So this weekend Cascade hosted the National Orienteering Championship Invitational, which is the NJROTC national champs - basically the Navy's version of Interscholastics. Jourdan and I were co-course setters for the two days - me primarily Saturday, him primarily Sunday.
It seems to be a peculiarly insular event - unsanctioned by OUSA, and you never hear about it on AP or elsewhere - but turns out it is nonetheless quite large and somewhat of a big deal in the NJROTC community. Larger, in fact, than when we hosted the Interscholastics in 2012, and indeed larger than any Cascade event in recent memory and possibly ever. If starts were meters, we could've tossed a stone to go over 1000 for the two days. We had teams from some 10-12 states, including FL, GA, SC, MD, NJ, NY, and CA, among others. Lots of excitement and team spirit (and dabbing) among the kids and their entourages.
Anyway, we (Celia included) pulled off our course-setting duties without any major disasters, working as a rotating team to make sure that each control location was visited by at least two of us. This was the most serious course-setting I've ever done; it is somewhat nerve-wracking to set for an A-meet-caliber event, but it feels good to pull everything off well and to hear some nice things about our courses.
A couple pics from this afternoon's award ceremony:The crowd
from Georgia, overall team champions. Patrick and I were impressed by their sharp custom Noname unis.
Western Washington team Oak Harbor,
second place overall. Very cool to see some of our WIOL kids compete and do well against national competition. Most notable local performance came from Caleb Peek (back row second from left, holding Space Needle trophy), who not only won the boys varsity championship going away but also won each day, in two quite disparate terrains, by 2:45 and 4:00 respectively in a field of over 100 runners.
RG for Day 1
and Day 2
. Will write some about the specifics of our courses tomorrow.