The 2010 CrossFit Games
The ultimate proving grounds of the world’s fittest athletes.
July 16-18, 2010 • Carson, CA
The Home Depot Center Sports Complex
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United States Qualifiers
Day 2 Results: North Central Regional
A 355lb clean & jerk, fast mile times and blazing times in the masters class cap the day.
Skip Miller, of Front Range CrossFit sent the following update from the North Central Regional competition.
Day two of the North Central Regional qualifier started off way too early for those of us who closed down bars the night before, but not for the male competitors running sub-five minute miles at 8 in the morning. The course was a beautiful rolling 1440m course along the playing fields, creeks and park space that abut the Events center. Under sunny skies with brisk temperatures the men were running just under a metric mile in respectable times for college or high school track athletes (top 40 finishers under 5 minutes). Inside the main competition space the women were tossing up body weight plus clean & jerks the way hypoglycemics toss down M&Ms. Kelly Allen of ML CrossFit led the charge with a lift of 215lb that had many spectators convinced that 235 isn’t far off for her.
At 10am the events shifted and the women headed outside while the men began warming up for their one rep max clean and jerks. Despite the warmer temperatures outside the women met similar fates at the hands of the unforgiving 1440m course. The finish line was soon littered with capable young women challenged with getting enough oxygen down narrow wind pipes. Undaunted, Shannan Simpson of Front Range CrossFit put down the fastest time of the day for the women at 4:52. The rest of the women’s field was not far behind. At the same time in the main competition space someone had tied up gravity and tossed it in a corner because for an hour weights that normally remain firmly secured to the planet were getting tossed overhead with disturbing regularity. Nate Beard, of CrossFit Red, led the charge with a 355lbs lift, and seven other athletes followed him lifting 300 or more.
The day took a turn for the ridiculously inspirational when the master’s finals began. In the first heat Rhonda Pierce put a serious dent in the underestimation of what is capable for a master’s athlete. The second heat belonged to the eventual Master’s Champion, Scott Olson and his workout side kick - the patch of his son’s Marine Unit deployed in Afghanistan. After laying down a blistering pace in the C2B Cindy workout, Scott held aloft the patch. There were a few less dry eyes in the competition space and fewer outlooks distracted by the inconsequential, like temporary pain.
After a brief respite for food, massages, rest and motivational alignment seminars the athletes were ready for the second half of the day. Unfortunately the last workout of the day took the sunny runs and long rest intervals from this morning’s workouts, placed them in a pretty box, rested the box on a designer butcher block, and pounded them senseless with a 20lb sledge hammer.
Suddenly oxygen was in short supply in the main competition space. Only three women from the first heat of nine beat the cut off time; and those that did, didn’t feel like they got away with anything. Kelly Jo Smith of CrossFit Montana eventually laid down the fastest time (11:00) in the fourth heat. The men started off the first heat with eight out of ten beating the cut off time. This was no ordinary workout. Matt Chan from CrossFit Verve, brought home the fastest time of 9:18, with fourteen other athlete’s within sixty seconds.
These were no ordinary athletes and this was no ordinary day in Douglas County. Stop by tomorrow for the Affiliate, Men’s and Women finals!
Top 5 Men
1. Matt Chan
2. Josh Nimmo
3. Sean Tallman
4. Nate Beard
5. Matthew Hathcock
Top 5 Women
1. Kelly Jo Smith
2. Jasmine Dever
3. Megan John
4. Kelly Allen
5. Stacie Tovar
Top 5 Affiliates
1. CrossFit Omaha
2. Brother's CrossFit
3. Atlas CrossFit
4. CrossFit Castle Rock
5. CrossFit Rockford