The 2010 CrossFit Games
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July 16-18, 2010 • Carson, CA
The Home Depot Center Sports Complex
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United States Qualifiers
Event Recap: Southwest Regional
Live streaming, photo finishes and more from the SW Regional.
Heading into the Southwest Regional anyone and everyone with a passing interest in CrossFit had an opinion on who would advance and how in the world this field could be narrowed to only four qualifiers. Would it be the big names of CrossFit Games past like Josh Everett, Pat Barber, Rebecca Voigt, or Kristan Clever? Or would the Regional see an uprising of young, unknown talent? Under the warm California sun, the monsters were unleashed to determine it for themselves. Steve Serrano, director of the Southwest regional checks in with the following report.
Womens Individual Competition
WOW! What better way to sum up a stunning weekend in sunny Southern California as the biggest region, representing the greatest number of affiliates put its superstars on center stage. As if the performers themselves weren't enough, we streamed the event live throughout the weekend for tens of thousands on the internet. Combine the incredible athletes with the cameras bright glare and the spectacular Orange County scenery and fireworks were bound to explode.
The women kicked it off Saturday morning, attacking a brutal challenge involving tire flips, sprinting and a log carry. Paige Nutt jumped to the lead with a blistering 4:57 closely followed by a large pack including 2009 Games competitors Rebecca Voigt and Val MacKenzie Voboril. While Voigt and Voboril had elected to complete the “floater” workout late in the day, several others attacked it early and put pressure on the favorites to perform.
Elyse Umeda posted the top time, hammering through 20 reps of 115 pounds chest to overhead followed by 40 burpees, in 3 minutes and 13 seconds. When Voigt and MacKenzie stepped into the ring in back-to-back heats around 5pm Saturday, they did not disappoint, finishing second and third in 3:20 and 3:31, respectively. Even more impressive than the times were the CrossFit spirit demonstrated by Voigt and her Valley CrossFit training partner Katie Hogan (posting an impressive 4:09 finish of her own, good for 8th best) urging on fellow competitor Jaala Thibault after finishing their own efforts.
Prior to the workout Thibault's overhead best was 105lbs. With the crowd and the Valley duo urging her on she was able to get her new PR 115 pounds overhead 9 times while completing a majority of the 40 burpees. While the scorecard shows a DNF, anyone who saw the workout walked away knowing they had just seen 3 winning performances.
At the close of the day, the drama was disappearing from the ladies competition as the top six women posted top 10 finishes in all three Saturday events. In the afternoon workout, a triplet of two muscle-ups, 10 cleans and a 200 meter sprint, MacKenzie had another dominating performance finishing in 8:38, 43 seconds faster than her closest pursuers. Paige Nutt and Elyse Umeda tied for second fastest time in 9:21. Despite finishes of 1st and 2nd in the first two workouts, Nutt found herself heading into Sunday's final needing to make up a lot of ground due to the 20th place finish in the floater workout.
For Sunday's final, the scores were totaled and the top competitors seeded into the final heats of the day. The stadium proved the perfect venue as the ladies attacked a 1000m row before completing 30 overhead squats and heading out on a 1200m run. From the outset it was apparent that the only question to be answered is which four women would be advancing to the Games as Voigt led from wire-to-wire coming first off the rower, ripping through the squats and attacking the run and extending her lead each lap to win by more than 200 meters.
When Voboril, who entered the final with a three point lead over Voigt, came across the line in 5th, the title was Voigt's by the slimmest possible margin, a single point. Moving on to the Games with Voigt and Voboril are Elyse Umeda and Chyna Cho. Despite her strong start, Paige Nutt couldn't overcome her 15th and 20th finishes in the final two workouts to finish 6th. The other competitor who entered the final with a chance to advance, Laurie Galassi, finished 13th, leaving her in 5th overall.
1. Rebecca Voigt
2. Valerie MacKenzie Voboril
3. Elyse Umeda
4. Chyna Cho
While the women were attacking the tire flip/log workout, many of the male competitors used the time to get after the floater WOD. Craig Knight made quick work of the 20 reps shoulder to overhead (185 lbs) and 40 burpees, serving notice that he was a force to be reckoned with while posting a 2:42. Egyed (3:12) wasn't far behind in 4th while, Pat Barber (3:23) and Josh Everett (3:42) finished 6th and 11th to move towards the top of the leader board. Joey Warren, Neal Maddox and Gabe Subry also posted fast times putting them in the top 11.
