2020 CrossFit Games Age Group Preview: Boys and Girls Ages 14-15
The Morning Chalk Up begins its preview of the teen divisions for the 2020 CrossFit Games with the 14-15 year old boys and girls division. The standings are unofficial after the Age Group Online Qualifier (AGOQ) scores were submitted and could change due to score adjustments as the top-25 athletes in each division must submit videos to CrossFit HQ for review. With the news from CrossFit HQ stating that they are extending the video review period and concluding the process on April 29. The leaderboard is scheduled to be finalized after the appeals process concludes on May 11 with the top ten athletes in each division receiving an invitation to the Games.
Chad Schroeder dives into the numbers of the AGOQ even more, breaking down all the divisions with his statistical analysis.
Boys 14-15 division: The field for this division will consist of all rookies, all making their Games debut and all at 15 years of age. This new class looks balanced and competitive as evidenced by their point difference between first and fourth being eight points. The field is represented by seven different countries.
- Elijah Subiono showed his second place finish in the Worldwide Open was no fluke as he currently sits atop the leaderboard in the division’s AGOQ. He was the only athlete in the field to win two AGOQ events including the max clean and jerk with a lift of 285 LBs. Overall he recorded five top-ten finishes in the AGOQ. Subiono competed at Wodapalooza in February, placing sixth and picking up an event win in the highly competitive teen field.
- Benjamin Concha finished just five points off the AGOQ lead to place second. The native of Chile placed 11th in the Open and was the top 15-year old in his country. Concha recorded five top-ten finishes in the AGOQ.
- Rökkvi Guđnason tied for the final qualifying spot last season in the AGOQ but did not receive the invitation due to the tiebreaker. Last year’s disappointment fueled him as he placed third in the AGOQ securing a spot for his first Game’s berth. The future of the Icelandic men’s division won the Open in the 14-15 age group after placing tenth last year. Guđnason recorded four top-five finishes in this year’s AGOQ including his first career event win. He competed at Wodapalooza, placing ninth thanks to five top-ten finishes.
- Caleb McClure placed 39th in the AGOQ as a 14-year old last year. This year he jumped up 35 spots, finishing fourth, just eight points off the lead. McClure recorded three top-five finishes including a victory in the opening event.
- Marc Leber matched his placing in the Open with a fifth place finish in the AGOQ. He placed second behind Subiono in the Open as the top American 14-15 year old. In the AGOQ he recorded four top-ten finishes. He was the top finisher in event six, his first career AGOQ victory.
- Isaac Kime was the top 14-15 year old in Australia this year as he finished third overall in the Open. That translated to a sixth place finish in the AGOQ, improving from his 32nd finish last year. He recorded four top-ten finishes including a runner-up placing in event three.
- Kaea Taurua is one of two New Zealanders currently in Games qualifying spots. Last year as a 14-year old he placed 14th in the AGOQ, coming up four spots short of the Games invitation. This year he tied for seventh after placing fourth in the Open. In this year’s AGOQ, he recorded four top-ten finishes including three placings in the top-five.
- Johan Roberts tied fellow Kiwi Taurua for seventh place in the AGOQ. Roberts bounced back from a disappointing 33rd finish in the Open with two top-ten finishes to secure a bid to his first Games.
- Jasper Lowe finished this year’s Open as the fittest 14-15 year old in Canada. That accomplishment propelled him to a ninth place finish in the AGOQ where he recorded two top-five event finishes.
- Miguel Buzza Roo tied Lowe for the final qualifying spot from the AGOQ. He placed seventh and finished as the fittest 14-15 year old in Brazil in the Open. He had two top-ten finishes in the AGOQ. Last year he placed 19th in the AGOQ.
Outside looking in: Dillon Cannon, Gustavo Pusch, Guy Drayman, Vitor Loffi Wawrzeniak and Ryan Martin are the next five athletes outside the cutline. Cannon, who finished sixth in the Open, is just five points below the cutline. The 14-year old Pusch competed at Wodapalooza in the 13-15 year old division, placing seventh.
