Woods, Puccio Take Gold at ABS Nationals
Almost 100 competitors lined up Friday to tackle the qualifying problems, after which 23 men and 23 women advanced to semi-finals on Saturday afternoon. Finals started in the evening on Saturday, with the typical stacked line-up. The problems seemed to be on the reachy side for both men and women, as height was clearly an advantage on several climbs.
Puccio was the only woman to top all four problems, with two flashes on #3 and #4. Angie Payne, Shauna Coxsey, and Lizzy Asher topped three of the four. The men's routes proved more challenging for the competitorsóDaniel Woods and Ethan Pringle each topped just two problems, with everyone else finishing only one problem.
The crowd went wild when Michael Bautista hucked to and held the finishing hold on men's #4óthe only man to top the problemóbut in the excitement, Bautista forgot to match hands at the top, disqualifying the finish.
Puccio has won every ABS Nationals comp since 2006 with the exception of 2009, when Alex Johnson won. Woods has won five of the last seven Nationals.
2011: Sean McColl, Alex Puccio
2010: Daniel Woods, Alex Puccio
2009: Daniel Woods, Alex Johnson
2008: Paul Robinson, Alex Puccio
2007: Daniel Woods, Alex Puccio
2006: Daniel Woods, Alex Puccio
Women's final results:
Men's final results:
Click here for the full results.
3 Comments Add a Comment
This was truly a great comp, well run, and in a beautiful venue. Props to the climbers, routesetters, judges, and all the volunteers!
Video of the Womens Finals is available at: http://vimeo.com/37636239
Video of the Men's Finals now available at: http://vimeo.com/37739508
So where are you in the men's finals?
Just post a little snip edghey (LOL)
Oh and where is that Drivel?
Didn't she/he place into the top 4?