Yesterday we had two important programs.
In the morning, we brought the Morse 5th grade to the woods for the annual field trip.
In the afternoon, we ran the first interscholastic orienteering championships for Cambridge middle schools. There were 24 kids racing from four schools. They outnumbered the staff (8 Nav Games staff, 4 high school kids, Ed, two PE teachers, two coaches, 1 photographer). So that's good... Having so many of us there made everything easy. Having Ed there was amazing. The kids got to run with SI Air.
It was awesome.
Update: draft writeup below.
24 students from four middle schools in Cambridge competed in the 2018 Middle School Orienteering Championships. The races were held on June 5th at Danehy Park. The format was a four-leg relay, with either two or three athletes on each relay team. Each leg had nine checkpoints and was approximately 900 meters point-to-point. Orienteering is a map navigation race; therefore, the actual course length depended on the route chosen by each runner.
Cambridge Street Upper School teams finished first and second, while the third place team was from Vassal Lane Upper School. Top individual results were posted by Tye Moore (PAUS) and Caleb Jaffe (CSUS). Second and third place runners included Emmie Knippen (CSUS), Ruri Duffy (CSUS), Nick Peters (VLUS), and Sasha Ray (CSUS).
Cambridge Sports Union (CSU) provided the specially made orienteering map of Danehy Park. Ed Despard of CSU donated his time and equipment for the electronic timing and results. Four of the CRLS athletes who won the USA Junior Nationals in April were on hand to help run the event: Keegan Harkavy, Anaka Landrigan, Priya Landrigan and Vilppu Viinikainen. Anaka reported, “The middle school orienteering championships allowed the younger kids to compete against other teams in a friendly race. They cheered for every team and were able to have fun and engage in the courses even if it was raining at first. They experienced true orienteering: run no matter the conditions!” Keegan said, “I was super impressed by the level of skill everyone one had. It was so cool watching all of them run off with such confidence and skill. I can’t wait to see the event next year and to see how everyone progressed.”
The middle school intermural teams trained every week leading up to the races. Many of the students also participated in the four-week introduction to orienteering offered after school in the fall. The Cambridge Street and Vassal Lane Upper School teams were coached by Rachel Schwartz and Cristian Guzman, respectively. Both are pursuing a Masters degree in Sport Psychology at Boston University. Additional coaches were supplied by Navigation Games staff, including orienteers from Brazil and the Czech Republic, as well as several former members of the United States Junior National Orienteering Team.