25 Days of SARTember, Day 8
With the SART registration period soon drawing to a close and 75 of 80 spots currently filled, it's time to look at some names. The full list is here
; it includes many of the more eminent personages in North American orienteering, as well as some lesser known competitors who may nonetheless prove themselves worthy. Let's take a closer look at some of the folks who'll be a part of the spectacle, starting with the Americans. Because America is another word for Awesome.
Eric Bone: Cascade OC, US Team, JWOC, multiple-WOC, WOC finalist. The elder statesman of American orienteering. Not as explosive over short distances as he once was, but will enjoy a major homecourt advantage at SART. Not to be counted out.
Tori Borish: Cascade OC, US Team, JWOC, WUOC, multiple-WOC. A strong sprinter and native Seattlite who also boasts experience with most (all?) of the SART venues.
Tyra Christopherson: Cascade OC, US Junior Team, JWOC. The breakout performer among the American juniors at JWOC 2015 with a 37th place in the Sprint, Tyra is still relatively new to orienteering and improving rapidly.
Ali Crocker: Cambridge Sports Union, US Team, multiple WOC finalist. Certainly no introduction necessary. Greatest American orienteer ever as measured by WOC placing (15th).
Alex Jospe: Cambridge Sports Union, US Team, multiple-WOC. Another whose reputation precedes her. Whether on wheels or skis, enjoys defying death in her spare time.
Nikolay Nachev: Cascade OC, Former US Team, WOC. Hopefully nearing the end of his long, arduous recovery from injury. If he can run well and without pain, could be the feel-good story of the tournament.
Kseniya Popova: Hudson Valley Orienteering, US Team, WOC. Her personal preference for the forest is well-documented; however, she's quickly becoming one with the concrete jungle as well.
Erin Schirm: Bay Area OC, US Team, JWOC. The Schirminator may currently be best known as the excellent coach of the US junior team, but he also ran D-I XC in the not-so-distant past. If he ever decides to train everyone will be in trouble.
Tomorrow: The Canadians are coming.