Margo Hayes, Sean Bailey Win USA Sport Open National Championships

Results from the 2016 USA Climbing Sport and Speed Open National Championships.

By Rock and Ice | March 21st, 2016

Margo Hayes and Sean Bailey were crowned the 2016 sport climbing national champions this weekend at Central Rock in Boston, Massachusetts. The USA Climbing Sport and Speed Open National Championships took place March 18 and 19.

Hayes, 17, tied with Claire Buhreind for first place in the qualifying round—they were the only two women out of a field of 25 to top out both routes—and in semi-finals, Hayes took third, behind Michaela Kiersch in second and Delaney Miller, last year’s national champion, in first.

In finals, the pinnacle event of the national sport climbing competition season, Hayes secured the title of national champion over runner-up Grace McKeenhan and Kiersch, who took third. Twenty-five 

On the men’s side, 51 climbers competed in the sport climbing competition.  Bailey swept the field, winning qualifiers, semi-finals and finals, besting last year’s champion Kai Lightner, who took second place overall. Ben Isaac Tresco, in third, rounded out the podium.


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In the speed climbing competiton, Libor Horza, a Czech climber and holder of the speed climbing “world record,” claimed victory with a finals time of 4.01 seconds. As a foreigner, however, he’s not eligible to win the National Championship.

John Brosler, in second place overall with a finals time of 4.29 seconds, was crowned National Champion for speed climbing, followed by Max Hammer in second (third overall) with a time of 4.77 seconds and Thomas Pitzel in third (fourth overall) with a time of 5.40 seconds.

Claire Buhrfeind took first for women in the speed comp with a finals time of 5.64 seconds, followed closely by Sidney Trinidad in second with 5.96 seconds and Erica Meister in third with 6.36 seconds.





Sport Climbing (Top 5):

Men                                                            Women

1. Sean Bailey                                             1. Margo Hayes

2. Kai Lightner                                             2. Grace Mckeenhan

3. Ben Isaac Tresco                                     3. Michaela Kiersch

4. Elan Jonas Mcrae (Foreign National)      4. Claire Buhrfeind

5. Rudolph Ruana                                        5. Kyra Condie

6. Carlo Traversi




Speed Climbing (Top 5):

Men                                                           Women

1. Libor Hroza (Foreign National)              1. Claire Buhrfeind

2. John Brosler                                           2. Sidney Trinidad

3. Max Hammer                                          3. Erica Meister

4. Thomas Pitzel                                         4. Grace McKeenhan

5. Gentry Cole                                            5. Bimini Horstmann

6. Michael Retoff




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