April 1, 2013
Week Four in Review: South Central
By Amy Duchene

The dust is starting to settle on the South Central's top athletes.

With one week remaining of the 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games Open, the dust is starting to settle on South Central’s top athletes. This week, competitors and teams had seven minutes to push through an ascending ladder of clean and jerks and toes-to-bars. Going in to week five, 13.4 caused little to no shakeup in the ranks, though, as familiar names continued to affirm their control of the region.


The most impressive score from the Men this week came from Jesse Haines, of CrossFit Rowlett. With a score of 125 reps, Haines was one toes-to-bars away from completing his fifth round, and just four points shy of the top score worldwide. Haines’ strong performance moved him into the region’s top-10 men, a group which is currently led by Courtney Wuistinger, who has remained in first place since week three.

Rounding out the region’s top males are 2012 CrossFit Games competitor, Jason Hoggan, and Roy Gamboa who did not compete in 2012. Last year’s regional champ, Bryan Diaz is currently in 44th place.


For the South Central women, it was a surprise to see Jenn Jones turn in her weakest score of the season. With a score of 100, Jones — who has placed first or second in all other weeks of the competition — finished in 15th place overall this week. The workout did little to affect her place at the top of the Leaderboard, though, as she maintains her strong lead on second placed, Amanda Schwartz. Rounding out the top three this week is Jenna Gracey, of River City CrossFit, while 2012 CrossFit Games competitor, Candice Ruiz, takes a slight drop to eighth place.

The top female score on 13.4 belonged to Megan Norris, from CrossFit Lake Charles, who turned in 108 reps. Norris’ score was strong enough to be the 23rd highest score worldwide and advance her into 13th place overall. 


For the third time in four weeks, the Get Lifted team pulled off a first-place finish. Led by some seriously strong women, team members Brenda Chavez and Holly Mata are currently in third and fourth in the region going into the final week of competition.

Just behind Get Lifted are Team CrossFit Central and newcomer to the top three, CrossFit Deep, which slightly edged out Woodward CrossFit RWB for the first time in four weeks.