Lopes’ Jalen Smith finishes in top 1,000 on Worldwide Leaderboard
By: Taylor Browne/GCU Staff
It’s a worldwide competition only for the fittest.
The Grand Canyon University Co-Ed Crossfit Club participated in the five-week-long 2019 Crossfit Open throughout that time, the Open is comprised of five workouts over five weeks. Throughout the five weeks, the Open looks for the fittest athletes in each region to move on to regionals.
Out of the 43 rostered members in the program, GCU carried fifteen athletes in a sea of 300,000 athletes worldwide. Each week included workouts such as AMRAP (As Many Reps As Possible) workouts to repetition workouts with the “wall ball” by throwing a medicine ball at a specific target. Jalen Smith rose to the top of the Lopes’ roster, placing 1,471th overall out of the 100,000 male athletes participating worldwide. Smith placed in the top 1,000h worldwide in his performance in week two in the tournament.
“All of my athletes performed very well,” said Lopes CrossFit Head Coach Grant Senechal. “It was awesome to see them give each of the Open workouts their all, and to see how far they have come in terms of skill and strength over the course of the academic year.”
The progress that athletes like Smith made throughout the year validated the game plan that the Lopes’ coaches put forth for the various athletes, most of whom began their CrossFit training back in late August.
“I am proud that my athletes benefitted from the program,” said Senechal. “If one person was able to benefit from the program, then that makes me happy. We were able to provide a scholarship and add even a new coach to the program.”
Growing in size, the GCU CrossFit Club looks to expand next year on the growing team of 40-plus Lopes.