Tim Paulson, Marquan Jones Break into Top 5 in the East

Tim Paulson after winning Event 2.
Tim Paulson after winning Event 2.

In a Regional where the headlines are about injuries (here, here, here and here), Tim Paulson and Marquan Jones are making the good kind of headlines. In a Regional stacked full of CrossFit Games veterans, including the 2016 Fittest Man on Earth and the Third Fittest Man on Earth, Paulson and Jones are competing right alongside of them.

The pair are both inside the top 5 after two days of competition. Paulson, who won Event 2, sits in 3rd overall. Jones, with only one top 5 finish, is in 5th place.

While Mat Fraser and Patrick Vellner are number one and number two as expected, the rest of the East Regional has been up for grabs. Entering Sunday, 11 athletes are within 33 points of 5th place. While the top 3 look very secure in their spot to advance to the CrossFit Games. Cody Mooney, 4th overall, has a comfortable margin ahead of Jones in 5th, but after that a bunch of athletes will be gunning for that final qualifying spot.

The Men’s heats begin at 12:00pm Eastern Sunday.

Standings after Day 2:

  1. Mat Fraser (385)
  2. Patrick Vellner (365)
  3. Tim Paulson (350)
  4. Cody Mooney (311)
  5. Marquan Jones (269)
  6. Daniel Viger (268)
  7. Michael Palomba (268)
  8. Austin Spencer (257)