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Ty Jenkins Proves He is Fit Beyond His Years in His Final Teen Division Year

August 3, 2023 by
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In his first year in the 16-17 division at the CrossFit Games, Ty Jenkins took home first place while also managing to be a three-sport athlete for his high school. This year, Jenkins has returned to prove that he is not only the most dominant athlete in the 16-17 division, but also that he’s ready to step into the next level of competition.

One big thing: This year, Jenkins has absolutely dominated the 16-17 division, winning the first four workouts of the competition, placing top five in the next two and winning the seventh. With just one workout remaining, Jenkins currently leads his closest competitor by 160 points.

Beyond his division: While Jenkins has proved his abilities against those his own age, what’s even more impressive has been his ability to compete with the athletes outside of his division.

  • During the Olympic Total event, Jenkins lifted a total of 580 pounds, enough to earn him a 7th-place finish in the men’s 35-39 division, coming in just ten pounds less than multi-year Games veteran Scott Panchik.
  • During the event, Jenkins snatched 265 pounds and clean and jerked 315 pounds.
  • Jenkins would then go on to finish the classic CrossFit benchmark workout Helen in just over 7 minutes and 18.13 seconds. Just under two seconds behind 35-39’s winner, Gintas Petrikas and ahead of Games Veteran and current 35-39 leader Sam Dancer.
  • While he finished 5th in the Cross Country 5k event, Jenkins would still finish 23rd overall across the entire field of masters and teens, men and women combined.

In an interview with Morning Chalk Up last year, Jenkins said that he hopes to qualify in the individual division someday for the CrossFit Games.

  • This year’s performance is starting to prove that that might be a strong possibility for him in the next few years.

But beyond Crossfit, Jenkins is also focused on his high school athletics, stating in an interview last year that he hopes to be able to swim or play baseball at Tenessee Tech. this year, he continued to push his sports outside of CrossFit, including playing baseball during the start of the CrossFit season.

  • In an Instagram post earlier this year, Jenkins said, “Baseball, swim, and CrossFit. It can be a lot at times, but the crazy schedule doesn’t outweigh the joy of competing. Loving what I do and blessed to do it,”

As he heads into the final event, Jenkins has first place locked. While it will be his last year in the teen division, Jenkins’s career is just getting started.

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