The CrossFit West Santa Cruz team finished the 2013 NorCal Regional in 6th place (out of 30 teams). The first day was a little rocky and ended with the team in 11th place, but the team fought back over the next two days and capped the competition with a 3rd place finish in the final event, which resulted in a 6th place finish overall. It is very difficult to fight back from a deficit, especially with the level of competition they faced, but the team showed their heart, abilities, and all around badassness and steadily climbed up the ladder to the highest placing CrossFit West Santa Cruz has had. CFWSC placed 11th in 2011, 9th in 2012, and now 6th in 2013. Next year will be our year. A huge congratulations to the entire team–PJ, Dave, Chris, Brooke, Alicia, and Erica–on a great weekend and a great finish. We love you guys and we can’t wait to see what you will do next year, but first, enjoy a few very deserved beers, pizzas, and rest days.
I have to give out a shout out to a few other people:
Ashley Carriveau trains at West every weekend and has represented us in competition multiple times. Last year she finished the Open in 1st place in NorCal, but the 2012 Regionals were not to be for her. Early on in the Open, she was diagnosed with cervical cancer and ended up having major surgery in the month before Regionals. Her disappointment was tremendous and her recovery began with a vow to make it to the Games this year. That promise came true this last weekend when she finished in 2nd place. A huge and very well earned congratulations to Ashley.
Santa Cruz’s own Annie Sakamoto is a CrossFit legend. Much of CrossFit’s early reputation was forged by a few hard charging female CrossFitters and Annie was the leader. Years later, she continues to be a source of inspiration and a top tier athlete with Games appearances in 2011 and 2012. Annie did not qualify this year, but the support and respect she gives her fellow competitors, as well as the humility, maturity, and openness with which she comports herself, win or lose, is an example for all.
The battle for the final Games spot in the men’s division was between Marcus Filly and Pat Barber. Barber, a long-time CrossFitter with several Games to his name, was considered one of the favorites going into the competition. Filly displayed great athleticism and composure in his head-to-head battle with Barber, one of the biggest names in CrossFit. It all came down to the last workout and the look of surprise and joy on Filly’s face when he realized he had beaten Barber by a few seconds and made it to the Games was just awesome to see.
Our cross-town rival and fellow affiliate CrossFit Santa Cruz finished the competition in 4th place, just one place out of the qualifying for the Games. Of course, I want West to head south for the Games, but barring that, I want Santa Cruz represented at the Games. Even though no one local made it to the Games this year, we showed that the birthplace of CrossFit, Santa Cruz, still possesses a very high level of CrossFit and, even with 6000 plus affiliates in the world, this little county is still a force to be reckoned with. Congratulations to CFSC on a great weekend.
Next up on the competition front is the CrossFit Games the end of July. Chris Kulp, the Professor, will be competing under the CrossFIt West banner in the 60 plus division. Chris took 2nd in 2011 and 3rd last year and he is entering this Games in his highest seeded position yet. The Santa Cruz County Affiliate Cup takes place this fall and we will be looking to field multiple teams in the masters, intermediate, and rx’d divisions. As well as being an fantastic experience, CF West is the defending champions in several divisions and we want to bring home gold again this year.