SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --
Fifteen of Schriever's fittest athletes took part in a tryout session last week competing for the honor of representing Schriever Air Force Base at the CrossFit Games 16.4 Open Announcement.
Mark Skinner and Greg Overton from the 2nd Space Operations Squadron and Jessica Trundy from the 4th Space Operations Squadron turned in the top three times at the tryouts and earned the opportunity to compete alongside two of the best CrossFit athletes in the world at the Open Announcement.
The Open Announcement will be held at the indoor running track here. Registration to attend the event in person is now closed; however, those wishing to cheer on the Team Schriever representatives can watch the livestream of the event at http://games.crossfit.com
"My husband is currently overseas and plans to be able to stream this event, which is really exciting," Trundy said.
The Open Announcement will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 17.
"I'm so excited to represent Schriever, and the Air Force as a whole, in this Open Announcement," Skinner said. "It's a great opportunity, not only for me personally, but for the Air Force to showcase some of our fitness abilities."
The competitors had to complete a rigorous 12-exercise workout in the shortest time to earn a spot in the Open Announcement. The workout included box jumps, handstand pushups, rowing, running, pull-ups, dead lifts, jump rope and more.
Trundy finished with the top overall time, completing the workout in 9:15 and earning an enthusiastic reaction from the more than 30 spectators in attendance as well.
"I am so excited and proud to be able to represent Schriever in an event this big," Trundy said.
Overton had the top male time with 9:39, edging out Skinner who finished in 9:53. The three competitors were the only ones able to complete the workout in less than 10 minutes.
"I've always been into fitness and functional fitness is something that got me into a place where I could have fun with it," Skinner said.
In addition to the competitors, three "celebrity judges" will also be participating in the event. The three judges were the other half of the tryouts top six competitors.
Ana Shockey (10:47), 50th Force Support Squadron, Pete Forde (11:04), 50th Mission Support Group, and Austin Duran (11:09), 4 SOPS, will be watching the competitors closely during the Open Announcement to ensure all exercises are completed correctly.