David Jackson of Jersey City finished in third place out of twenty-two competitors in the Men’s Scaled division at the SuperFit Championship this past Saturday. The SuperFit Championships, a series of intense fitness competitions, culminated in its Championship at Jenkinson’s Inlet Beach in Point Pleasant on June 22nd.
Competing for a total prize purse of $7,000, ninety-one finalists from all over the tri-state area participated Saturday in workouts utilizing varying aspects of fitness such as pull-ups, kettlebell thrusters, and sandbag walking lunges. Craig Parcells of CrossFit Hoboken, Josh Mandel of CrossFit KOA, Greg Killian of CrossFit KillFit, Mickey Brueckner of CrossFit Annex, and Joe Subia, all helped design the qualifier and Championship workouts as well as administer the competitions.
From the New Jersey Army National Guard, Major David Hampton presented the first place winners with their medals and prizes. Sergeant Andrew Park presented to the Men’s Scaled and RX 2nd and 3rd place finishers and Staff Sergeant Mindy Yeon presented to the Women’s Scaled and RX 2nd and 3rd place finishers. Men’s and Women’s RX first place finishers collected $2,000 each while Men’s and Women’s Scaled first place finishers won $750 respectively.
In the Women’s Scaled Division, Tracey Magee of Kinnelon placed first, followed by Pamela Wilson of Westfield in second place, and Stella Ladao of Staten Island finished in third place. For the Women’s RX Division, Alex Okuniewicz of Toms River took first place, Michelle Wisla of Schwenksville (PA) placed second, and Courtney Maloney of Belmar finished third. In the Men’s Scaled Division, Stephen Moll of Union placed first, Earl Nelson of West Orange finished second, and David Jackson of Jersey City placed third. Lastly, for the Men’s RX Division, Casey Haines of Malvern (PA) finished first, Benjamin Isabella of Sayreville followed in a close second, and David Syvertsen of Hoboken placed third.
“The SuperFit Championships has been a phenomenal experience, because it was so well organized. SuperFit has become part of this community and they are so supportive of all the athletes,” Tracey Magee said. “And to support Sandy relief, it gave everyone a real sense of overcoming and that we can do this. We can push through no matter what…From beginning to the end, the qualifiers all the way through to the Championship, it has been a phenomenal experience.”
“At the end of the last workout I broke down a bit, because I realized that my God has brought me a mighty long way,” Earl Nelson said. “It is very humbling to be around this environment and these athletes, who are very welcoming. I am overjoyed and I am just very excited to be a part of this whole situation. It took a lot of mental endurance and grit today, but my team, family, and friends are really what helped me through this competition.”
In addition to the Men’s and Women’s RX and Scaled divisions, there was a wounded warrior division, comprised of Heather Cereste (Major US Air Force), Luis Tavarez (Specialist Army National Guard), Omar Rendon (Sergeant US Marine Corps), Jonathan Lang (Specialist US Army), José Estrada (Sergeant US Army), Javier Alvarado (Major Army National Guard), John Irwin (Sergeant US Army), and Bill Hannigan (Specialist US Army) in the competition. These veterans participated in a special Wounded Warrior Project workout.
“The Wounded Warrior WOD (workout of the day) was so emotional. You think of what we are struggling and pushing through in the WODs and nothing compares to the sacrifice that they have made,” Magee added.
The main charitable beneficiaries of the SuperFit Championships were the Jersey Coast Chapter of the Red Cross and the Wounded Warrior Project. Through spectator ticket sales and raffles, SuperFit was able to raise funds for these two prominent organizations.
“I love this community and how we all come together,” Courtney Maloney, third place finisher and Belmar resident, stated. “Then with Sandy, to just know that we are still here, still standing and we’re strong-I think it’s pretty awesome.”
The official sponsors for the SuperFit Championships included the New Jersey Army National Guard, Skechers, JAG Physical Therapy, Phase III Recovery, GNC, Nick’s Sticks, B12 Energy Gummies, Nirvana Natural Spring Water, and Nutcase Crunch. In addition, there were also representatives from Maximum Human Performance (MHP), Heavy Athletics Nutrition, Body Fortress, Powerful Yogurt, North Jersey Orthopedic Group, Jack-EE-Boyz Equipment, and Paleo Cuisine.
“Nine months ago, the Jersey Shore was devastated by Hurricane Sandy. What a better way to start the summer than uniting a community-minded group of inspiring athletes to compete at one of the premier Jersey Shore destinations. These athletes exemplified ‘Jersey Strong’ to a tee,” Armand Milanesi, founder of the SuperFit Championships, said.