The annual Cowtown’s Strongest Man/Woman also known as “The Ronnie” was held Saturday April 8th, 2017 at the Ronnie Coleman Classic Expo in Fort Worth, Texas. Thirty-three Teens, Masters, Open Women and Open Men from several states traveled to Fort Worth and competed for their respective titles.
The Women were divided into two classes and each both provided great competition. The LW Women class was won by Jackie Wood. After coming off solid performances at 2016 Nationals and The Arnold, she prevailed over a very talented group of women. Amanda Vogt placed 2nd and Kim Lewis 3rd.
The HW Women showcased two ladies both fairly new to Strongwoman, Dani Vaji and Kitty Cross. After five events, with two wins by each lady and one tied event, a 200lb sandbag carry was the tie-breaker. Dani won the coin toss and elected to go last, Kitty picked the bag and went 160′ before dropping it. Dani, knowing what she had to do, gave it her all, but ran out of time and energy after making the 150′ mark. Expect to see both ladies at Nationals and able to perform quite well at that level.
The Teenage Men saw three quite capable competitors, in the end John Carter won all but one event and showed great potential for the Open classes which he will be moving up to after this year. Dakota Carpenter was 2nd and first timer Josh King 3rd.
The Masters Men had a newcomer Tracey Leather, a very, very big individual and the veteran Ty Roberts mixed in with the rest. In the end Ty prevailed winning all 5 events, with Tracey getting 2nd on each one and pushing him all the way. Both plan to go to Masters Nationals in Phoenix in October. Barrett Brunson who came all the way from Alabama picked up 3rd place, also qualifying for Masters Nationals.
The Under 200Lb Mens class was stacked with competitors and talent, in the end Chad Wilde had won three of the events and secured himself in the top spot. Second went to Joseph Berardi and third to Nick Sintiere.
The Under 231.5 Men was a see-saw battle between Joseph McCaskill and Taylor Tibbitts(who spent over 4 hours making weight Friday afternoon). In the end Taylor won the last two events and 1st place, the weight drop punching his ticket to Nationals. Newcomer Cameron Gardner finished in third place.
Due to a lack of Heavyweight Men, the <265’s and over 265’s were combined and it made for seven guys that battled it out all day long. In the end Caleb Woodall dominated the events with a 1st place finish in each. Local favorite, Quentavis Purdie, in his third contest, finished 2nd and continues to improve each contest. Third place was also a newcomer to the sport Albert Dawson, who showed ample strength to contend with the more seasoned competitors.
This was a Level 2 competition so the top two in each class qualified for Open Nationals, as well as the top three in Teens and Masters. To make winning a spot to Nationals even better, our premier sponsor for our Strongman events SBD USA, held a drawing from the winners and awarded airfare for them to this years Nationals. The winner was Ty Roberts, who can use it for either Open Nationals or Masters Nationals. Both of which he has competed in and performed at the highest level.