Because Northwest is five points ahead of second-place Central, the team is all but assured of the overall Affiliate Cup title on Sunday, even if it places last of the five teams in the final WOD. If Northwest doesn't finish the workout, the title is up for grabs.
CrossFit NorCal finished third on the strength of a first-place finish in the OHS/pull-up WOD. Crossfit Invictus from San Diego slipped to fourth after a spirited third WOD in the afternoon heat of the Stadium, while Oregon CrossFit finished fifth after posting a stellar 11:09 (first overall) on the trail run.
Northwest's lowest placing was 11th in the OHS/pull-up WOD, but the outfit--Paul Zavaglia, Zak Middleton, Alek Vlaski, Lindsey Dion, Amanda Barelli and Laura Asbell--finished third in the run and fourth in the Stadium WOD. A diverse group that proves specialization is the enemy, the team features a former rugby/football player (Zavaglia), a tennis pro (Vlaski), a cyclist/track athlete (Barelli) and a basketball player (Dion).
Last year's winner, CrossFit Oakland, placed 43rd, while the 2007 champion, CrossFit Santa Cruz, finished 17th.
The top international team was CrossFit Calgary (13th).
The final WOD has not been announced as of press time but is scheduled for release Saturday night or Sunday morning.