Locals fall short of CrossFit Games finals qualification
Jenny LaBaw made a gallant attempt to pull off a massive comeback in her attempt to return to the CrossFit Games finals on Sunday, but her comeback came up short with an eighth-place finish at the Northern California Regional.
LaBaw, a Rifle High School graduate, the 2012 NorCal Regional champion and a two-time qualifier for the world games, returned to her old form after low finishes in the first (14th place), second (27th place) and fourth workouts (18th place) of the 39-athlete field.
Her performances in her other five workouts nearly made up for what happened in the other three. They included finishes of first, fourth, sixth and third place, with her third-place finish coming in the final workout of the three-day event. She came into the final event in ninth place.
The top three finishers in each regional qualify for the CrossFit Games finals, which begin on July 25 in Carson, Calif.
LaBaw was unable to compete for much of the CrossFit season in 2013 because of a broken left foot. She was ranked fifth in the NorCal Region after the five-workout open competition headed into this past weekend.
Closer to home, both of Garfield County’s representatives at the CrossFit Games South West Regional in Salt Lake City made up ground on the third and final day of the event on Sunday, but neither were able to advance to next month’s CrossFit Games in Carson, Calif.
Jon Lipp of Carbondale, co-owner of Sopris CrossFit, rebounded from a rocky first-day start to nearly claim a spot in the Top 10.
Lipp, 29, was near the bottom of the individual standings after the first of his seven workouts, finishing tied for 40th in the 41-athlete field of the Open Division. He rebounded for a seventh-place finish in the second workout and, by the time he finished Sunday’s seventh and eighth workouts, was sitting in eighth place after he had finished.
Lipp, however, finished 11th overall. He came into the event ranked 14th. The top three finishers reach the CrossFit Games in Carson, Calif.
Also competing in the Salt Lake City event was Glenwood Springs CrossFit, which brought a team to Salt Lake. Glenwood was the only team not from a major city or a suburb that was competing in the event.
Glenwood, which has been fighting off injuries to team members since qualifying for the regional, had to rebound after it finished 30th and 29th, respectively, in the third and fourth workouts. But after coming into Sunday’s seventh and eighth workouts in 27th place in the 30-team field, Glenwood recovered with a pair of middle-of-the-pack finishes Sunday to finish 24th overall.
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