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Jesse Grupper and Kerry Scott Take First Prize at 2018 Dominion Riverrock

Kerry Scott takes women’s bouldering title; Jesse Grupper claims men’s bouldering title; and first prize at the Speed Comp is taken home by Ben Hanna and Arabella Jariel at this year's Dominion Energy Riverrock Festival

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The tenth-annual Dominion Energy Riverrock, a three-day outdoor sports festival in Virginia, finished up Sunday night. Riverrock, the nation’s largest outdoor sports and music festival takes place each year on Brown’s Island and Historic Tredegar in Richmond. A plethora of outdoor sports make an appearance at Riverrock, including trail running, kayaking, biking, bouldering, slacklining, SUPing and dog jumping. As always, Riverrock brought in top climbers from around the country for the 2018 competition, including the current U.S. men’s national champion Nathaniel Coleman. The American Ninja Warrior champ Isaac Caldiero also attended, along with Solomon Barth, Katie Lamb and Zoe Steinberg.

In the Boulder Bash event, Kerry Scott and Jesse Gruper overcame the competition and took home first place (as well as a $1,500 cash prize and a Yeti cooler) in the women’s and men’s categories, respectively.

The Boulder Bash started Friday with 20 men and 20 women in the running, competing for the top 15 slots in the semi-finals. On Saturday, the top 10 men and top 10 women from the semis competed in the finals, running a single-route course with a five minute time limit for the prize. Behind Gruper in the men’s final, Ben Hanna and Nathaniel Coleman came in second and third, respectively. Katie Lamb and Brianna Knaggs followed Scott to place second and third. -Owen Clarke

Boulder Bash Results (Top Five)

Men: Women:
1). Jesse Grupper ($1,500) 1). Kerry Scott ($1500)
2). Ben Hanna ($1,200) 2). Katie Lamb ($1,200)
3). Nathaniel Coleman ($900) 3). Brianna Knaggs ($900)
4). Eric Jerome ($600) 4). Ariana Mathews ($600)
5). Andy Lamb ($300) 5). Olivia Harmanos ($300)

The Speed Comp took place on Sunday. Two qualifying rounds were held in the morning, and the finals for the top climbers continued in the afternoon. Participants climbed on identical routes simultaneously. The top 10 climbers continued on to the first round of the finals, which led to the top six competing in the second, and final, round. Women’s first prize went to Arabella Jariel, with Ben Hanna taking home the cake in the men’s category. Each earned $500.

Speed Comp Results (Top 3)

Men: Women:
1). Ben Hanna ($500) 1). Arabella Jariel ($500)
2). Nathaniel Coleman ($250) 2). Emma Grace Lehmann ($250)
3). Solomon Barth ($100) 3). Ariana Mathews ($100)

Ariana Mathews ranked as the top female finisher overall, earning a $500 bonus. Hanna and Coleman were tied for top male finisher overall, and split their $500.

For more information about Dominion Riverrock or for full results from each of the events, please visit www.riverrockrva.com/. The event will return to Brown’s Island and Historic Tredegar on May 18-20, 2019.


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