Just before lunch, the massive tires (estimates on the weight ranged from 250 to 350 lbs) and 85 pound logs were rolled out for the men. Myles Lewis posted a 6:01 in an early heat and led throughout the afternoon until Seth Pelletier dropped a 5:55 in the final grouping. Jeremy Kinnick (6:06) was right behind in third finishing the log carry with an impressive sprint that made the giant timber look like a baseball bat. Names that were quickly becoming familiar, Maddox, Egyed, Subry and Warren were solidifying their positions in the standings with solid finishes, all again in the top 11.
The big news coming out of the workout was Pat Barber's 50th place showing that effectively eliminated him from contention for a spot at the Games. While slightly less devastating, David Millar's 6:48 left him in 19th. Combined with a 4:32 in the floater, good for only 25th place, the chances of Millar repeating as Regional Champ and advancing to the Home Depot Center looked dim.
But rumors of Millar's demise were greatly exaggerated as he put on a dominating performance in the muscle-up/clean/sprint triplet. He jumped out to a fast start and extended his lead throughout the heat, obviously knowing he needed a top finish to get back into contention. His time 10:08 was indeed the top time for the workout but Egyed continued to tighten his grip on the overall lead finishing second in 10:17. Not far behind were the familiar trio of Maddox (10:53), Warren (11:00) and Subry (11:06) finishing in 5th, 6th and 7th while cementing their status as favorites to advance.
At the end of the day, as the scores were totaled and the heats seeded for Sunday's final, it was apparent that the consistent dominance of the top 4 had paid dividends, and anyone else hoping to qualify would probably need to post the final workouts top time and pray one of them faltered.
While Joey Warren did finish in 16th place (11:55), he had enough of a lead from his performances on Saturday to hold on to the final qualifying position. Millar tweaked his shoulder on the 28th rep of the squats. After dropping the bar and taking some time to regroup, he finished the last two reps and found himself on the track 200 meters behind Maddox and several others. With a solid run, Millar closed the gap but was unable to overtake Maddox (1st in 10:32) and Egyed (2nd in 10:38), finishing third after holding off Subry and Craig Knight (tied for 4th, 11:06) in a furious sprint finish.
When all was said and done, Egyed's consistent strength earned him the title. While not winning any of the four events, Egyed embodied the CrossFit ethos of “specializing in not specializing” finishing 7th, 2nd, 4th and 2nd in the four events. Neal Maddox, a former pro Arena Football player, announced his arrival on the scene finishing second. Joining them in Carson in July are Gabe Subry and Joey Warren.
To understand the strength of the SW Regional, take a glance at the list of those not advancing: Craig Knight (5th), David Millar (6th, 9th 2009 Games), Jeremy Kinnick (8th, 29th 2009 Games), J.C. Nessa (9th, 20th 2009 Games), Josh Everett (12th, 3rd 2007 Games, 2nd 2008 Games, 36th 2009 Games) and Pat Barber (15th, 4th 2008 Games, 36th 2009 Games). As Andy Petranek said early in the weekend, “This isn't a funnel we're putting these people through, it's an hourglass and only a couple of grains will make it.”
1. Peter Egyed
2. Neal Maddox
3. Gabe Subry
4. Joey Warren
Affiliate teams from all up and down the coast tackled three major events throughout this event weekend. San Francisco CrossFit came out of the box swinging in the first workout, posting a time nearly two full minutes ahead of their nearest competitor in second place. The remaining workouts were fairly tight, time-wise, finding more familiar names towards the top of the finishing order: Invictus, SoCal and Inferno.
Invictus came on strong in the second workout, finishing first overall. After a solid performance in the first and second workout, they Sat in first place heading into day two, all that needed be done was another stellar performance on the final event which combined a heavy tire, a heavy log and some squats into a ten-minute torture fest to the finish. The overall wasn't in the cards for Invictus though, finishing a distant 15th on this particular task.
1. San Francisco Crossfit
2. CrossFit Oakland
3. CrossFit Invictus
4. CrossFit SoCal
5. TJ's Gym/CrossFit San Rafael
6. CrossFit East Sac
7. Brethren CrossFit
8. CrossFit Balboa
For a full list of results, click here.