Raccoon Creek State Park
Raccoongaine VII (20 March 2016)

It was another cold day at Raccoon Creek as the high for the day maybe in the mid 30's. there was a very light snow flurry in the air, not too windy; so, most people regarded it as a good weather day. This year again there was very good cooperation for the participants with respect to parking. Thanks to all the competitors for making an effort at carpooling.

The registration limit was again reached early this year. We had 27 3-hour teams and 62 6-hour teams registered; however, one 3-hour team did not show up and four 6-hour teams did not show up. The format was the same as in previous Raccoongaines: 50 controls with values of 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 (10 controls of each value for a total of 1500 possible points). The penalty for lateness was 10 points per minute.  Four mystery controls were not shown on the map (in this case controls 113, 115, 117, and 119) and four other controls (the mother controls, in this case 112, 136, 116, and 118, respectively) had maps to show where the mystery controls were. After arriving at a mother control, competitors could choose to go to the mystery control or not; all mystery controls were 20-point controls. 

We had two controls that were problematical.  The map at control 140 was incorrect so the control flag was placed on the correct feature; however that was about 60 m from the center of the circle on the map.  This problem was noted during control placement and was put in the course notes and map corrections and was announced.  The other problem was not discovered until after the race.  Control 122 was placed on the wrong reentrant about 150 m from where the map showed it.  Amazingly, even with this much displacement, 17 teams found 122.  [If your team searched for 122 in vain, let us know and we will adjust your score - sorry, nothing we can do about the lost time.]

Comments about the races:

This year, for the first time, a woman was the overall winner on the 3-hour course:  Comin' Over the Mountain with 370 points.  Notably, second overall was Rob Wilkison, oldest person on the 3-hour course  with 310 points.  One team, Red Czars, had a problem with their SI card - they forgot to clear and check it.  Their score was determined a couple days later when the download data was reinterpreted; originally, their score was almost -13000.

As he did in 2013, Brian Mayer tore up the 6-hour course, reaching 45 controls (counting #122) and attaining the highest score we have ever had at a Raccoongaine, 1420 points.  Hail to the Chimp, last year's winner, was second with 37 controls and 1210 points.  There was a three-way tie for third at 1080 points, including Olga Huber (the most successful woman on the 6-hour course) and UNO no DUO (one of our veteran competitors).  Brian Mayer was awarded 30 bonus points for reporting #122 as displaced - others can get the same bonus by reporting they searched for and didn't find the control.  This year's group on the 6-hour course seemed to be better than last year; there were 7 teams that reached 30 or more controls; last year, there was one.

No surprise, the most visited control was 103, with 130 and 136 not too far behind.  Least visited was 137, not a surprise either due to its remoteness.  Controls 105, 113, and 142 were tied for second least visited.  For the mystery controls, it was a surprise that three teams that went to Mother control 118 did not go to mystery control 119; these  controls were only a little over 100 m apart.  Five teams went to Mystery control 117 without going to Mother control 116 first; two of these teams must have thought they were at 116 because they never went to 116.

One little bit of analysis.  In putting out the controls, I found that going between control 127 and 146 to be extremely taxing, going down and up 60-70 m over a distance of only 400 m.  I was curious as to how many teams took this same leg and how long it took them.  Thirteen teams took the leg in one direction or the other; their times ranged from about 5 minutes to 36 minutes; I was amazed that UNO no DUO did it in about 8 minutes.

A lot of people helped to make Raccoongaine VII possible. Thanks to Alexis Rzewski for designing the courses and making the awards. Thanks to Dave Battista for vetting the course. Thanks to Joe Logan, John Huffman and Ryan Knecht for controlling parking. Thanks to Sherry Shank and Laurie Opila for dealing with waivers and packets. Thanks to Laurie Opila and Joe Logan for preparing food. Thanks to Joe Logan for putting out the water stops. And thanks to Jen Livingston and Laurie Opila for helping pick up control flags.

Results by category are shown below;  to see combined results go here

For the splits, go here

To see the number of visits to each control, go here

You can see Alexis' photos from the event at photos  Included in the photos are images of the routes of a bunch of teams - look at the last page.



