Wodapalooza Day 3 Recap
It was “moving day” on day three of the Wodapalooza CrossFit Festival on Saturday at Bayfront Park, Miami. Individuals and teams jockeyed for position on the podium, the huge prize purse and the 2020 CrossFit Games invitation.
The leaderboard, at the conclusion of the day, revealed a new frontrunner in both the men’s and women’s divisions. On the team side, a familiar name stood atop the standings, but they have challengers gaining on them.
The men’s division:
Noah Ohlsen started the day by hyping up the Miami crowd at the Bayside Stage, beating out the Panchik twins and Cole Sager in “Shark Bait.” Saxon and Spencer Panchik finished the event in second and fourth respectively, as the brothers battle it out for the Games invitation. Sager looked poised, as he cycled through his final pistols and DBall cleans to take third in the event, moving him into first place by midday.
The final workout of the day was “Nine Lives”, which was scored as two separate events. Sager once again displayed his consistency, finishing second in the first part and seventh in part two. This extended his lead to 64 points over Patrick Vellner who struggled in the second part of the workout finishing 19th.
- Sager is the only individual male athlete to finish all events in the top-ten thus far. His worst finish of the competition is eighth, as he seeks his first career Sanctional title.
- After a seventh-place showing in “Shark Bait” and a third-place finish in part one of “Nine Lives”, Travis Williams placed 32nd in part two of “Nine Lives” plummeting him out of the overall lead and into third place, 74 points behind Sager.
- Saxon Panchik remains the favorite to earn the Games invite. He currently sits in fourth place with 502 points.
- Ohlsen added two top-five finishes in day three to move into fifth place, just six points behind Saxon Panchik.
- Spencer Panchik remains in the hunt for his first career Games invitation. He’s 33 points behind his brother for the coveted invite.
The women’s division:
Tia-Clair Toomey took over the top spot on the leaderboard with a statement win in “Shark Bait,” finishing more than a minute faster than Kendall Vincelette, who set the time to beat in the previous heat. Sigmundsdottir took tenth in the event, dropping her into second on the leaderboard by 34 points heading into event six.
Sigmundsdottir placed second in both parts of “Nine Lives” as Toomey recorded two fourth-place finishes, cutting into her lead. At the end of day three, Sigmundsdottir sits 16 points behind the three-time “Fittest Woman on Earth”, setting up what should be an exciting race for the Wodapalooza title.
- A Sanctional win by either Toomey or Sigmundsdottir would be their fourth. And, four career Sanctional wins would be the most by any athlete, male or female.
- Sigmundsdottir has yet to finish outside the top ten in any event after three days of competition.
- Kari Pearce is currently in third place with 548 points, 60 points off of Toomey’s lead.
- Emily Rolfe again sits in the Games qualification spot after day three. She is currently eighth with 434 points thanks in part to three top-ten finishes. She placed second in “Shark Bait” and third in the second part of “Nine Lives”.
- Colleen Fotsch is challenging Rolfe for that invite, she is in the 10th place, trailing her by just 16 points.
The team division:
Mayhem Freedom stayed in the driver’s seat throughout “Shark Bait,” holding off Team GOWOD by 12 seconds. The Freedom women, Chyna Cho and Tasia Percevecz, made short work of the post-swim pistols and DBall cleans. In the race for the Games invitation, Team Victory Grips finished the event one place ahead of Mayhem Independence, taking fourth and fifth respectively. On the overall leaderboard, Victory Grips maintained a 5-point lead over Independence, heading into the final event of the day.
The team version of “Nine Lives” again came down to a battle between Mayhem Freedom and GOWOD. The team of CrossFit OC3 Black holdovers Taylor Williamson, Andrea Nisler, Luke Schafer with the addition of Streat Hoerner held off Freedom for the event win, their third of the competition.
Freedom finished second to maintain the overall lead over GOWOD but by just two points heading into the final day of competition.
- Team Wit sits in third place overall and within striking distance of both Mayhem Freedom and GOWOD for the top spot on the podium.
- Based on early indications that both GOWOD and Team Wit will decline the Games invitation, Mayhem Independence currently sits in the qualifying spot for that invite. They are in fourth place with 461 points.
- Team Victory Grips is also in position to earn that invite as they are just 15 points behind Independence heading in the final day of competition.
On tap for the final day of competition: Two final events are scheduled for both individuals and teams.
- Schedule of events for your time zone.
The Overall Top 10 After Day 3
- Tia-Clair Toomey (608) | Cole Sager (578) | Mayhem Freedom (559)
- Sara Sigmundsdottir (592) | Patrick Vellner (514) | Team GOWOD (557)
- Kari Pearce (548) |Travis Williams (504) | Team WIT (521)
- Amanda Barnhart (544) | Saxon Panchik (502) | Mayhem Independence (461)
- Haley Adams (486) | Noah Ohlsen (496) | Team Victory Grips (446)
- Brooke Wells (472) | Spencer Panchik (470) | ROMWOD Meat Squad (414)
- Kendall Vincelette (442) | Logan Collins (432) | SugarWOD (384)
- Emily Rolfe (434) | Adrian Munwiler (412) | US Army Warrior Fitness Team (355)
- Alanna Fisk Colon (420) | Nycolas Joyal (408) | Team Soul/Luther (337)
- Colleen Fotsch (418) | Christian Lucero (396) | Blacklisted HQ (336)