Girls 14-15 division: The division returns two athletes who competed at the Games last year as 14 year olds, as four of the top six finishers from last year will receive invites to compete in the 16-17 year old division. Seven of the ten athletes in qualifying positions call the United States home.
- Sophia Shaft is one of the Games returnees as she looks to improve on her eighth place finish from last year. She has gotten off to a strong start in the AGOQ, winning the qualifier with lowest point total throughout all the divisions with 13 points. Shaft put on an impressive performance in this year’s AGOQ, placing no worse than fourth in the six events while collecting three event wins. In her debut at the Games as a 14-year old last year, she finished strong with a third and fourth place finish in the final two events. Shaft placed third in the Open this year, improving on her 39th finish from last year. She competed at Wodapalooza in February, placing seventh in the 13-15 year old division.
- Emma Lawson battled Shaft for the top spot in the AGOQ, finishing just one point behind her. The third place finisher at last year’s Games as a 14-year old, she won two events in the AGOQ and didn’t have a finish worse than fourth. In her two years competing in the division, Lawson’s worst finish in the AGOQ was seventh in last year’s qualifier. At the Games, she had two runner-up event finishes. She won the Open in her division this year after placing fifth last year. She competed at Wodapalooza, placing second while picking up two event wins.
- Eduarda Souza will actually receive her second Games invitation but has yet to compete on that stage. Last year she finished eighth in the AGOQ as a 14-year old but the application for her US Visa denied. The Brazilian, who resides in Portugal, placed third in this year’s AGOQ thanks to four top-ten finishes including her first career qualifier event victory. Souza won the max clean and jerk with a lift of 223 LBs.
- Jadzia Onorati-Phillips came up two points short of qualifying for the Games last year. She finished 12th in the AGOQ, just two points behind Claire Doty who replaced Souza at the Games. Onorati-Phillips would have gotten the invitation due to the tiebreaker. She didn’t have to worry about that this year as she placed fourth in the AGOQ. In the AGOQ, she recorded five top-ten finishes including a third place finish in event six. At Wodapalooza, she placed third thanks to four top-three finishes including an event win.
- Lais Telles has finished behind fellow Brazilian Souza for the fittest 14-15 year old in Brazil the last two years but was rewarded for her hard work this year when she placed fifth in the AGOQ. She had four top-ten finishes including a third place in event four.
- Olivia Kerstetter is one of two 14-year olds amongst the Game qualifiers. She placed sixth in the AGOQ thanks to three top-ten finishes. In the Open, she finished fourth and third in the United States in the division. She competed at Wodapalooza, placing fourth, where she recorded five top-five finishes including an event win in the “Pump Sesh” triplet.
- Rebekah Devine was another athlete on the outside looking in last year for a Games qualifying spot. She placed 15th in last year’s AGOQ and responded this year with a seventh place finish, securing an invitation. She qualified for the AGOQ after she placed fifth in the Open, improving on her 14th place from last year.
- Bianca Miller placed eighth in the AGOQ to earn her invitation to the Games. Competing in her first Open, she placed 10th worldwide qualifying her to the AGOQ. The 14-year old would end up recording three top-five finishes including a runner-up finish in event two. She competed at Wodapalooza, placing 11th.
- Reese Crowder will receive her Games invitation after placing ninth in the AGOQ. Last year she placed 16th in the AGOQ in her first year competing in the Open. In this year’s AGOQ she finished with two top-ten finishes to help her earn her bid. She also competed at Wodapalooza where she placed tenth.
- Dariana Rosales holds onto the final spot in the AGOQ for the coveted Games invitation. The teen from Mexico placed 12th in the Open to earn her AGOQ spot. She recorded three top-ten finishes in the AGOQ including a runner-up finish in the max clean and jerk event with a lift of 223 LBs. At Wodapalooza she placed sixth.
Outside looking in: Molly Chicone, Emily Meyer, Hayleigh Kanthack, Gabbie Hays and Annie Linnea Keen Hansen are the next five athletes outside the cutline. Chicone currently sits in 11th in the AGOQ, matching her 11th place showing in the Open. The 14-year old Meyer placed 19th in the Open and also finished fifth at Wodapalooza.