Meg Reardon, John-Paul Hethcock, and Invictus X Win Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge

More athletes have punched their tickets to the 2019 CrossFit Games.

Meg Reardon, John-Paul Hethcock, and Invictus X all earned big wins at the Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge in Washington, D.C and with that have all punched their tickets to the 2019 CrossFit Games in August.

Reardon, who qualified for the CrossFit Games in 2016 and placed 33rd overall, had her work cut out for her on Sunday at D.C. Armory. Dani Speegle was the heavy favorite going into the weekend, having already qualified for the 2019 CrossFit Games, and even chalked up five wins before the last event. On Sunday, though, it was Reardon’s show. Going into the final event Reardon trailed Speegle by six points, but found her way to the top in the ring muscle-ups and heavy squat snatches to take second in the last event.

Speegle had to take a breather several times on Sunday, which allowed Reardon to snatch the overall victory. Reardon finished with 794 points, Speegle took second with 790 points and Katie Trombetta finished in third with 739 points.

According to The Barbell Spin, Reardon may not accept her invite to the CrossFit Games and may be considering going team.

Women’s Final Standings Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge

1) Meg Reardon (794 pts)
2) Dani Speegle (790)
3) Katie Trombetta (739)

John-Paul Hethcock also made a powerful statement with his performance on Sunday afternoon.

Hethcock entered the final event without a single victory all weekend and wasn’t even supposed to be at the MAAC. Taylor Self withdrew from the MAAC due to injury, so Hethcock was granted an invite. Hethcock had a shot in the final event with his top-five results in the first nine scored events, but next to him was some of the best competition in the game – Samuel Kwant and Will Moorad. Hethcock went from not even supposed to be competing in D.C. to now earning a spot for the first time at the 2019 CrossFit Games. Kwant finished in second place with 676 points and Moorad clinched third place with 668 points.

Men’s Final Standings Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge

1) John-Paul Hethcock (693 pts)
2) Samuel Kwant (676)
3) Will Moorad (668)

The Invictus X Team, consisting of Sam Dancer, Holden Rethwill, Maddy Myers, and Chantelle Loehner beat out the MisFit team in five out of the eight events to win the 2019 Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge. On Sunday, Invictus X started the day on pace for the title with a first place finish in Lazer Tag. They went on to finish in third place on Bridge 4, which was enough to clinch the overall win. Invictus X finished second at the Games in 2018 and now is set to compete at the 2019 CrossFit Games.

Group Final Standings Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge

1) CrossFit Invictus ⁣
2) MisFit ⁣
3) CrossFit Balance ⁣

Make sure to keep track in the upcoming months of 2019 CrossFit Games qualification because there have been some major changes to the 2019 CrossFit Games Rulebook.

Featured image from @megg_a_tron and @crossfitinvictus Instagram pages.

Celia Balf

Celia Balf

Celia is a Staff News Writer at BarBend. At the BarBend office, you can find Celia writing news stories covering the largest strength sport competitions in the world, in-depth features with world record-holders, big lifts, and everything in-between. Celia also orchestrates and helps create content for the BarBend social media pages.

She is a former Division 1 soccer player turned content producer and sports journalist. Her passion for storytelling came after she suffered multiple ACL injuries that kept her off the soccer pitch in college and long after. She used her time away from the game to explore content creation around sports, health, and fitness.

As an athlete her whole life, Celia enjoys the competitive thrill of journalism. She is not only passionate about breaking news, but also understands how to tell a complete story on all digital platforms.

Celia has over five years of journalism experience, appearing in Yahoo! Sports, Men’s Health,, FanSided, the Times Union,, and Excelle Sports. After graduating college in 2016, Celia moved to NYC to work as an Associate Editor for a women’s digital sports magazine, Excelle Sports. At Excelle she had her first experience covering strength sports during the Rio Olympic Games.

After Excelle Sports she gained experience as a social media editor at Major League Soccer and content production for the National Women’s Soccer League.

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