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Selections for 2019 WTOC Team

The team for the 2019 WTOC will be selected as soon as possible after the completion of the Five Rivers Trail-O NRE being held on April 13-14 in NY. Since the WTOC is in late June, we need to be as efficient as possible in naming the team. 

Procedures for selections:
All 2019 USA National Trail-O Team members, any other athletes who are hoping to make the team, and anyone planning to accompany the team are asked to fill out the WTOC Intent Survey prior to April 12th. This survey will let us know whether or not you plan to accept a competitor position for WTOC if selected and will expedite the selection process.
Selections will be based on the PreO and TempO ranking data after April 14th.
In accordance with the Rules for Trail-O rankings, the PreO rankings to be used will include the following events: 
Seven events that remained on the list after last year's selections - Boggs 2014, US Champs 2014, Troll Cup 2014, Ridley days 1 and 2 2015, 2017 PreO Champs, 2017 O in the Oaks (Plus WTOC scores from 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
Three events that were sanctioned after last year's selections - Windham 2018, Anza-Borrego 2019, Five Rivers 2019
The PreO rankings from the OUSA website appear to have inadvertently rolled off the 2014 events. A set of rankings including these events can be found here. Please check it carefully for any errors as this will likely be the version used during the selection process.
Because we have not had many TempO NREs yet, the ESC has decided to consider only each competitors top two scores for TempO selection purposes. Anyone with only one score will have a zero averaged in as their second score. The scores that will be used are TempO Champs 2017, Windham 2018, Five Rivers 2019 (Plus WTOC 2017, 2018). A spreadsheet showing current standings of top two average can be found here.
After these rankings are updated to include the Fiver Rivers results, selections for 2019 WTOC will be made as follows:
(1) The top three Open and top three Paralympic from the PreO list will be offered PreO spots.
(2) The top two and top Paralympic from the TempO list will be offered TempO spots.
(3) If any of these people have declined as indicated on their intent survey, then the PreO list will be used to fill any open PreO spots.
(4) When the PreO team is filled by going down the list, then remaining TempO spots will be awarded to those already selected for PreO in the order of their TempO ranking (except that one spot is guaranteed to go to a Paralympic qualified athlete)
(5) Relay team make-up and running order will be determined on site from among those competing in PreO and TempO.
An athlete agreement for the Trail-O team is in development. All those selected for WTOC will be required to sign this agreement.
(Note: Updates to the selection and ranking rules were approved by the OUSA board on Nov. 29th, 2018 but publication of the 2019 rules is behind schedule so they don't appear on the website)
Clare Durand
Trail-O Team ESC Chair

2019 OUSA National Trail Orienteering Team

The U.S. Trail Orienteering Team is a designated group of advanced competitors that exists to promote and encourage the highest competitive standards for Trail Orienteering and to represent the United States at international events.

The team is composed of the 10 highest-ranked applicants from each class in the U.S. Trail Orienteering Rankings who meet eligibility conditions and agree to be active, supportive team members.

The National Trail Orienteering Team for 2019 is as follows:


  • Joe Brautigam (WCOC)
  • Sharon Crawford (RMOC)
  • Clare Durand (LAOC)
  • Richard H. Ebright (DVOA)
  • Richard Y. Ebright (DVOA)
  • Jay Hann (BAOC)
  • Mika Latva-Kokko (NEOC)
  • Mike Poulsen (CROC)
  • Julia Zielczynska (HVO)


  • Richard Alcaraz
  • Daniel Heimgartner (QOC)
  • Christ Rasmussen (A/L)
  • Kristofer Reckner
  • Julius Schram (A/L)

Applications for the Paralympic class will remain open indefinitely unless the Paralympic team fills. To apply, visit:

Team composition announced 16 January 2019


The following athletes have been selected to represent the USA at the World Trail Orienteering Championships taking place in Daugavpils, Latvia from August 4 to 11, 2018.

Paralympic Class

  • Daniel Heimgartner (QOC)
  • Christ Rasmussen (CRNA)
  • Julius Schram (CRNA)

Open Class

  • Sharon Crawford (RMOC)
  • Mika Latva-Kokko (NEOC)
  • Mike Poulsen (CROC)

Accompanying Team Officials

  • Russ Myer
  • 1st Sgt Peter Tiller

Team Archives

General information about Trail Orienteering and eligibility for the Paralympic competition can be found on the website of the International Orienteering Federation, and also at www.trailo.org. NOTE: Current Trail O rules published by the IOF.

U.S. Trail Orienteering Committees

  • OUSA National Trail-O Team, Executive Steering Committee Chair: Clare Durand, 818-200-7377 (rules [at] orienteeringusa [dot] org)
  • Trail Orienteering Sanctioning: Clare Durand, 818-200-7377 (rules [at] orienteeringusa [dot] org)
  • Trail Orienteering Development: Russ Myer, (russmyer08 [at] gmail [dot] com)
updated 26 December 2018