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Mountain Sectional

Mountain Sectionals Update

John Brown, of CrossFit Agoge, was on hand to report on the action at the Mountain Sectionals last weekend.

The Mountain States Sectional went off last weekend at the Colorado State Patrol Academy in Golden Colorado.  The weather was foreboding as we pulled into Denver, Friday night.  C470 was a sheet of ice and car accidents lined the highway.  Walking out of the hotel in the morning for check in was like a slap in the face as temps dipped into the low teens.  The conditions were of major concern to the competitors as the men started the day with a vicious row/ kettlebell swing/ run workout that would at first glance appear to be a short track speed skating race.  Fortunately for the competitors, the Chan’s were running the show and had a plan to deal with everything that Mother Nature could throw at them.  In collaboration with Jon Barba, the Capitan of the Patrol Academy and founder of one of the very first affiliates, the course was super well maintained and as the garage door rolled up on the first heat the athletes could tell that the course would be perfect for top speeds.  Brian Favero set the pace very early in the heats with a 12:04 and it turned out that no one would be able to catch him.

As the men pulled their rowers at break neck pace, the ladies were set for breaking personal records on the snatch before moving on to show the men what muscle ups were supposed to look like.  Kerri Wenke from Front Range CrossFit came out swinging, throwing up 130#’s, but it would be muscle ups that would prove the valuable commodity for the ladies here as first place finisher Emmalee Moore from CrossFit Verve knocked out 38, 18 more than her closest challenger!  

After a short lunch break the men and the women switched up workouts.  The women hit the great outdoors and it was as if Mother Nature favored the fairer sex and sun shone bright throughout the afternoon and temperatures crept upwards toward the 50s.  For the uninitiated, if you don’t like the weather in Colorado, stick around for 5 minutes and it will change.  As if on cue Louisa Berky, in the early heats set a high bar to keep up with and it didn’t fall until Karen Waeschle of CrossFit Thin Air pushed past her by 10 seconds with a 12:29.

The men were snatching, and the weights were reaching some unbelievable numbers.  Cody Fleming and Nate Beard from CrossFit Red both threw up 255 pounds, Cody’s being essentially a power snatch.  Nate would win out on the in gym rivalry however as he turned around and knocked out 35 muscle ups to finish tied with Matt Hathcock for first.  Matt showed incredible balance with a 235 pound snatch and 45 muscle ups.  Another notable for the men was Jack Cotter who hammered out an incredible 76 muscle ups.

With the first day in the books, Matt Chan pointed out something that was truly incredible; there were no scaled events and no DNFs on day one.  The programming was simple: CrossFit.  There were no gimmicks, no tricks.  Everyone that showed up got to compete and complete both workouts as prescribed, and yet the cream still rose very much to the top. Day two looked like more of that same trend as Matt announced the second day’s workout. An AMRAP that would punish everyone that stepped out onto the mat. A mere 10 minutes stood between the athletes and their goal of making it to the next level.  

As the final heats approached it was obvious that the numbers weren’t going to come as easy as thought and that it was as Matt had said; “this workout is all mental,” do you have what it takes to keep pushing.  Justin Rettenmayer from Bridger CrossFit hammered out six rounds in the second to last men’s heat and that set up to be the number to beat.  Sean Tallman, Kevin Montoya and Chris Gubbels were all equal to the test breaking the six round mark.  

Joanie Gibbs from Hypoxia CrossFit set the early mark at 4.26 rounds which would stand until the final round where Nicole Gibson, the woman’s leader after day one would catch and pass her.  Nicole had the best performance of the entire field logging a mere 7 points and not finishing outside of the top three for any of the workouts.  Sean Tallman was close to doing the same for the men, with a low score of 9th on the snatch muscle up workout.  

Great job to all of the athletes, thanks to Matt, Cherie, CrossFit Verve, Jon Barba and the CSPA team, all of the judges, volunteers, sponsors and vendors for a great event.

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5 comments on this entry

1. Vanessa wrote...

That video is so awesome. Really conveys the sense of intensity that day, and it was great to see my first mu on film!

However, I would love to see a video of the best athletes competing that lets you follow the WODs from beginning to end. I didn't get to see the last mens' heats. Or the second day's WODs. I'd love to watch Nicole and Joanie go at it!

Great event, Matt and Cherie, thanks!

2. bg wrote...

ha, my boy, who knew!?

3. Yo wrote...

Very Nice video. Anyone could tell me the name of the band and song from the video ?

4. Walden wrote...

Paleo is the shiznizzle!

5. Gary wrote...

Yo, the name of this song appears at the beginning of the video. If you want to download it from itunes, type in key words "in fall she sleeps" and it's the third song down (Beirut).


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