Our coverage of the Mayhem Madness team competition continues even with the recent announcement that the competition dates will be pushed back three weeks to a tentative date of August 23-30. Last week we profiled the crew from CrossFit Krypton and this week we’ll be taking a look at the second team to earn a spot to through the online qualifier boasting a familiar name and a couple of familiar faces from the CrossFit Games.
Team MisFit finished third overall in the qualifier behind Krypton and P10 Performance with an incredibly consistent performance across the board. They finished all five of the qualifiers between 2nd and 7th place and four of those finishes were in the top five. All four of their athletes have high-level competition experience including two individual Games athletes.
- Paige Semenza: The former Ohio State University hockey player actually got her start at the CrossFit Games in 2017 as a member of Timberwolf CrossFit’s affiliate cup team that finished 8th overall. Semenza has since qualified for back-to-back Games as an individual, and become a fixture at Sanctionals. Her athleticism and grit as a competitor will be a huge asset during the throes of team competition, and having the high-level experience at the Games in both divisions will make Semenza one of the leaders of the team.
- Jordan Cook: In a similar vein as Semenza, Cook has the distinction of having extensive experience at the Games in both the individual and team competition. Cook made back-to-back individual Games appearances — winning his Regional in 2014 — before accomplishing the same feat in the team competition the past two years. In fact, Cook has been on the Don’t Stop team that finished 6th place overall at the Games the last two seasons. Cook isn’t flashy meaning that any one individual performance won’t jump off the page the way some other (normally) individual athletes in the competition will, but he’s as seasoned as they come in the upper echelon of team competitions and knows how to work cohesively with an eclectic mix of individual athletes. He’ll be a good glue guy that fits anywhere the team needs him.
- Austin Spencer: Just five points (and two seconds in one event) is all that separated Spencer from qualifying for his first-ever CrossFit Games out of the East Regional in 2017 where he finished 6th. He’s still searching for his first individual trip to the Games, but since then has logged plenty of time on the competition floor making it back to Regionals, and competing Wodapalooza, the Brazil CrossFit Championships, and the Mayhem Classic as an individual. Spencer’s best finish was an 8th place in Brazil, and his best workout finishes come in the shorter time domains ranging from three to seven minutes, which in the team competition really helps during the team relays and any event with shorter work to rest intervals.
- Caroline Connors: Connors may not be a household name but she does have a handful of strong competition performances under her belt. She competed at the East Regional in 2017, and 2018, with the latter being her best finish at 12th place overall. Under the new system she’s only competed at two Sanctionals, but both times she’s cracked the top 10 — taking 10th in 2019 down in Brazil, and finishing 7th at the Mayhem Classic this season. Connors competed on CrossFit MF’s team at Regionals in 2016, and her smaller frame (5’1” 135 pounds), makes her an intriguing wild card on a team of MisFits when looking at implements like the worm where discrepancies in height can be exacerbated, or in workouts with some higher skill gymnastics where she can really fly.
Outlook: This team definitely has the potential to turn some heads and could surprise some teams that, on paper, people would point to as having better individual talent. Many of the super teams will have some communication and logistical issues to work out, but the familiarity of these athletes with one another certainly will help.
- All four athletes are longtime MisFit athletes and have trained and spent time together whether at training camps organized by the program or, in the case of Connors and Spencer, being from the same gym.
- Shorter workouts with some high power output and relative skill could be a place where this team makes their mark. The roster doesn’t scream “endurance team” to me but if we’re looking at a workout with heavier barbell cycling and some decent gymnastics then they could make a splash.
Given the depth and talent of the teams in this competition, and considering that neither of the Mayhem teams competed in the qualifier, a top-5 finish for the MisFit crew would be a fantastic performance if or when things get rolling in Cookeville.
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Editor’s Note: This story was translated to Portuguese by Axel Gouveia from the original English version, which you…