic)?
10. Is there anything else you would like the committee to consider?