The Rogue Invitational’s Online Qualifier, The “Q”, is officially closed. Score submissions for the four workouts (five scores) were due last night at 8pm Eastern Time. And with that, the leaderboard now shows the top 5 men and women who are in position to earn a qualifying spot to the Rogue Invitational in two months.
But let’s take a look at the how the standings are as of this morning and who stands a good chance at qualifying…
The top 10 is filled with Games veterans and up-and-coming athletes like William Leahy IV and Aniol Ekai. While Victor Hoffer has the top spot, the biggest story in the top 5 is Ricky Garard. Just four months following shoulder surgery, Ricky did The Q and managed a top 3 performance (pending video review).
Travis Mayer, also coming off an injury this season, sits in 4th place overall.
What you won’t see in the top 5 are any 2023 CrossFit Games athletes. Actually, the top 9 did not qualify for the Games this year, whether due to injury or just not qualifying through Semifinals. Jayson Hopper, 10th currently, is the highest ranked Games athletes this year.
On the women’s side, Dani Speegle currently stands atop the leaderboard with 486 out of 500 total points. She is joined by CrossFit Games veterans Sydney Michalyshen and Elena Carratala Sanahuja. All three failed to qualify for the Games this season.
Manon Angonese is the only athlete who competed at the 2023 CrossFit Games to sit inside the top 5 at the close of The Q. Angonese is looking to return to the Rogue Invitational after qualifying for it last year.
Big Names on the Outside Looking In
The Rogue Invitational is the most exclusive competition of the season and that means that some really big names (and fan favorites) will not qualify. As mentioned above, Jayson Hopper sits in 10th. James Sprague, Colten Mertens, Alex Vigneault, Alex Caron, Uldis Upenieks, Royce Dunne and Nick Mathew are some Games veterans to (likely) not qualify this season.
For the women, Christine Kolenbrander sits one place out right now in 6th. Sara Sigmundsdottir, Lauren Fisher, Victoria Campos, Carolyne Prevost and Seher Kaya are all on the outside looking in currently.
But, if last year is any indication, don’t be surprised to see a lot of movement in the standings over the next few days or weeks. The video review process is underway and no reps, not following the workout descriptions or not weighing everything can drop someone from the leaderboard.