Teen Division Success Continues After 2022 Open
Last year the teenage division had unprecedented success in the Open as athletes and division alumni led by Mallory O’Brien and Emma Cary not only showed the future of the sport is bright but the future is here and ready to compete now. The 16-17 year old division for the boys and girls didn’t dominate the top of the leaderboard this year but the athletes still made their presence known and with several moving onto the next stage of the NOBULL CrossFit Games season, the Quarterfinals.
Note: The Open leaderboard was still being finalized at the time of writing of this article.
Girls 16-17 Division: Last year the division had three girls in the top-15 and five in the top-100, this year the division boasts just two in the top-100 which is still an impressive feat nevertheless.
- Emma Lawson: The 17-year old Canadian won her second teen Open title, adding to the one she had in the 14-15 division in 2020. She placed 102nd in the Open overall after placing 15th last year. All indications point to her competing as an individual and not defending her 16-17 year old Games title this season.
- Olivia Kerstetter: Despite Lawson winning the Open in the division, it was Kerstetter who had the higher placing in the Open, finishing 69th overall, the highest of any girl in the division. The 16-year old is a favorite to contend for the division’s Games title after dominating the 14-15 year old division the last two year culminating with a Games title last year. The highlight for the Jacob Heppner protege was her 38th finish in 22.2, finishing the deadlift, burpee over the bar couplet in 8:34.
- Trista Smith: After placing fourth at the Games last season, Smith also moved up to a new age group division. The top 14-15 year old in the Open last year, placed 86th in the Open and third in her new age division this year. She trains out of CrossFit Fort Vancouver, the same gym as reigning “Fittest Man on Earth” Justin Medeiros.
- Based on current numbers, unofficially, 149 teen girls will move on to their respective Quarterfinals. Last year 113 teen girls qualified for the next stage of the Games season
- For North America, 83 girls are within the 10 percent threshold to qualify for the Quarterfinals
- Europe will have 37 teen girls and Oceania will qualify 16 for the Quarterfinals
- South America will have six girls eligible to compete in the Quarterfinals
- Asia will have three and Africa has four teen girls eligible for the Quarterfinals
Boys 16-17 Division: Only one athlete in the division finished the Open ranked in the top-1000.
- Elijah Subiono: Last year the highest ranked teen in the division placed 895th place
- That year the 17-year old Subiono placed 379th overall, after he finished 2,651 last year
- Not surprising, Subiono won the Open title for his division, placing in the top-2 in every event including a win in 22.2. In his Games debut last year he placed sixth
- The teen boys will unofficially have 98 boys that fall within the men’s Quarterfinals threshold right now
- Forty seven teens from North America and 28 from Europe lead the pack for teens in Quarterfinal positions
- Teens from Oceania (8), South America (10), Asia (3) and Africa (2) round out the Quarterfinal eligible numbers in the division