One of the most surprising results from last week’s competitions came from what is possibly the best women’s region in the world, Southern California. Everyone knows the vaunted “Valley Girls” of SoCal (or if you don’t – Lindsey Valenzuela, Rebecca Voigt, and Kristan Clever), and on top of them Val Voboril only (sarcasm) adds a 3rd and 5th place Games finish to the list. In 2012 alone ALL FOUR of them finished in the top ten at the Games, and I would argue they are the most consistently dominant group of athletes, from the same region, in the history of the sport. I knew we were sending three extremely competent athletes to do battle for the SoCal spots, but I didn’t expect much success considering who they were up against.
Danielle Hale and Carlie Stone were both competitors in the Outlaw Open, and have been following the site for the last year. Jamie Hagiya was introduced to the site by her coach a few months before the Open, and was at our Regionals prep camp the week before the event. The SoCal Outlaw girls didn’t take any spots at the Games last weekend, but they damn sure tried. All three of them finished within the top eight, with Jamie and Danielle—who went back and forth all weekend—taking 5th and 6th respectively, and Carlie just behind in 8th.
Jamie was the most consistent throughout the weekend, with only one finish coming lower than 7th (12th on the OHS). When I spoke to her on Saturday morning she said, “I can’t believe this is happening, I didn’t think I’d be this close.” After our conversation she went 5th, 6th and 4th on the next three workouts, to take over control of the 5th overall position. She stuck to the slow and steady game plan, and from what I’ve been told, when she overtook Voboril in the last five feet of the walking lunges on WOD #6, it was one of the most dramatic moments of the weekend.
Danielle started her ascent up the leaderboard with a win on WOD #3 (30 Burpee Muscle-Ups), and a 4th place finish on the brutal 100s workout. The 100s WOD was actually the trios best overall finish as a group, with 4th, 5th and 7th place finishes. Carlie was nothing but consistent, with five top ten finishes. She showed her endurance by making the final WOD the only one she beat both Jamie and Danielle on, and making it her best overall finish (6th) of the weekend.
Danielle and Carlie finished 10th and 12th in the region last year, while Jamie was busy trying to play in the WNBA. I can’t wait to see what these three do next year.
1) 5X2 Hi-Hang Cleans + 1 Jerk – heaviest possible, rest 60 sec.
2a) 5X2 3-Stop Clean Pulls – heaviest possible, rest 60 sec. DEMO VIDEO
2b) 5X3 Front Squats @ 80% – rest 60 sec.
*Notes: Straps should be used for 3-Stop Clean Pulls.
3 rounds of-
3 Rope Climbs 15′
100′ Walking Lunges 185/115#
3 rounds of-
3 Rope Climbs 15′
*Notes: This is one continuous piece with no break between the elements.
1a) 3X10 Weighted GH Raise – heavy, rest 45 sec.
1b) 3X10 Reverse Hypers – heavy, rest 45 sec.
Group #2 Work – 130522:
GROUP #3 Conditioning
3 rounds for time of:
30 HSPU (regionals standard)
10 Push Jerks 185/110# (use an axle if you have one)
GROUP #4 Conditioning
Box Jumps 30/24″