Esk Valley Orienteering Club’s sprint series well supported

Single-minded: Esk Valley's Riley Kerr dominated the middle distance events.

Single-minded: Esk Valley's Riley Kerr dominated the middle distance events.

Competitors from around the state supported Esk Valley Orienteering Club’s six-event sprint series over the long weekend.

The initiative of Paul Pacque introduced new maps at Launceston Church Grammar School, Alanvale TAFE , Prospect Park and Brooks High with additional events at University of Tasmania and Trevallyn Reserve.

There were around 60 entries with a handicap applied for the four daytime events.

On the long course, the men’s top placings were dominated by Joe Dickinson and Jed Fleming from Esk Valley and the women’s were shared by Mikayla Cooper, Cathy McComb and Rachel Allen, from Hobart, with EVOC’s Arabella Phillips taking two third placings.

Similarly, the middle distances were dominated by youngsters Riley Kerr, of Esk Valley, and Will Enkelaar, Jett McComb and Anthony Stonor, of Hobart, while in the women’s, junior Zali McComb mixed it with the more experienced adults Miriam Whittington and Sally Wayte, all from Hobart.

When it came to the handicap results over the four days, there were some delighted winners who had not featured in the individual placings.

The men’s and women’s long courses were taken out by David Cole and Donelda Niles, of Esk Valley, the medium by Liz Butler and Niko Stoner, of Hobart, and the short by Archie Wise and Esta Berdahic.

Meanwhile, event three of EVOC’s Trevallyn Saturday Series will be held on Saturday with starts from 1pm.