Elite Men        3-hr       

NameClubTimeScoreGross ScorePenaltyBonus
3288 KTN 178:1328028000
6293 Rayden SorockWPOC176:4921021000
10295 Operational Success 179:4517017000
13238 Team Immelmann 148:0616016000
13233 The Tall & The Small 176:3316016000
15287 Two Lost Men 169:4915015000
19289 The Shangles 162:26707000
31292 Red Czars 216:07-2201503700

Elite Women        3-hr       

NameClubTimeScoreGross ScorePenaltyBonus
1291 Comin' Over the Mountains 181:45370390200
21232 ShanksWPOC197:36502301800
25285 Hartle Girls 175:04202000

Elite Mixed        3-hr       

NameClubTimeScoreGross ScorePenaltyBonus
4286 PITT-H3 160:0925025000
5296 Hoods in the Woods 163:0824024000
6224 Honey Badgers 177:5321021000
16231 Team Wildman 172:5214014000
19229 StormchasersWPOC183:4170110400
21237 Two U's 169:22505000

Masters Men        3-hr       

NameClubTimeScoreGross ScorePenaltyBonus
9294 Jeff Jones 169:4720020000
10298 Andrew Brown 173:5717017000

Masters Women        3-hr       

NameClubTimeScoreGross ScorePenaltyBonus
26236 Saarlane 233:29-3202205400

Masters Mixed        3-hr       

NameClubTimeScoreGross ScorePenaltyBonus
6235 Doddering Gits 163:1921021000
18290 Team Dawson 150:1110010000

Veterans Men        3-hr       

NameClubTimeScoreGross ScorePenaltyBonus
2240 Rob WilkisonDVOA180:50300310100
10297 Stephen BrownWPOC170:3217017000
21234 Mark Sabich 150:07505000

Veterans Women        3-hr       

NameClubTimeScoreGross ScorePenaltyBonus
17239 Smell the RosesWPOC147:1112012000

Elite Men        6-hr       

NameClubTimeScoreGross ScorePenaltyBonus
1189 Brian Mayer 356:5814201390030
2182 Hail to the Chimp 354:231210121000
8158 Grand Masters 348:4796096000
9133 MK 346:2091091000
11179 Clint Hartle 346:4689089000
14164 Oh here come our men now sir 351:1184084000
28161 Riley Jane 329:4458058000
31197 TBD 317:3655055000
37146 Gordon HuangWPOC334:4339039000
38184 Jason Munley 357:3937037000
41141 Sean Sims 356:3036036000
50198 The Raccoons Ate Our Food 353:5522022000
58145 Subhodeep Moitra 270:1513013000

Elite Women        6-hr       

NameClubTimeScoreGross ScorePenaltyBonus
18139 Erin Rycroft 349:2477077000
18190 Julia Crytzer 361:56770790200
22154 Lisa Storey 366:08680750700
33137 Victorious Seekers 354:0649049000

Elite Mixed        6-hr       

NameClubTimeScoreGross ScorePenaltyBonus
7151 Topo the Mountain 346:2699099000
29159 Toejam and Girl 353:1357057000
30181 Scrambled LegsWPOC334:5056056000
38173 Half Minds 333:0537037000
43152 Appalachi Trekkers 324:1733033000
44155 Team Hazelton 331:5231031000
48196 Pap & Pie 328:1026026000

Masters Men        6-hr       

NameClubTimeScoreGross ScorePenaltyBonus
3135 Wishin I was Fishin 348:431080108000
6140 Thomas Rycroft 353:321060106000
10153 Todd PownellNEEOC374:0790010501500
15171 ThundeRoad Solo 347:4783083000
20178 Ryan KnechtWPOC325:2774074000
23185 The Black Swamp Boys 378:186708601900
26169 Over the Hills 339:2460060000
26180 Beavis 333:1460060000
32187 John HuffmanWPOC357:3454054000
38136 Snail TrailWPOC380:253705802100
48163 Mountain Meisters 354:4226026000
50174 Mountain Meisters v2 353:5222022000
53193 Andrew Mowrey 339:3320020000
54165 Pops Shangle 343:5719019000
56191 Doug Crytzer 329:5215015000

Masters Women        6-hr       

NameClubTimeScoreGross ScorePenaltyBonus
3148 Olga Huber 350:361080108000
11176 Team SpangWPOC346:4489089000
21134 Where's the Finish 343:3770070000
25144 Barbara Niess-May 352:0066066000
47168 Team McP 316:5329029000

Masters Mixed        6-hr       

NameClubTimeScoreGross ScorePenaltyBonus
11138 BeeRingers 345:1889089000
15172 Thunder Road 347:4583083000
34150 Rogue Penguin 328:4445045000
35162 Swearing at our Bearing 345:4341041000

Veterans Men        6-hr       

NameClubTimeScoreGross ScorePenaltyBonus
3157 UNO no DOUUNO354:381080108000
17156 Jerry AginWPOC353:4478078000
41188 Chuck Borchart 326:3636036000
44192 Ralph Lindzon 346:3631031000
57149 Richard Davies 322:3314014000

Veterans Women        6-hr       

NameClubTimeScoreGross ScorePenaltyBonus
54166 Moms Shangle 343:5419019000

Veterans Mixed        6-hr       

NameClubTimeScoreGross ScorePenaltyBonus
23147 Nightcrawlers 354:1067067000
36175 GHOSLOGHO340:2240040000
44167 Team Lyons 316:1231031000
52160 The Force 361:07210230200