By JAMES BURNS
Sierra High’s Jordan Fontanilla and Natalie Griffin have world-class strength and stamina for athletes their age.
That much was proven at the recent CrossFit Kids Teen Gauntlet in Sacramento, one of 13 host cities around the world united in competition.
Other sites included cities in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Fontanilla and Griffin represented the CrossFit program at Sierra High and shined in the six-event competition. They each finished second in their varsity division in Sacramento and placed in the top 25 worldwide.
The two were the only students from the greater Manteca Unified School District at the event, said Sierra High teacher and CrossFit trainer Richard Boyd.
Fontanilla finished in the top 20 in four of his six events, good enough for 15th place overall in the men’s varsity division.
He enjoyed a few celebrated moments in a Kids Teen Gauntlet won easily by Jennings Burchfield of CrossFit Cabarrus. Burchfeld was competing at the CrossFit box in Rock Hill, South Carolina, and had a cumulative score of 30 points.
Fontanilla, who finished with 137 points, tied for second in WOD No. 4, which measured the distance an athlete could walk on his hands in a minute.
Athletes were awarded a point every 6 feet. Fontanilla totaled 17 points, easily his highest finish of the competition
He was also eighth in WOD No. 6, which measured the number of successful reps in an ascending rep scheme of hang power snatches and burpees. Fontanilla racked up 98 reps.
Griffin had four consecutive top-25 finishes, rounding out the competition with 129 points. She finished tied for 25th.
Top honors once again went to Rock Hill, South Carolina, site, where Hannah Stokes of CrossFit Weddington (22) edged Maddy Myers of CrossFit Flagstaff (Arizona).
Griffin’s best performance came in WOD No. 5, a handstand walk following by a series of shuttle runs. Griffin completed the exercise in 11.68 seconds, earning her a 10th.
She was also 17th in WOD No. 3 with 183 points. The workout asked athletes to complete a 1000-meter row, 50 thrusters and AMRAMP muscle-ups, followed by a 1-minute max ball toss.
Griffin accumulated 183 points.