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Day Two at the Torian Pro Proves the Oceania’s Men are Fast and Strong; Crouch Heads Into Final Day in the Lead

May 27, 2023 by
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After hitting 3 events back-to-back-to-back, the boys of Torian Pro officially have Day 2 in the books. 

Made up of events testing strength, endurance, power, and speed, the second day highlighted that CrossFit is a sport where specialists may earn applause, but consistency is king.  

The quick and dirty: Jay Crouch rocked pink along with the rest of the Torian Pro athletes during Day 2, but he is rocking red going into Day 3. 

After a series of consistent finishes between 2nd and 4th place—and an 8th place finish on the max snatch during test 4—Couch is at the top of the leaderboard with 440 points. 

Just one point apart, sitting in second and third is Bayley Martin and Jake Douglas have 375 and 374 points, respectively. The two muscle mongers have very similar strengths and weaknesses. Both Martin and Douglas had finished outside of the top 10 during Test 1 and Test 5, but dominated during the three other tests of the weekend. 

Consistency is key: Crouch may be an impressive 66 and 69 points ahead of the second and third place athletes Martin and Douglas, but he hasn’t won an event (yet) this weekend. 

Martin, on the other hand, logged the top burpee box jump score on Test 2. And proving his strength dominance, Douglas came in first during Linda as well as the max snatch. 

First to sixth: Zac Thomas, who was seated 1st after the Tests 1 and 2, dropped five slots to 6th during Day 2. With a 21st place on Linda and 16th on the max snatch, Thomas’ weakness is his strength. With both handstand skill and toe-to-bar volume making an appearance on Day 3, it’s too soon to rule the gymnasty Thomas out of a qualifying Games position. 

Overall Standings After Day 2: 

  1. Jay Crouch: 444 points
  2. Bayley Martin: 378 points
  3. Jake Douglas: 375 points
  4. William Kearney: 357 points
  5. Reilly Smith: 333 points
  6. Zac Thomas: 317 points
  7. Peter Ellis: 304 points
  8. Darcy Hancock: 299 points
  9. Mitchell Case: 288 points
  10. Isaac Newman: 282 points 

Test 3

Quick singles on the cleans, intentional, grip-saving breaks on the deadlifts, and self (er, chest) awareness proved key for Linda. 

Throughout Test 3, 1st place finisher Jake Douglas was consistent. He repped out cleans at a metronomic measure and blasted through the bench, never letting his pecs hit failure. 

Couch finished second in the event with a time of 13:47. 

Rookie of the day: First-time Semifinal athlete, Andrew Sambell, is currently seated 16th overall. 126 points outside of a qualifying slot, he’s not a contender for The Games. But his prowess during Linda deserves praise. 

With a time of 13:50.11, Sambell came in third in the event overall and first in his heats. His secret? No failed bench reps. 

Test 3 Standings:

  1. Jake Douglas: 13: 22.06
  2. Jay Crouch: 13:47.89
  3. Andrew Sambell: 13:50.11
  4. William Kearney: 14:12.44
  5. Bayley Martin: 14:31.01
  6. Mitchell Case: 15:41.05
  7. Rees Machell: 15:42.69
  8. Zane Shellabear-Healey: 15:51.08
  9. Reilly Smith: 16:25.00
  10. Jack Clark: 16:33.73

Test 4

‘Big boys lift weight’ is a fave rallying cry in CrossFit boxes across the world, and the troops at Torian Pro proved its accuracy. 

During Test 4, Jake Douglas beat Jayson Hopper’s record for the test when he threw 310-pounds overhead. Stability King should be his nickname with how easy he moved that monster weight. 

Meanwhile, Darcy Hancock tied the HWPO athlete’s record when he squatted 305-pounds. 

Notably, there’s a 20-pound difference between the 2nd and 3rd place finisher on this test. 

The third place finisher Bayley Martin’s 285-pound score would have put him outside of the top 10 had he been competing at North America East. 

Test 4 Standings:

  1. Jake Douglas: 310 pounds
  2. Darcy Hancock: 305 pounds
  3. Bayley Martin: 285 pounds
  4. Johan Roberts: 285 pounds
  5. Riley Martin: 280 pounds
  6. Isaac Newman: 275 pounds
  7. Reilly Smith: 275 pounds
  8. Jack Clark: 275 pounds
  9. Hiko O Te Rangi Curtis: 275 pounds
  10. Jayden Azzopardi: 275 pounds

Test 5

During Test 5, as the Oceania athletes vroomed, the crowd wooed. 

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers in the test, Isaac Newman, James Newbury, and Jay Crouch all finished with one second of one another. 

Newbury’s finish at 3:06.19, however, was particularly impressive given that he completed an extra snatch at #185 prior to getting on the runner.

Test 4 Standings:

  1. Isaac Newman: 3:05.53
  2. James Newbury: 3:06.19
  3. Jay Crouch: 3:06.38
  4. Rob Watt: 3:09.35
  5. William Kearny: 3:11.02
  6. Peter Ellis: 3:11.54
  7. Bailey O’Brien: 3:13.62
  8. Matt Gilpin 3:13.93
  9. Darcy Hancock: 3:15.11
  10. Zac Thomas: 3:15.39

Coming up: With the strength-dominant events complete, finishing the weekend strong has a new meaning. During Day 3 the athletes from Down Under won’t be snatching, but spinning and sprinting.

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