LCU ATHLETICS: Richard Bohlken finishes 16th at CrossFit Games - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

LCU ATHLETICS: Richard Bohlken finishes 16th at CrossFit Games

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CARSON, Calif. (July 28, 2014) – Richard Bohlken is the fittest man in Texas. The former Lubbock Christian University baseball player finished in 16th place at the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games, which wrapped up Sunday evening at StubHub Center.

Bohlken was the top Texas based competitor and his 16th place finish was the best ever finish at the CrossFit Games by a qualifier from the South Central Region. The Albuquerque, N.M. native was competing in his first CrossFit Games after a third place finish for the final spot at the South Central Regionals in San Antonio, Texas in May.

It was a slow start for Bohlken at the CrossFit Games, which began Thursday with a pair of events. The opening event, “The Beach,” consisted mostly of ocean swimming. Bohlken, whose water training took place at Lubbock’s Buffalo Springs Lake, struggled in the event and finished in 42nd place (out of 43 competitors). He bounced back after the opening day with five top-10 finishes over the final 11 events. His best finish was a fourth place finish in the “Sprint Carry” and in the “Double Grace,” which was the final event. Bohlken’s strong finish helped him lead a pack of five individuals separated by 16 points. He finished with 614 points, with 582 coming after the opening day’s two events. The top-20 finishers received prize money and Bohlken received $4,000 for his finish. Rich Froning produced first places finishes in the final three events to claim his fourth CrossFit Games title.

Bohlken graduated from LCU in 2012 after spending four seasons with the LCU baseball program. He was ineligible from competition his freshman season in 2009, because he spent the 2007 season playing minor league baseball in the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim’s system after being drafted out of La Cueva High School in the 32nd Round. From 2010-2012, Bohlken compiled 61 home runs and ranks second in LCU program history in the category. The second baseman and outfielder hit 26 home runs in 2010. He also ranks sixth all-time in triples (14), eighth in RBI (210) and ninth in doubles (55). Bohlken also claimed academic honors while competing with the Chaps.

Once graduating, Bohlken transitioned his workouts to crossfit and was working for MaxOut CrossFit, as MaxOut was conducting their programs at LCU’s Rip Griffin Center. He is currently a paramedic for Lubbock EMS.

The CrossFit Games began in 2007 and Forbes Magazine has labeled the Games as “one of the fastest sports in America.” The Games take the top three qualifiers from 17 global regions and the outcome of the 13 events determines who is the “Fittest on Earth.” The competitions aired on ESPN’s platform of networks.

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