Qualifying Round 2
The story so far, almost 100 people have
taken to the Qualifying Beach Course. Only eight have logged in a time,
including two challengers returning from last season's Japan round...
1) BRENT STEFFENSEN - :55
2) AMOS RENDAO - 1:00
3) EVAN DOLLARD - 1:01
4) LUIS MOCO - 1:06
5) VICTOR RIVERA - 1:07
6) ALEJANDRO RODRIGUEZ - 1:26
7) PHILLIP KINGSLEY - 1:35
8) ALDWAYNE SIMPSON - 1:36
Qualifying continues with...
JONATHAN "Bon-Yurke" BURKE (30; Gaylord,
MY; paramedic) - FAIL (Quad Steps)
JAY WEEMS (42; Des Moines, IA; web developer) - FAIL (Jump Hang)
LEANDRO ARTURO (33; Los Angeles; musician, BMX biker & rock climber) -
FAIL (Jump Hang)
KEVIN "The Frog Dude" ZEEFF (26; Van Nuys, CA; unemployed) - FAIL (Quad
DUSTIN ROCHO (32; Las Vegas; CPR instructor) - His wife is ALSO running
the course. COMPLETE! (1:02)
HOPE ROCHO (30; Las Vegas; mom of two) -
FAIL (Log Grip)
At least she'll get to cheer on Dustin in
the next round. Next is a veteran of the Kunoichi course... and another
dedicated G4 employee...
SARA UNDERWOOD (27; Portland, OR; "The
Feed" reader and former Playboy Playmate) - FAIL (Quad Steps)
Back to the show with...
CARLOS "Bubba Ninja" REID (48; Demopolis,
AL; retired game warden) - First, he pays tribute to Minoru "Mr.
Octopus" Kuramochi, a Sasuke vet who has a history of a) bringing a live
octopus with him to every tournament, and b) spectacularly blowing the
first stage. FAIL (Quad Steps)
AQUEELA ZOLL (23; Long Beach, CA; stylist) - FAIL (Jump Hang)
Now a finalist from last year...
PATRICK CUSIC (22; Albuquerque, NM;
gymnastics coach) - COMPLETE (2:00), on his final shot at the Warped
Wall, no less.
GREGORY CHANCE (27; St. Petersburg, FL; IT director) - FAIL (Jump Hang)
DREW DRESCHSEL (22; Gainesville, FL; car detailer and freerunner) -
COMPLETE (:53), and a new leader!
Joining the board... Jason Williams
(:58), Travis Rosen (:48), Christian Lauer (1:18), and Danny Johnson
RYAN STRATIS (28; Kennesaw, GA; Army
National Guardsman). He makes up for his semifinal loss last year with a
FINISH of 1:03 and his customary salute.
BRANDON DOUGLAS (22; Boulder, CO; recent college graduate) - COMPLETE
Next is a returning finalist from last
DAVID CAMPBELL (33; Scotts Valley, CA;
musician) - Last year, he dropped out at the Ultimate Cliff Hanger in
Sasuke... And he's back in the semis. COMPLETE (1:00)
Joining the board... these four: George
Dunwoody (1:43), Lorin Ball (1:31), Alan Connealy (:54), and Jake Smith
(:52). That makes 22. It's starting to get crowded.
DARON PAYNE (31; San Diego; insurance
analyst) - COMPLETE (1:16)
And now, while the NFL is in lockout...
MATT WILLIS (27; La Palma, CA; NFL wide receiver for the Denver Broncos)
- COMPLETE (1:35)
The board goes up to 28 with Ryan
Thompson (:54), Dan Mast (1:20), Rafe Kelley (1:10), and Sean Morris
JAMES McGRATH (24; Seattle; student) -
TREVOR "Tre" VAUGHN (22; Longmont, CO; student) - He was tops in
qualifying last year, but failed the semis. This is called unfinished
business... It's finished now. FAIL (Quad Steps)
Finally, our featured runner today... A
Ninja Warrior veteran who once held the record for the furthest any
American went into the course.
BRIAN "NoSole" OROSCO (28; San Francisco;
free runner) - COMPLETE (:54.3). So far, six is the magic number for
Brian. NoSole is BACK.
And this is how the board looks after two
days of Qualifying...
1) BRANDON DOUGLAS - :46
2) TRAVIS ROSEN - :48
3) SEAN MORRIS - :49
4) JAKE SMITH - :52
5) DREW DRESCHEL - :53
6) ALAN CONNEALY - :54.0
7) BRIAN OROSCO - :54.30
8) RYAN THOMPSON - :54.31
9) BRENT STEFFENSEN - :55
10) JASON WILLIAMS - :58
11) AMOS RENDAO - :1:00.6
12) DAVID CAMPBELL - :1:00.7
13) EVAN DOLLARD - 1:01
14) DUSTIN ROCHO - 1:02
15) RYAN STRATIS - 1:03
16) LUIS MOCO - 1:06
17) VICTOR RIVERA - 1:07
18) RAFE KELLEY - 1:10
19) JAMES McGRATH - 1:14
20) DARON PAYNE - 1:16
21) CHRISTIAN LAUER - 1:18.0
22) DANNY JOHNSON - 1:18.3
23) DAN MAST - 1:20
24) ALEJANDRO RODRIGUEZ - 1:26
25) LORIN BALL - 1:31
26) PHILLIP KINGSLEY - 1:35.2
27) MATT WILLIS - 1:35.8
28) ALDWAYNE SIMPSON - 1:36
29) GEORGE DUNWOODY - 1:43
30) PATRICK CUSIC - 2:00
Brandon Douglas is in the catbird seat,
but Patrick Cusic is in the danger zone. A repeat trip to Japan may be
out of the question for him, because NEXT TIME, we start dropping the
slowest times. As the final 100 prepare to take the course, stay with us
for... MORE crazy competitors... MORE outrageous obstacles... and MORE
AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR!
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