There was no shortage of big name CrossFitters competing in the 2013 NorCal Regional.
In the men’s half former Games champion Jason Khalipa spearheaded a field that included the likes of Neal Maddox, Gabe Subry and Pat Barber. While in the female’s division, Annie Sakamoto, Katie Hogan and Miranda Oldroyd were all in action.
The Team division also boasted a wealth of talent with Diablo CrossFit Anejo and CrossFit 808 bringing large crowds of colour into the arena.
By the end of the weekend, world records would fall, former Games veterans would miss out on qualifying, and a few new competitors would make a name for themselves.
Here is a closer look at the three main divisions:
The NorCal men’s division is widely regarded as one of the toughest qualifying CrossFit Regions in the world with a number of world-class athletes.
With a CrossFit Games title to his name, and after a dominant performance in the Open, Jason Khalipa was always going to be the catch.
In the end, no could come close with Khalipa claiming the overall honours, breaking two world records along the way. Khalipa’s training partner, Neal Maddox, was second overall with Garret Fisher and Marcus Filly claiming the remaining two qualifying spots.
Filly beat Pat Barber for the final spot by just two points after finishing before him in the final Event. Barber, who missed last year’s Regional after bursting his appendix just days before the competition, needed to beat Filly to qualify for the Games. He ended up finishing five seconds behind him in the workout falling agonisingly short.
Gabe Subry was one spot behind, sixth overall.
The NorCal female’s division had one of the most entertaining finishes so far in the 2013 CrossFit Regionals.
Heading into Event 7, five athletes were competing for the final two qualifying spots to the Games, including Annie Sakamoto, Sarah Hopping and Ashley Carriveau.
Needing to win to have any hope of finishing in the top three, Sarah Hopping and Margaux Alvarez finished first and second in the workout, and then watched on as Sakamoto and Carriveau struggled on the cleans, falling further down the leaderboard with every second that ticked by.
Sakamoto ended up finishing the workout in 16th place overall, dropping her to fourth overall, missing out on a Games spot by just one point.
Despite winning the Event, Hopping also finished one point short with Carriveau and Alvarez just sneaking in.
Alessandra Pichelli won the overall title, ending the weekend more than 20 points clear in first place on the leaderboard.
After winning three of the seven Events, CrossFit 808 claimed the Regional title, finishing nine points ahead of Diablo CrossFit Anejo.