Wayne resident is a member of a team recognized for national excellence in orienteering – Mainline Media News

Wayne resident Angelica Riley of the Delaware Valley Orienteering Association was one of the recipients of the inaugural Orienteering USA Competitive Awards, recently announced by Orienteering USA, in conjunction with Axis Gear, Johnson Outdoors and Scarborough Orienteering. These awards recognize competitive excellence in American orienteering for 2010.

Orienteering is a wilderness navigation sport where an individual uses a map and compass to complete a course in the shortest possible time.

Awards were presented in four categories: Orienteering of the Year, Junior Orienteering of the Year, Comet of the Year (Most Improved) and Orienteering Team of the Year.

The Orienteering Team of the Year award went to the USA team, winners of the 2010 North American Orienteering Championships. This marked the USA’s victory in this competition in 20 years. The team consisted of Riley, Eric Bone (Cascade Orienteering Club – Seattle, Washington), Alison Crocker, Boris Granovskiy (Cambridge Sporting Union, New Haven, Conn.), Jonas Kjall (Bay Area Orienteering Club – Berkeley, CA), Kat Orekhova (Cambridge Sporting Union – New Haven, Connecticut), Samantha Saeger, Ross Smith (Cambridge Sporting Union – Newtown Highlands, Mass.) and Sandra Zurcher (Rocky Mountain Orienteering Club – Neuchâtel, Switzerland).

The North American Orienteering Championships, held in July in Cranbrook, British Columbia, was the scene of a battle between Canada and the United States for the prestigious Bjorn Kjellstrom Trophy. The trophy is awarded to the country with the best results at the biannual NAOC in the U21 and F21 categories. The top three competitors from each country in each discipline – medium, long and sprint – contribute to the total score. Thanks to a great group effort and a number of bold performances, the Bjorn Kjellstrom Trophy was won by Team USA for the first time since 1982, with nine different competitors contributing to the win.

“We congratulate these men and women for their performance in the woods,” said Peter Goodwin, vice president of Orienteering USA. “They represent the best in our country and in our sport.”

Dino J. Dotson