The Midwest Regional Qualifiers are over and the final results are here. Bill Henniger reflects on the event:
Day one was brutal.
We started the day off with heavy deads and chest to bar pullups. The intensity was off the charts and the competition was insane with blood and chalk on the ground. Sarah Dunsmore at 5:38 and Alan Moore with 5:29 killed the WOD nicknamed "The Mule". The Mule knocked out some of the competition in the women's field but the remaining females were tough as nails.
The next WOD was the Kettlebell Thruster/Burpee workout, which proved to be an interesting challenge. Sarah Dunsmore at 5:58 and Simon Warnos with 4:39 bulled their way through to achieve the winning times. The competition was right at their heels with a strong showing from CrossFit Troy, Bragg and Durham bringing some pipehitters.
The third and final WOD was the 2K row, sounds simple but it is a killer. At this point it was straight heart driving the athletes through the end of the day. Ben Carter pulled a 6:44 with the rain hitting mid 2K, it was something to be seen. Zoe Metro of Hyperfit took the women's heat with a 7:55 and Dawn Hutchinson was only a second behind.
On to day 2:
Simon started the day with a two second lead and Sarah with a 2:41 lead. Out of the number four slot came Graham Spagnola and he was on a mission. He pushed through with a 6:51 time taking the lead and the rest of the pack wasn't far behind. Watching this heat was like watching battle, people were climbing the rafters to see the final heat. Dane Youtz won the heat with a 6:48. With a little more work, this guy is one to watch.
Dawn Hutchinson murdered the workout with a 7:50 which set her place at number four. Feng Yi Chew moved quietly throughout the competition and creeped close to Sarah and ended up in the second place slot. Sarah Dunsmore held the lead to secure her number one position.
Shana Duvall finished the WOD with the entire crowd going crazy, she power snatched 75lbs - 30 times which was very close to her PR for a single rep squat snatch.
Overall, as we've seen frequently, the competitors, spectators and judges were top notch. The competition was brutal but the sportsmanship was amazing.
Top 6 Women:
Sarah Dunsmore CrossFit Durham
Feng Yi Chew
Caroline Attmore CrossFit NC
Dawn Hutchison CrossFit Wilmington
Michelle Benedict CrossFit Fort Bragg
Chastity Slone Practice CrossFit
Top 6 Men:
Graham Spagnola CrossFit Troy
Brandon Massie CrossFit Troy