Chelsey Hughes Joins Four Games Veterans for Bid to CrossFit Games

Chelsey Hughes after finishing Event 6 of the CrossFit East Regional.
Chelsey Hughes after finishing Event 6.

The top of the East Regional leaderboard was dominated by four CrossFit Games veterans, Carol-Ann Reason-Thibault, Katrin Davidsdottir, Kari Pearce and Dani Horan. But the fifth and final qualifying spot for the CrossFit Games was up for grabs to one of several newcomers on Sunday.

Entering the day, Chelsey Hughes held onto 5th place with a comfortable, not guaranteed, 37 points lead over Tori Dyson in 6th place. Hughes would come out strong on the 21-15-9 couplet of ring muscle-ups and dumbbell overhead squats to finish 7th, two spots ahead of Dyson.

Hughes would struggle a bit on the sandbag cleans on the final event taking 24th, but she had enough points in the bank to hold off Kristine Best. Hughes competed on Brick CrossFit’s Games team in 2013 and 2014 before attempting to go individual the past two years. Hughes finished 11th in 2015 and 8th last year.

This year, Hughes moved up another three spots and is now headed to Madison, Wisconsin, to compete at the 2017 CrossFit Games.

Final Standings:

  1. Carol-Ann Reason-Thibault (565)
  2. Katrin Davidsdottir (552)
  3. Kari Pearce (536)
  4. Dani Horan (466)
  5. Chelsey Hughes (401)
  6. Kristine Best (379)
  7. Kelly Baker (365)