Team Crockett ranks first in orienteering | Features

The David Crockett High School NJROTC took first place overall in the team division at the recent inaugural Bubba Goat Orienteering Meet at Bays Mountain Park in Kingsport.

The meeting was organized by the NJROTC of Volunteer High School.

The team members were Haley Webber, Hope Krell, Adina Phebus, Chain Berendonk, Alexis Fisher, Emily Ward and Caleb Corso.

In the individual standings, Berendonk took first place overall in the men’s division.

So what is orienteering?

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Orienteering is for all ages and all fitness and skill levels and offers the suspense and excitement of a treasure hunt.

The objective is to locate checkpoints using a map and compass to navigate the outdoor terrain.

Orienteering started in Scandinavia in the 1800s. By 1919 it was a competitive sport in Sweden. It came to the United States in 1946 as a recreational activity and later became a competitive sport.

What about competitive orienteering?

Competitive orienteering consists of running from one point to another. It is more demanding than road running, not only because of the terrain, but because the participant has to make decisions and keep track of the distance covered. Although orienteering challenges both mind and body, the competitor’s ability to think under pressure and make sound decisions is sometimes more important than speed or endurance.

Dino J. Dotson