Well the cheering from the crowd has subsided but the excitement is still lingering. It was just an incredible weekend filled with incredible moments. Every workout left us inspired and emotional. Front Range CrossFit put on an outstanding event and big thanks goes out to all the judges and volunteers for their hard work. We want to thank the St. Louis CrossFit community for all their love and support. CrossFit TNT, CrossFit St. Charles, and CrossFit Springfield put on excellent performances and we can't thank them enough for cheering us through to California. We are truly blessed to have such brothers and sisters.
Our individuals, Josh Nimmo, Jake Howard, and David Cornthwaite made us truly proud. They all performed above all expectations and left it all on the floor. Josh was in 2nd moving into the final event but couldn't quite hold on to his lead and finished 13th overall. Jake was in 9th and gave an inspiring performance to move him into 6th, just 2 out ot the cut. David Cornthwaite battled back with a great performance to earn 20th. Jeremy Mhire and Brian Llewellyn placed 30th and 39th. Paul Cegon of TNT stepped up and did great. Unfortunately he suffered a calf injury that took him out of the running. Paul is a true inspiration. These guys were up against the best in the world and should be truly proud of what they accomplished.
Equally as inspiring was our Team performances. We battled back from 26th place after the 1st event and took 4th overall in the Snatch event. Then we took 11th overall in the triplet, an event that we thought would eliminate us from the competition! We went into the last event in 9th place overall. With a crushing performance in the final event, we moved up just enough to take 8th place overall, securing our spot to the 2010 CrossFit Games Affiliate Cup!
A special note goes out to Melissa Hurley. She didn't have a chance to compete with us due to a misunderstanding on the event dates. When she found out CrossFit TNT needed another female, she agreed to step up. That is what family is all about. Melissa crushed the sprint workout and snatch event. Melissa, we are so proud of you. A big thanks also goes out to Trey Dowell for being the statistic update man and for supporting us through the whole weekend.
Kara Funk was consistent and tough! She absolutely killed the overhead squats and thrusters. Tawn Keener just blew us away with her speed. We've never seen someone do burpees so fast! She'll be the first to admit she can struggle with range of motion but she only got called out on 1 repetition! Raelynn Chase proved to be an awesome sprinter and a great coach! She planned our strategy for the final event and it worked! Brilliant. Corey Lewis was our cardio man and killed the run and did all 3000 meters in the row. Cory Buerck simply took the "Performance of the Games" award. His strength came through in the snatch, with a #230 lift. Then he blew us away by doing all 50 muscle-ups in the triplet, all without a false grip! Cory is a modest guy but to be truthful, you put us through with that amazing accomplishment. I simply did what I had to do and that's to treat barbells like they're chopsticks. To my Teammates. I couldn't have been more proud. I wouldn't have picked anyone else to compete with and I thank you all for giving me moments and memories that I will never forget. We left it all on the floor and we did it.
A huge note goes out to my partners, Herb and Brandon. Without these excellent coaches, our athetes would not be where they are today. Your hard work and excellence showed up in Denver and was not to be denied. On a personal note, I can't thank you guys enough. Another shout out goes to Tracy Fober, our awesome Olympic Lifting coach! Tracy, your expertise and coaching abilities showed up in Denver. You could really see that out athletes knew how to move that barbell. We are blessed to have you here! To all CrossFit Valley Park members, I speak for all of your coaches when I say we are gleeming with pride today.
For a complete breakdown of the events and standings, go to North-Central Regional Results