Orienteering is a cross-country style race where runners locate control points over unfamiliar terrain using only a map and a compass. It is a type of endurance race of generally 4 to 6 KM at the varsity level and taking the best runners 45 to 50 minutes to complete. Runners use only a detailed map and compass, and their training of course, to navigate unfamiliar terrain against the best teams from around the state and country. Hillgrove cadets have won 4 of the past 6 State Championships (2018, 2020, 2021, 2023) and are also the three-time defending National Champions having won the event in 2019 (Los Angeles, CA), 2022 (near San Jose, CA), and 2023 (Rutledge, GA). After successfully defending their national title this past March, they will receive an automatic invite to next year's nationals scheduled for either Southern California or Arizona in spring 2024.
Orienteering is an incredibly fun sport that takes not only running skills and endurance, but also the smarts to pick the best route possibly in locating controls. You do not have to be the best runner, as quite often the smartest runner is the most successful. There are categories for Varsity, Junior Varsity, and 9th Grade runners (in fact, up to five true freshman runners will make the trip with us to defend our national title in spring 2024. Will you be one of them?