Another Regional weekend is in the books. It was an exciting three days of competition and we have finally crowned the fittest in the Atlantic and the West. Here’s the full recap!
Just as the final event was about to kick off, you could sense the urgency and intense energy that was present on the competition floor. A trip to the CrossFit Games was really anyone’s for the taking and don’t say it’s over, until it’s over. That was the story for Cole Sager who made an incredible jump, much like he did at last year, moving up from ninth place to fifth after the final event. He was able to overcome a 31 point deficit, fighting for every second and closing out the weekend with an Event 7 win.
Brent Fikowski took first place overall by 70 points, never finishing out of the top-7 and will make his rookie debut in Carson. Following Fikowski was two-time CrossFit Games veteran, Ben Stoneberg, who never finished out of the top-9 all weekend and his fifth place in Event 7 was just enough to secure him a second place overall. Finishing in third place was Canadian, Lucas Parker, who will be competing in his sixth CrossFit Games. Rounding out the top-5 are teammates, Samuel Kwant and three-time Games competitor, Cole Sager. This will be Kwant’s first trip to the CrossFit Games.
Carleen Mathews led the women with two event wins and returns to the CrossFit Games for the second year in a row. She is followed by a pair of Games veterans, Emily Abbott and Margaux Alvarez, who finished only one point apart on the leaderboard. These three women dominated the Region, separating themselves by nearly 100 points from Carly Fuhrer and Christina Verhagen who closed out the final two spots and will be making their first appearances in Carson this July.
The five women, men, and teams that will represent the West Region in the 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games are as follows:
- Carleen Mathews (605)
- Emily Abbott (563)
- Margaux Alvarez (562)
- Carly Fuhrer (479)
- Christina Verhagen (476)
- Brent Fikowski (623)
- Ben Stoneberg (550)
- Lucas Parker (547)
- Samuel Kwant (534)
- Cole Sager (511)
- Boise CrossFit Rainbow (850)
- CrossFit Marysville (793)
- CrossFit Fort Vancouver (720)
- Lane 5 Athletics (718)
- CF Dūrātus (705)
If we could describe this weekend’s performance by the reigning Fittest Man On Earth, Ben Smith, it would be consistent. At just 26 years old, Smith will be competing in his eighth consecutive CrossFit Games. He also became the only athlete to win a regional six times! Now the question is: can he repeat and win the CrossFit Games?
Noah Ohlsen showed up to Regionals with high expectations after winning the 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games Open; however, after day one, he sat in fifth place, not at all where he had envisioned he’d be. The following day, he was able to jump up to second place after an Event 4 win, and then later secured his spot to the Games with another event win in the Event 6 chipper.
There seems to be a trend in all Regions thus far – the final event is full of suspense and uncertainty for not only the athletes, but for spectators as well. The men came out guns blazing and for Jeff Evans who was on the outside looking in, found himself in the lead, several reps ahead of Smith, but a no rep on his final legless rope climb cost him the event win and as a result, prevented him from clinching a spot to the Games. What may seem like a small mistake can be the difference between going to Carson or seeing it slip through your fingers.
The men who capitalized on Evan’s mistake were Travis Mayer, who earned his spot back to the Games after just missing it last year and 23-year old, Jacob Anderson, who will make his first CrossFit Games debut. The fifth and final spot went to Gary Helmick, qualifying him for his second Games after missing the previous two regional competitions due to injury. Gary’s wife, Aleah, also qualified individually. They are the second married couple to qualify for the Games in the same year since Matt and Cherie Chan back in 2011.
On the Women’s side of things, Emily Bridgers claimed the top spot all weekend, finishing within the top 10 in every event, and had three event wins. She executed the weekend perfectly, winning her region for a third time and like Smith, consistency was key.
Olympic Gold Medalist (sailing) and three-time CrossFit Games athlete, Anna Tunnicliffe, claimed second place after battled back from eighth place overall at the end of Day 2. Her tenacity, grit, and prowess always makes her a fun athlete to watch.
Finishing in fourth place was six-time Games athlete Christy Adkins, who qualified for her seventh Games after missing qualification last year by one spot.
Two new faces are also headed to Carson: Meg Reardon and Alea Helmick.
Reardon took the entire field by storm in her very first Regional appearance. Her first-place finish on the final event was enough to take her from sixth to third place overall. Helmick on the other hand, has been in the thick of things for three years now, but has never been able to lock in a Games spot until now. She placed seventh in 2015, fifth in 2014, and fourth in 2013.
The five women, men, and teams that will represent the Atlantic Region in the 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games are as follows:
- Emily Bridgers (602)
- Anna Tunnicliffe (533)
- Meg Reardon (528)
- Christy Adkins (526)
- Alea Helmick (510)
- Ben Smith (618)
- Noah Ohlsen (560)
- Travis Mayer (531)
- Jacob Anderson (526)
- Gary Helmick (517)
- Team Soul (803)
- HustleHard CrossFit (769)
- 12 Labours Lions (765)
- CrossFit Bound (732)
- The CrossFit Squad (717)