To finish the weekend, the competitors had to speed through rope climbs and squat cleans.
After a long, strenuous weekend, the teams faced one last challenge. The teams alternated between men and women, with three sets of two rope climbs and 2, 3, or 4 squat cleans. This event was the last chance for some teams to secure a top three spot and a ticket to the 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games.
The final heat was fast paced and high energy. CrossFit Fort Vancouver (14:23) continued its near perfect weekend with a first place finish in the event. Showing all around strength, stamina, and collaboration each Fort Vancouver team member made quick work of their ascents and squat cleans.
“We had a blast this weekend. We are super pumped to be heading to perform at the Games,” Adam Neiffer of Fort Vancouver said.
Neiffer was impressed by the energy of the crowd and the support from the Fort Vancouver cheering section.
“It was electric out there. You could feel the energy from the crowd on the floor,” he said.
Fort Vancouver won it all in 2010 and returns to Carson seeking to bring the Affiliate Cup back to the North West.
Jet City only finished outside of the top four on one event and they were determined to make it back to Carson. Ryan Calkins and the entire team were all smiles at the end of the competition.
“We are really excited. After finishing in fourth last year it feels really good to earn a solid second place and a trip to compete in Carson,” Calkins said.
The third and final spot on the podium appeared to be up for grabs going into the final heat of Event 7. Spokane Valley looked to maintain its location at third and secure a spot to compete at Carson. Owner and team athlete Dan Staton was firm and passionate when he explained what his team was at Regionals to accomplish.
“I said it before; we are here to prove it again. Last year there were doubters and rumors so this year we had to come back to show that our training is legit and remember all along we knew our integrity was solid,” Staton said.
After earning a spot last year, then being disqualified, the Spokane Valley was determined to show that they're a clean and competent team.
When asked specifically about their stellar performance on Event 7 Staton pointed to teammates, Jason Uberuaga and Salem Giampietro.
“Anchors! Talk to our anchors,” Staton said.
“That was why we were picked as anchors and we did what we had to do,” Uberuaga explained.
Spokane Valley’s first male competitor, Kevin Longmeier, suffered an injury during his portion of the event but managed to finish, leaving the team at a deficit.
“We obviously didn’t anticipate the injury and when we saw it we didn’t get discouraged. We just knew that each of us would have to work that much harder to make it happen,” Giampietro said.
The team rallied to finish the event in second and overall in third securing the coveted final qualification to Carson.
1. CrossFit Fort Vancouver (14:23)
2. Spokane Valley (15:24)
3. Jet City (15:50)