Posted on July 13, 2016
Greensboro, NC- July, 2016 – “To have 3 athletes qualify for the 2016 CrossFit Games from College Hill CrossFit, for me, is a tremendous honor. The highest compliment that can be paid to a box owner, such as myself, is to think that I might have had something to do with it. I believe that my role has been simply in creating a fertile, supportive, and challenging environment for these athletes to be able to focus, train, and grow towards their potentials. That they proudly sport CHC orange is a gracious ‘thank you’ in return – one that humbles me.”
At the end of the 2016 CrossFit Open season, the little gym that is just four years old has placed 3 of its top female individual athletes into the pinnacle of CrossFit competitions – the 2016 CrossFit Games – held in Carson, CA in July of 2016.
More than 300,000 athletes who competed in the 2016 Open, the international qualifying series of workouts intended to sort the best performers. Of those 300,000 athletes, College Hill CrossFit had three female athletes who finished with high enough ranks to clinch qualifying spots.
Haley Adams, a 15 year old former gymnast and rising junior at Central Davidson High School in Lexington, NC completed the Open season, never finishing an event lower than 7th with the ranking of #1 in the world. She will complete against other young women in the Girls 14-15 year old division
Allison Weiss, a 16 year old former gymnast, rising senior at the Middle College at Greensboro College in Greensboro, NC, is a Games veteran. After competing for College Hill CrossFit last year in her Games debut and earning a #3 place finish in the world in the 14-15 year old division, returns to the Games again this year. She enters this year’s Girls 16-17 year old division ranked #7 in the world.
At the heart of this team of powerful female athletes is 3 times Games veteran and College Hill CrossFit co-owner, Tracy Shuford. Tracy, a three sport Elon University alumna, competed in the Games as a Team member for another gym in 2012 and returned to the Games TWICE as an individual Masters athlete in 2013 and 2014. Tracy returns to the Games again for her fourth trip this year, having completed the Open Women’s Masters 45-49 division ranked #6 in the world.
To compete in the Open, anyone doing CrossFit who is at least 14 years old may sign up, complete the required workouts, and submit their scores each week in late winter for five weeks. To qualify for the Games, the athletes must place as one of the top 20 Teens in the world, one of the top 40 Individual (aged 18-39) men or women, or one of the top 20 Masters in each of 10 age divisions above 40 years of age.
Of more than 300,000 athletes competing internationally in the Open for a spot at the 2016 CrossFit Games, College Hill CrossFit has placed 3 athletes. The odds of that are not easily calculated both because of the different divisions in which these athletes competed as well as the immeasurable variables inherent in these Games qualifiers. To be sure, there is a rare combination of innate athleticism; carefully cultivated athletic practice; rigorous, dedicated CrossFit training; and sheer determined grit that fuse together to produce such talented athletes, and at College Hill CrossFit, there is also a “can do” attitude that feeds a growth mindset.
College Hill CrossFit, a local CrossFit “box” that prides itself on customer service, excellent coaching, progressive community building, and pushing the limits of individual fitness will, as a unit, pause (likely between workout classes) this July to gather around the big monitors in the front office to watch, cheer for, and urge onwards their very own Haley, Allison, and Tracy as they stand before the eyes of the world to deliver the very best of their efforts during the 2016 CrossFit Games!