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Three Rutgers University Alumni Competed at the Crossfit Games Regionals

Nicole Bosco

The Crossfit Games is a test to find the "Fittest on Earth".  Athletes compete to find who can excel at numerous tests of physical fitness, in hopes of making it to the Crossfit Games in July .  The the top 40 men, 40 women, and 40 teams from 8 different regions of the world all compete for five spots to the Games.  Rutgers University saw three of their former student-athletes battling it out for a qualifying spot.

The Crossfit Games, which will take place in Carson, California on July 19-24, 2016 is the ultimate test of fitness. The Games will take place at the StubHub Center for the 6th time. Athletes will be tested through different forms of "Functional Fitness" including, but not limited to running, swimming, Olympic lifting, body weight movements, and much more. In order to qualify for a spot to The Crossfit Games, athletes must first qualify to compete in the Regionals.  The top 40 athletes in there respective Region compete for 5 spots to the games.

At the Atlantic Regional held on May 20-22 in Atlanta, GA, former Rutgers soccer player Adam Klink competed. Klink competed as a individual looking to place top five and secure a spot to Carson.  Klink was the Scarlet Knights Goalkeeper from 2009-11, during this time he held the record for team best 57 saves.  After having to miss his senior season due to an injury, Klink started Crossfit .  Klink is now a head coach at Crossfit Krypton in Chesapeake, VA. Crossfit Krypton is owned by the reigning "Fittest Man on Earth" Ben Smith.  Klink finished 28th overall, with his best finish being on Event 5 which he finished in 6th.

This past weekend the East Regional was held in Albany, NY.  Former Scarlet Knight Emmy Simpkins was competeing in the women's individual competetion.  Simpkins was the Rutgers Goalkeeper from 2009-12.  She is 5th on the Rutgers all time shutout list with 16.  She was the starter in 2012 when Rutgers qualifed for the NCAA tournamnet.  During her time at RU Simpkins found Crossfit, she later opened her own box called Crossfit Speakeasy.  While Simpkins was on the competition floor, there was a loud cheering section of her Speakeasy family rooting her on.  Although Simpkins was unable to place in one of the qualifying spots, she performed very well, placing 16th overall and winning her heat in the final event.

The third Rutgers Alumni who put his fitness to the test at Regionals is Jack Corcoran. Corcoran competes on a team called Crossfit Parallex, which is located in Clermont, NJ. Corcoran played for the Rutgers football team from 2006-09, in which he started 20 games.  Following College he was signed by the Houston Texans as a free agent, and eventually went on to play for the San Francisco 49ers.  Following his NFL career, Corcoran found Crossfit and started competing.  Crossfit Parallax finished their weekend in 2nd place and earned a spot to the Games in July.