The Southeast Regional was one of three events held on the last weekend of qualification, and the competition featured a host of big names. 2009 Games athletes Mike Giardina, Spencer Hendel, Steve Smith, Brandon Phillips, Sean Provost and Russell Berger were all on the roster, but they were pushed to the limit by the likes of Rich Froning Jr., Nathaniel Schrader and Ken Gall.
The regional featured five events:
WOD 1—Squat-clean ladder: one clean every 50 seconds, with a 1-lb. bonus awarded to the best lift for each bar jerked overhead (215-335 lb.).
WOD 2—12 minutes total, with 20 handstand push-up buy-in. Then AMRAP of 20 double-unders, 10 box jumps (24 inches) and 10 sandbag lunges (60 lb.).
WOD 3—4 rounds for time of 4 muscle-ups and 16 kettlebell snatches (8 per arm, 53 lb.).
WOD 4—2 rounds of row 500 meters and 25 burpees.
WOD 5—8 rounds of 2 squat snatches (145 lb.), 4 push presses or jerks (145 lb.), 6 chest-to-bar pull-ups and run 200 meters.
For complete results, click here.
In the end, Froning Jr. bested past Games athletes Phillips, Giardina and Hendel to go into the 2010 CrossFit Games as the top competitor from the Southeast.
Video by Again Faster.
Additional video: The Complete 2009 CrossFit Games, published December 2009-January 2010.