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Teen Beat: Teen Girls Success Carries Over Into Quarterfinals

April 12, 2021 by
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Not to beat a dead horse here but if you are still amongst that small group of individuals that were waiting for the performances of the teens to fall off in the Quarterfinals of the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games you are probably disappointed right now. They are here to stay and they won’t be satisfied with a participation medal, they are here to compete for podiums and titles. Here’s the latest breakdown on how the teen division athletes and alums did during the Quarterfinal stage.

As of our publication deadline, the results of the Quarterfinals leaderboard are unofficial.

Girls 16-17 Division: The women’s North American Quarterfinals leaderboard is the one that has been taken over by the teen division. Four teen athletes who competed at the Games are in the top 30 including two in the top 5. 

  • Mallory O’Brien: O’Brien finished third, just three points behind Amanda Barnhart for the North American Quarterfinals title. She joined Bethany Shadburne (11th in North America) as the only two athletes on the continent to record four top-20 finishes across the five tests. Her time of 14:49 in Test 2 was the third-fastest worldwide behind Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr and Feeroozeh Saghafi. Her worst finish was in Test 3 finishing 57th but rebounded with a 20th and 17th in Test 4 and 5 respectively.
  • Emma Cary: Cary followed her Open runner-up finish with a fourth place in North America, just six points behind O’Brien. The 16-year old from Missouri had two top-ten finishes in North America, taking fourth in Test 2 and sixth in Test 3. Cary answered those critical of her strength output in Test 4, putting up 257 lbs up in the four-rep front squat, placing 46th.
  • Emma Lawson: Lawson is the youngest athlete that has qualified for a Semifinal after finishing 24th in North America. She started the Quarterfinals with two-straight top-20 finishes including a 12th place finish in Test 1. Lawson put in the fifth-best score for a Canadian ahead of Games veterans Chloe Gauvin-David and Carol-Ann Reason-Thibault
  • Olivia Sulek: Sulek rounds out the teen division field in North America. She placed 30th thanks to four top-100 finishes. Her best finish was in Test 1, finishing in 7:24.

Boys 16-17 Division: Of the over 100 boys who qualified for the Quarterfinals, only a small number of them competed, electing to concentrate on the Age Group Online Qualifier. 

  • Omri Meler: The 17-year old from Israel was the closest teen to qualify for a semifinal spot finishing 81st in Asia, just 51 spots out of a qualifying spot. He recorded three top-100 finishes in his Quarterfinals including an eighth place in Test 2 finishing the grueling chipper in 18:10. After the Open
  • Nate Ackermann: The 17-year old was the top teen in the division in North America, placing a very respectable 265th in a field that featured over 7,000 athletes competing. His best finish was in Test 2 where he placed 54th in North America with a time of 17:26.

Age Group Alumni: The alumni of the teen division have made their mark on the Quarterfinal leaderboards no more than on the women’s side of the North American continent where the alums make up 10% of the field.

  • Paige Powers: A veteran of two Games in the teen division leads the contingent in 23rd place. The 18-year old Mayhem Athlete had four top-100 finishes highlighted by a 13th pace in Test 5.
  • Haley Adams: The poster-child of the success of the teen division was dominant to start the Quarterfinals, stringing out three-straight top-five finishes in North America including a win in Test 3 with a time of 9:26, which ranked sixth worldwide. The now 20-year old bounced back from a 515th placing in Test 4, placing 28th in the final test helping her to a 33rd place on the leaderboard.
  • Alexis Raptis: Placed 42nd on the North America leaderboard thanks to a fifth place finish in Test 1. The 22-year old added two more top-100 finishes to secure her Semifinal berth.
  • Ashleigh Wosny (78th place), Shelby Neal (81st), Lindsey Porter (83rd), Faith Ferguson (84th), Kaela Stephano (85th), Kelsey Schulte (111th), Marie-Pier Bonneau (115th) and Rebecca Fuselier (119th) round-out the teen division Games alumni who sit in Semifinal qualifying spots in North America.
  • Gabriela Migala: The Poland native is the only alum to earn a Semifinal qualifying spot from out of the Europe continent. The 22-year old finished second in her Quarterfinal, just eight points behind Laura Horvath. She was the only woman in Europe to record three top-five finishes.
  • Luiza Marques: The 19-year old from Brazil is the final alum to earn a Semifinal spot. She competed at the Games in the teen division from 2016-2018 dominating the teen division in Brazil for four years before graduating to individual competition. She sits in 14th place after the South America Quarterfinal. 
  • Dallin Pepper: One of four 19-year olds worldwide that sit in a Semifinal qualifying spot, he leads a group of six former teen Games athletes that finished in the top-120 in North America. His two top-15 finishes places him 34th currently. His time of 2:04 placed seventh in his Quarterfinal.
  • Cole Greashaber: The 21-year sits in 57th place in North America thanks to three top-100 finishes including a fourth place in Test 3 with a time of 7:53.
  • Angelo DiCicco: A name that popped out in the leaderboard was this CrossFit Mayhem protege. A two-time teen division Games champion, DiCicco announced his retirement from the sport in 2018 due to a degenerative back issue. The full-time firefighter looks to be back, competing in his first Open since 2018 and now a Semifinals qualifier after placing 91st in the North America Quarterfinals. 
  • Jack Farlow (95th) and Tudor Magda (118th) are also in Semifinal qualifying spots with James Sprague one spot out at 121st in North America.
  • Benjamin Gutierrez: The Chilean leads all the male alums in terms of placing in their respective Quarterfinals, finishing third in South America. The 20-year old did not have a finish outside the top-20 in any of his Quarterfinal tests.
  • Guilherme Malheiros: Just behind Gutierrez in the South America Quarterfinal was Malheiros. The 21-year old Brazilian won the final two tests including a four-rep front squat of 425 lbs in Test 4 which ranks 15th worldwide.
  • Europe Quarterfinals: Four teen alums are in qualifying spots for the Semifinals led by 21-year old Murtaza Nadeem (55th place) from the United Kingdom. Haraldur Holgersson (56th), Gabi Castro (58th) and Bryan Hernandez (60th) round-out the qualifiers.
  • Oceania Quarterfinals: Bayley Martin (24th) and Luke De Jonge (28th) competed against each other at the 2017 Games in the 16-17 division. Now they will share the competition floor once again as they each qualified for the Torain Pro Semifinal.
  • Yogev Meller: Meller is the only teen alum in Asia that will advance to the Semifinal stage after placing 22nd in his Quarterfinal. The 21-year old Israelite placed 10th in Test 2 in Asia with a time of 18:19.

Teen round-up: There are a number of teenagers that haven’t competed at the Games in the teen division that are moving onto the semifinals that are worth mentioning.

  • Women: Anikha Greer (18 years old/26th in North America), Freya Moosbrugger (19 years old/45th in North America), Maggie Pairan (19 years old/77th in North America), Alex Willis (19 years old/100th in North America), Reegan Finkel (18 years old/23rd in Africa), Anastasia Plekhanova (18 years old/6th in Asia), Gabriella Moratti (19 years old/5th in South America) and Bia Clemente (18 years old/12th in South America).
  • Men: Tomas Sarmiento (19 years old/28th in South America)

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