Each year, young climbers put their skills to the test in USA Climbing competitions, pushing their limits to go from regionals, to divisionals, to the nationals, where the very best climbers are recognized for their work.
Planet Granite is proud to say that between Portland and the Bay Area,16 climbers from our youth Team are qualified for the national competition this year in Madison, Wisconsin on Feb. 5-7!
Among them are Portland Team’s Caden Reedy, who took third place in the Male Youth D category at divisionals last weekend. He’s pictured above—you can see he feels a little bit happy about his performance! Also representing Portland at Nationals: Serena Ketcham, who came in sixth for the Female Youth C category. For the rest of the Portland team’s divisionals results, see the bottom of this post.
Attention Portlanders: Team is full of up-and-coming youth climbers, and we’re on the lookout for even more: Portland Intermediate Team Tryouts will take place February 12th, from 4:30-7pm. A parent-coach meeting will kick things off at 4:30. If you have more questions, contact Head Coach Brian Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bay Area Team
Bay Area’s Team had an incredibly strong performance at Divisionals in Reno last weekend, and collectively won the meet, for the second time in three years, according to head coach Isaac Williams. Fourteen members individually qualified for Nationals! That honor roll can be found just under the gallery below.
“Last year I didn’t compete because of a growth plate injury,” said Ross Fulkerson, who won first place in divisionals for the Male Youth B category. “I’ve trained really hard and I’m psyched to come back and climb hard.”
Ross’s goal—and that of many team members—win nationals and get into the top 4 in the nation, who will go this summer to compete in youth worlds in China.
Bay Area Nationals Qualifiers
Garrett Conover, 3rd, Male Junior
Timothy Kang, 2nd, Male Youth A
Jacob Scharfman, 6th, Male Youth A
Madison Cline, 2nd, Female Youth A
Kara Herson, 1st, Female Youth A
Kathryn Garcia, 6th, Female Youth A
Ross Fulkerson, 1st, Male Youth B
Sam McQueen, 2nd, Male Youth B
Anthony Lesik, 1st, Male Youth C
Connor Herson, 2nd, Male Youth C
Phoebe Wong, 5th, Female Youth C
Calvin Cha, 1st, Male Youth D
Theresa Vtlavsky, 6th, Female Youth D
Daniel Seo, 4th, Male Youth C
Full Portland Divisional Results
Divisionals Results: Team took 5th overall
Ava Kovtunovich 8th Female Youth D
Serena Ketcham 6th Female Youth C
Nina Schroeder 11th Female Youth C
Ruby Kofron 15th Female Youth D
Amelia Bouck 10th Female Youth D
Caden Reedy 3rd Male Youth D
Aiden Bernard 10th Male Youth C
Octavia Wilcoxon 9th Female Youth B
Esme Johnson 13th Female Junior
Below are some more Portland photos from Regionals: