DAY 3 WITH WODAPALOOZA'S ELITE
Noah Ohlsen makes history as Wodapalooza’s first three-time champion.
Wodapalooza has named its first three-peat champion. WZA veteran and hometown athlete Noah Ohlsen took his third consecutive championship with three event wins and six top-five finishes. Alex Anderson claimed silver with one event win and five top-three finishes, while Samuel Kwant jumped from fifth to third in the final three events, taking bronze with four top-four finishes.
On the women’s side, Camille Leblanc-Bazinet and defending 2016 champion Brooke Wells raced all weekend, trading first and second places like a game of hot potato. But when the dust settled on Day 3, it was Leblanc-Bazinet who took home the gold, and Wells, the silver. The pair accumulated 10 first and second-place finishes between the two.
“She pushes me a lot,” Wells said of her competitor after the final event. “It’s been a lot of fun.”
“She’s an amazing athlete,” she said. “It’s pretty cool to be with another woman who is confident enough to just be cool.”
Anna Fisk took third with four top-five finishes.
Two pairs of brothers stood atop the podium in the men’s team division. After trading places all weekend, Team Panchik and the Smith Bro’s took third and second, with Misfit nLnM taking the top spot.
A single name held fast to first in the women’s division all weekend: Team Progenex. The team earned gold with three event wins and six top-two finishes.
“It was a blast, we had so much fun,” said team member Emily Bridgers. “We got to enjoy the crowd the whole time.”
Team Probably FitAID claimed second with five top-five finishes, and after a weekend hovering on the edge between fifth and third place, Team Soul ended the weekend on the podium, taking third with six top-five finishes.
Though there were clear leaders in each division throughout the weekend, no rank was secure at the start of Day 3: it all came down to the final hours.
WOD 6 — MONKEYING AROUND
ELITE TEAMS AND INDIVIDUALS
In WOD 6, athletes had to channel their inner children, sandwiching heavy sandbag carries (180/120 lb.) with several traverses of an expanse of Rogue monkey bars, some toes-to-bars tossed in to spice things up even more.
The women were the first to test the event. The most successful athletes were those who managed to hoist the bag onto their shoulders; those who attempted the 450-m run—up and around the hill stage’s namesake—with their bags pressed to their stomachs were forced to waddle while their opponents jogged.
No teams were able to finish the work within the nine-minute cap, but Savage Barbell-HustleHard came closest, with time-capped score of 9:06:15. The team taught the crowd a lesson in strongman, squatting low to grip the bag before powerfully extending their hips to get it up and tucked into the crooks of their necks, like a 120-lb. violin.
But the race for first wasn’t the only one afoot. At the start of the day, team CrossFit Parallax stood in fourth, just three points behind CrossFit Soul and well within podium striking distance.
“We’re hungry for it,” said team member Kelly Baker. “We’re the no-name (team) right now, and we’re fine with that; we just want to quietly inch our way up unto the podium.”
While Savage Barbell-HustleHard and Team Progenex raced for the event, CrossFit Parallax and Team Soul—in fourth and third, respectively, before the event—battled for points. Though Team Soul had the better strongman technique—some Parallax athletes opted for the stomach-hug, Parallax made up ground on the toes-to-bars with a more efficient kip, taking ninth with a time-capped score of 9:09:07 while Team Soul took 10th at 9:09.11. But when the clock stopped, team PRGNX/RPM Fitness had beat them both with a third-place finish of 9:07.05, stealing the third podium spot and knocking Team Soul and CrossFit Parallax down to fourth and fifth.
Still, CrossFit Parallax remained positive. A team of three former soccer players, they’re ready to run.
“We have a really fun last workout,” said CrossFit Parallax team member Kelsey Kiel. “We like to run, we like to sprint on that TrueForm and we like to snatch heavy. We’re really excited for the last workout.”
CrossFit Shrewsbury took the early lead for the men, its first athlete the first to return to the rig after the first 450-m carry, but lost it to Team Panchik before the third athlete finished his leg. Team Panchik’s lead was short-lived, however: as Spencer Panchik sprinted down the hill with his bag, he stumbled forward, dropping it to the ground. As he hoisted it back up, another athlete careened into his back, sending Spencer’s bag flying another few feet and allowing several athletes to pass.
After the men got to the toes-to-bars, the pace doubled, several teams neck-and-neck in a chaotic cloud of flying feet. When the time ran out, only a tenth of a second made the difference between first, second and third, with team BearKomplex on top taking its first win of the weekend.
But it’s the final day of Wodapalooza, and as with the women, more was at stake than the WOD win. Before the event, CrossFit Shrewsbury stood in fourth, with 50 points fewer than Team Panchik in third.
With just the finale remaining—a sandwich of three separately scored, but back-to-back events—the overall leaders remained the same: Misfit nLnm in first with 528 points), Smith Bro’s in second with 518, and Team Panchik bringing up third with 503 points.
When the Elite individuals came out, Brooke Wells took her second event win, Monkeying Around in just 7:13—just two seconds slower than the winner of the men’s division, Noah Ohlsen.
WOD 7, 8, 9 — TRIPLE FINALE
ELITE TEAMS AND INDIVIDUALS
Wodapalooza’s final test was simple: athletes had to be fast, strong and gymnasty. All divisions completed variations of a TrueForm runner sprint, high-rep squat cleans and muscle-ups, and a one-rep max snatch, each portion scored as a separate event.
Teams had to play smart, knowing when to swap a fatigued athlete for a fresh one and how to organize their lifts.
On the women’s side, team Brute, Mandi and Her MLFs were the fastest, finishing the 1,000-m sprint of WOD 7 in 3:37.02. Team Progenex moved both the barbells and their body weight the most efficiently, elegantly stringing sets of three to five muscle-ups at a time to finish WOD 8 at 9:09. The largest load—525 lb.—came from team PRGNX/RPM Fitness.
When the men took the floor, heat two was treated to a life lesson: learn to work out without music. Without warning, the stage speakers began to scream an ear-splitting drone, like a madman pulling out all the stops on a massive organ. After venue staff repair the speaker—to enthusiastic applause from the crowd—athletes had to compete in several moments of silence before the beats resumed dropping.
The sprint went to the Smith Bro’s with a blazing 2:44.01 finish, while Team TEN Red took its one and only win on the squat cleans and muscle-ups at 7:30. But it was Team Panchik who got the crowd jumping with its astounding triple threat: all three brothers successfully snatched 285 lb., the heaviest lift of any athlete, individual or team, that night.
Leah Greenfield grabbed her moment of fame in WOD 7, out-sprinting the field of elite with a 400-m TrueForm time of 1:25. Though Leblanc-Bazinet was not among the first to reach the rings, she could knock her muscle-ups out in sets of five or more, unlike the rest of the field. She won WOD 8 at 5:41. The heaviest snatch—190 lb.—came from Megin Oczkowski.
Jordan Troyan proved for the second time this weekend that he can move fast—an emcee described him as “Aquaman turned the Flash—winning the sprint in 1:04.08. For a moment, it looked as though Sean Sweeney might take WOD 8: He was the first to the rings, waving his characteristic cowboy hat at the crowd as he slowly sauntered toward the rig. But it was Christian Lucero who finished first, locking out his last muscle-up at 6:22, and Kevin Schuetz took the final event of Wodapalooza 2017 with a 275-lb. snatch.