Daniel Woods took first in men's and Charlotte Durif placed first in women's at the Sport Climbing Series (SCS) Nationals this past weekend at Movement and Fitness climbing Gym in Boulder, CO. Daniel Woods also became the first person to win bouldering and sport climbing nationals back to back.
11 men and nine women competed in finals this year. "The routes looked hard, but not short and bouldery like last year’s," writes Jackie Hueftle, a route setter at the Spot Bouldering Gym, on the Spot Route Setting Blog. "Instead, the announcers said that the routes are supposed to be true
sport style, with each move progressively a bit harder than the last."
"For the men, Daniel Woods qualified in seventh and put on a fantastic
performance, looking controlled and powerful throughout," Hueftle writes. "It looked like
he might send the route but then he fell on the top headwall. With six
men left to go it was probably nerve wracking for him to wait and see
how he’d end up. In the end, he dominated the field and walked away with
his first SCS National Championship."
After Daniel Woods in first, Carlo Traversi placed second and Noah Ridge came in third for the men's category.
"French champion Charlotte Durif was here to win the women’s category,
and win she did, as the only woman to send the women’s final," Hueftle writes. "She found
some kneebars in the top headwall, then after resting a bit executed a
perfect dropknee and did a French blow (blowing chalk off her fingers
with the relaxed detachment of an old man casually sending your project
in Font on his after-work circuit) while moving to the pocket that
Delaney had fallen from. From there she matched on the outside of the
pocket, threw a heel-hook, crossed to the second to last hold, and
easily jumped to the finish. Awesome."
After Durif, Delaney Miller placed second and Chelsea Rude came in third. Since Charlotte Durif is French and not American, Delaney Miller is now the women's national champion for sport climbing and will go on the world circuit representing the U.S.