M-A Freshmen win Gold and Bronze at US Championship in Orienteering
Original post made by Manfred Kopisch, Laurel School, on Aug 19, 2008
As the day went on no other surprises happened until Philipp ran.
Philipp needed to catch up almost 2 minutes in order to have a chance for a medal. He knew the winning times on day 2 were under 18 minutes and went into his race with an all-or-nothing attitude. He decided to run at full speed and not check a single control code. He risked to mis-punch at a wrong control and be disqualified in order to gain a couple of seconds at each control. His determination paid off and he finished day 2 with an astounding 16:12 min in first place - over a minute before his brother who would finish that day again in 2nd place. This result secured 3rd place overall for Philipp.
Winning the US Championship in Orienteering in his age class, M-14, is the current highlight of Daniel's career in Orienteering. His brother's 3rd place together with four more medals that were won by juniors from the Bay Area Orienteering Club show the strength the club's junior program has. The fact that three medals were won by girls and three medals were won by boys and that these medals were distributed across the age classes from F-10 to M-16 proves the depth and breadth of the BAOC's junior program.
The picture shows Daniel Kopisch and Philipp Kopisch with their father-coach, Manfred Kopisch, who won the silver medal in M40.
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